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The library of Admont Abbey is one of the largest all-embracing creations of the late European Baroque. Within it are represented various artistic genres (architecture, frescoes, sculptures, manuscripts and printed works) that come together to form an impressive whole. It is a repository of the knowledge gleaned down the centuries. The library holds some 70,000 volumes while the Abbey in total owns nearly 200,000 books. The most valuable among these are the more than 1,400 manuscripts (the oldest dating to the 8th century AD) and the 530 incunabulae (books printed before 1500).      


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Library of Jerusalem: The largest library of books and stationery in Nouakchott.


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Atria has one of the oldest historic and contemporary collections about women and gender worldwide. Our archives contain extraordinary and surprising items that are well worth seeing.


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The Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria was once the residence of emperors and kings, but today, in addition to being the official home of the country’s president, it plays host to an amazing 7.4 million items in the Austrian National Library. The original royal collection found a permanent abode in the palace when the Court Library was constructed between the years 1723 and 1735, first under the direction of architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, and with the building work later overseen by his son Johann Emanuel Fischer von Erlach. One of the Austrian National Library’s most jaw-dropping features is the huge fresco on the ceiling, which was created by painter Daniel Gran. The dome is also decorated with statues by sculptor Paul Strudel that pay tribute to the Habsburg rulers.  


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Baynatna. The Arabic Library is both a lending library and a salon. We want to strengthen intercultural dialogue and be a place for those who want to multiply their knowledge and exchange their views on literature and music. We lend Arabic-language, German and English-language literature and organize readings, concerts and workshops.      


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The New Library of Alexandria, the New Bibliotheca Alexandrina is dedicated to recapture the spirit of openness and scholarship of the original Bibliotheca Alexandrina. It is much more than a library. The Library of Alexandria was reborn in October 2002 to reclaim the mantle of its ancient namesake. It is not just an extraordinarily beautiful building; it is also a vast complex where the arts, history, philosophy, and science come together. Moreover, the myriad activities it offers have made it a place for open discussion, dialogue, and understanding.


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The mission of the Bodleian Libraries is to provide an excellent service to support the learning, teaching and research objectives of the University of Oxford; and to develop and maintain access to Oxford's unique collections for the benefit of scholarship and society. Together, the Libraries hold more than 12 million printed items, over 80,000 e-journals and outstanding special collections including rare books and manuscripts, classical papyri, maps, music, art and printed ephemera. Members of the public can explore the collections via the Bodleian’s online image portal at digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk or by visiting the exhibition galleries in the Bodleian’s Weston Library.


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Herzog & de Meuron achieved international recognition with their famed design for the Tate Modern in London, and the Swiss firm excelled again with the conception of the library at Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus, Germany. Rather fittingly for a building that houses many words, its skin is covered with myriad lettering in various alphabets and languages. Inside, it’s considerably more vibrant, with storage spaces, ceilings and shelves that are almost kaleidoscopic in their hues. The structure, which was completed in 2004, stands at just under 105 feet in height and features seven levels above ground plus two below.  


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The Braunschweig University of Art is an internationally orientated art university with the right to grant doctorates and the right of habilitation. With 1000 students in Fine Arts, Performing Arts, ART. Education, Design, Aesthetics and Art History and Media Studies, the Braunschweig University of Art is one of the largest art academies in Germany. Excellently equipped studios and laboratories provide the ideal working conditions for all intellectual, creative and artistic processes.  


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We are the national library of the United Kingdom and give access to the world’s most comprehensive research collection. We provide information services to academic, business, research and scientific communities. Our collection of over 170 million items includes artefacts from every age of written civilisation. We keep the nation’s archive of printed and digital publications, adding around three million new items to our collection every year. We have many books, but we have so much more. Our London and Yorkshire sites have everything from newspapers to sound recordings, patents, prints and drawings, maps and manuscripts. Our inspiring exhibitions interpret these collections and bring their stories to the public.


