8/ Congress Library, Washington D.C, United States
The Congress Library is a research centre which is also considered to be America’s National Library. Created in 1800, it is the oldest Federal Library in the United States. It is also the biggest library in the world in terms of the number of books.
9/ National Library of Austria, Vienna
This library was founded in the Middle Ages by the Habsburgs. With more that 7 million documents, this is Austria’s richest library!
10/ Oberlausitz Science Library, Gorlitz, Germany
Oberlausitz Science Library has close to 140,000 volumes making it the biggest library in the region. The magnificent building promotes the transfer of knowledge between Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. This public scientific library is part of the historical and cultural municipal collections of Görlitz.
11/ Beinecke Library, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Beinecke Library of rare books and manuscripts is part of Yale University, in the state of Connecticut. Opened in 1963, it is one of the main patrimonial national libraries in the world thanks to its rare book collection.
12/ Stuttgart Municipal Library, Germany
The Municipal Library of Stuttgart received a prize for being the library of the year in 2013. From 1965 to 2011 the central library was situated n Wilhelms Palace. Giovanni Salucci originally constructed this building constructed between 1834 and 1840 as King Wurtemberg’s residence.
13/ New York Public Library, United States
The New York Public Library (NYPL) is a network of national libraries in the city of New York. With almost 53 million documents, it is the second biggest public library in the United States.
14/ Vennesla Library, Norway
The Vennesla library is a public national library with a modern design. Completed in 2011, it has won many architectural prizes.