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The Library of the UvA (UBA) comprises: the University Library, the faculty libraries, the Medical Library of the Academic Medical Centre (AMC) The faculty libraries for the Humanities, Economics and Business, Social and Behavioural Sciences, and Science are part of the organisation of the University Library.


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The City currently has 101 libraries, two satellite libraries and a mobile library service, that not only lend books but provide access to electronic resources and community events. Central Public Library services the community and residents of Cape Town. Here community members can loan books and have access to computers, newspapers and a variety of other resources. We also run a range of educational and fun programmes in all of our libraries.


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The Cerritos Library, the New Cerritos Library, or the Cerritos Public Library is the civic library for the City of Cerritos, California. It was rededicated on March 16, 2002, with the new moniker and the current futuristic design. It was the first building to feature an exterior clad with titanium panels in the United States. It boasts to be the first "Experience Library" and focuses on themed spaces, high-quality artwork, and inspirational architecture rather than being another library in the traditional sense.


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The mission of the Chelsea District Library is to provide equal access to quality resources that serve the lifelong cultural, educational and informational needs and interests of all people.


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The Biblioteca Joanina, the ornate 18th century Baroque library of the University of Coimbra, owes its name to the monarch under whose aegis it was built: João V, the Magnanimous, the name by which he went down in history, who sponsored the building as part of his wide-ranging efforts to promote artistic, cultural and scientific endeavours.


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Its pink glass exterior glows at night, and its namesake – the Perugia-born poet Sandro Penna – is given a tribute through excerpts of his writings that cover the see-through panels of the façade at the entrance. Inside, there’s also a touch of color courtesy of furnishings in the children’s area and couches, while sound insulation helps create an environment perfect for reading and study.


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Charles Deering Library, on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, U.S., was the main library on the Evanston campus until the construction of the Northwestern University Library in 1970. Deering Library houses the Government Publications Department and the Northwestern University Archives on the first floor, the Music Library on the second floor, and the Map Collection, the Art Reference Collection and the Special Collections Department on the third floor. The library is named for Charles Deering, a Northwestern benefactor and chairman of International Harvester, who provided the initial financing for the building.  


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Deichman consists of 23 branch libraries located all over Oslo. Deichman was founded in 1785 and is Norway’s oldest and largest public library.  A Deichman library is a place for you, whoever you may be. In our libraries you are welcome to spend time reading, working, relaxing, meeting friends, or enjoying some peace and quiet.   You are free to borrow whatever you like from our collection of more than a million books, movies, games, CDs and other media. All you need is a library card.


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ECU offers innovative and practical courses across a variety of disciplines and we have a vibrant research culture. ECU is a leader in developing alternative entry pathways to higher education.


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The Embassy of the Free Mind is a meeting place where wisdom from all over the world is collected, where images and texts tell the personal stories of freethinkers from our history. It is a platform where you can debate with others about life questions, regardless of religion, culture or age.  Discover art, history, science, and spirituality in a new way, in a new context.  We offer you a voyage of discovery through 2,000 years of collected wisdom, inspired by the collection of the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.


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The Fisher Fine Arts Library supports study, teaching and research in contemporary and historical aspects of art, architecture, city and regional planning, historic preservation, landscape architecture, studio art, and urban design. Text and image collections, in analog and digital form, have a global reach and concentrate on the arts of the western experience, Islam, South Asia and East Asia, from prehistory to the present. Our digital and print resources are designed to meet the needs of students and faculty of the departments, schools, and programs of the University of Pennsylvania


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The Philological Library holds a broad range of subjects: Literary theory and comparative literature, English, Byzantine, German, Indian philology / South Asia, Classical, Latin America Institute, Medieval Latin Philology Modern Greek, Dutch philology, Philosophy, Romance, Slavic studies, Comparative and Indo-Germanic linguistics.


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The mission of the libraries is to promote a learning culture within GMIT by acquiring, organising, disseminating and providing access to learning resources and services in a congenial environment. The libraries will support teaching, learning, research and regional development by providing a customer based service to our students, staff and stakeholders.


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The UC San Diego Library, ranked among the nation's top 25 public academic libraries, plays a critical role in advancing and supporting the university's research, teaching, patient care, and public service missions. The world-renowned research for which UC San Diego is known starts at the UC San Diego Library, which provides the foundation of knowledge needed to advance cutting-edge discoveries in a wide range of disciplines, from healthcare and science to public policy and the arts.  


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This foundation is dedicated towards the preservation and restoration of gable stones.  Gables stones were placed above a house and the imagery carved into the stone was used to indicate either a trade, story about the house or owner.   They were stone documents and introduced before the general population became literate.  This foundation has a fascinating Dutch and English library.  Please email them before you arrive as the library doesn't have opening hours.  The members are very friendly and passionate about their work!


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Completed in 2006, its columns are intended to visually communicate with the nearby trees, with the atrium curving around a sizable chestnut on the site. The library’s transparent glass and concrete façade allow visitors a glimpse at its facilities, which include a café and exhibition space.  


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We welcome and support all people in their enjoyment of reading and pursuit of lifelong learning.  


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The NCSU Libraries has earned an international reputation for an intense and sustained focus on how students learn and how faculty create and share knowledge in an age of digital technology and collaboration. The James B. Hunt Jr. Library builds on all we have learned to create an iconic building that captures the spirit of NC State University’s strengths in science, engineering, technology, and textiles.  


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The Kanazawa Umimirai Library building, which was completed in 2011, is enclosed by a white “punching wall.” The wall is replete with 6,000 little holes that let in a soothing light and is also designed to help distribute seismic force in case of earthquakes. Floor heating and cooling have been incorporated for the public’s comfort, while the roof’s openings provide natural aeration to help make it more pleasant in the summertime. The awesome-looking structure was honored with the Chubu Architecture Award in 2012.  


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A doorway to knowledge for all people in our community. At The Kansas City Public Library, our mission is to build everything we do around literacy. See how we're working to transform Kansas City into a community of readers!


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Find a wealth of knowledge at Kiribati National Library and Archives, containing a collection of educational books and documents pertaining not only to Kiribati but also to the Pacific region as a whole. Accessible to guests of any age, the library caters to children and students and often invites volunteers to conduct reading sessions with young visitors. The library strives to ensure the ongoing cultural, educational, and economic growth of Kiribati, preserving private and public archival records for future generations.


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The large complex of Klementinum was founded by the Jesuits after their arrival in Bohemia in 1556. Initially, members of the order lived in a former Dominican monastery, but in 1653 began expanding their premises. The reconstruction lasted over 170 years, so there is a variety of architectural styles in Klementinum. With more than 2 hectares it is also one of the largest building complexes in Europe. Prominent architects were involved in the design of the building, for example, Carlo Lurago, Franz Maximilian Kanka or Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer.    


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The Klett Group is aware of its responsibility as an educational company and supports numerous projects and initiatives to promote culture and education in Germany and abroad. The focus of all co-operations is sustainability, in other words, long-term collaboration with its respective partners, and the belief that education can change people’s lives and unlock new perspectives.  


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The library of Muyinga is an inclusive school for deaf children in northeast Burundi, built by locally sourced materials and techniques, with a participatory approach. The project is a collaboration between BC Architecture & Studies and the NGO of the diocese of Muyinga Odedim (Organisation Diocésaine pour l’Entraide et le Développement Intégral de Muyinga). Both parts promoted a holistic building process in Burundi, focusing on the development of educational structures.


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Nation Library of Brazil


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Located in the Capitol building, the State Law Library of Iowa provides Iowa lawmakers, government employees, the legal community, and the general public with a highly specialized legal collection of treatises, as well as, both state and federal statutory, regulatory, and case law. The collection also contains the abstracts and arguments of the Iowa Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, legal periodicals, and materials produced by the Iowa legislature. Research assistance is available.


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The new Library of Birmingham is said to be not only Britain’s biggest public library but also the largest regional facility of its kind in the whole of Europe. Its dazzling silver, glass, and gold exterior features interlocking metal rings and was designed by Dutch architects Mecanoo to pay tribute to the English city’s Jewelry Quarter. The postmodern-style replacement for the Birmingham Central Library was opened in 2013 and has a wealth of resources within its walls, including adult and kids’ libraries, music collections, a Shakespeare Memorial Room, and even a health facility. Gardens crown the roof, while the changing seasons bring variations in the shadows and reflections inside. interlocking metal rings and was designed by Dutch architects Mecanoo to pay tribute to the English city’s Jewelry Quarter.


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The library-on-wheels offers pupils and street kids free access to children’s books, which are in short supply at public schools and libraries. It also offers one of the few spaces outside the home that children can use in a city where fear is increasingly keeping residents behind closed doors. The library bus stops at schools, parks or orphanages throughout the week, and is an “efficient” way to reach lots of children, Karim said, helping to improve Afghanistan’s low general rate of literacy of just 36 percent. Even now most public schools in Afghanistan do not have libraries, said Shafiullah, who used to work at Kabul’s main public library and now helps non-profit organizations publish children’s books.


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The Library of Parliament contributes to Canadian parliamentary democracy by creating, managing and delivering authoritative, reliable and relevant information and knowledge for Parliament.  


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The full intellectual and cultural development of the Filipino people through the love for reading books and the new forms of literary materials, the lessons and insights of which enable and empower them to adapt to rapid technological advances and the changes accompanying global trends, for application in their present lives and the lives of the next generations of the Filipinos.


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The Los Angeles Public Library provides free and easy access to information, ideas, books and technology that enrich, educate and empower every individual in our city's diverse communities.


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An innovative research-focused university with a unique interdisciplinary approach to learning.  


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Some rare works furnish its shelves to this day, as incunabula (books printed until 1500) like the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493), and other precious books as the Theatrvm Orbis Terrarvm by Ortelius (1595), the famous Nuremberg Chronicle and the firts enciclopidiae - known as Diderot et d'Alembert. Attesting its importance, a Papal bull of Pope Benedictus XV, from 1745, allows this Library to shelter the Index of prohibited books and forbids under excommunication “to anyone of any state or condition, in any time or in any way, to take, remove or lend from the Library without the permission of the Portuguese King, any printed books or manuscripts inhere stored”.   The Library is open to  researchers, historians or scholars, whose object of study justifies the access to this collection. A previous appointement is recommnded.          


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As a center of intense intellectual inquiry, the University of Chicago Library shares with its University the aspiration to be the most dynamic research and learning environment in the world.


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In the order of importance of the rooms in a Benedictine monastery, the library comes second only to the church. The artistic, valuable decoration shows the high regard the monks had for their library. The ceiling fresco by Paul Troger (1731/32) shows, in contrast to the secular scenery of the Marble Hall, a symbolic depiction of Faith. In the center a female figure is recognizable; the allegory of Faith. She is surrounded by four groups of angels, who stand for the four Cardinal Virtues: Wisdom, Justice, Fortitude, and Temperance. The four wooden sculptures are depictions of the four faculties: Theology, Philosophy, Medicine, and Jurisprudence.


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Bibliographical wealth brings approximately 25,000 volumes. These include rare editions Aldine, Elzevirianas and Plantinianas; there are incunabula and Franciscan chronicles of the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries respectively, also an Atlas or Theater of worldwide mid seventeenth century, some volumes of the first dictionary published by the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language, the famous Regia Bible published in Antwerp between 1571-1572 more than 6,000 parchments, numerous works of Jesuits, Augustinians, Benedictines and Carmelites. It also contains thousands of books that arrive until the twentieth century in different languages ​​and subjects like Philosophy, Theology, History, Literature, Music, Geography, Canon Law, Ecclesiastical Law, Predicables Works, Bibles, etc. They are written in Latin, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian and some of them written in very ancient languages.


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An open access library with strong children’s, youth, scientific and legal sections.


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The National Library of New Zealand is here to help you access and use the collective knowledge of the nation.   It's our job to collect, connect, and co-create knowledge to power New Zealand.


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The BnF’s collections are unique in the world: 15 million books and printed documents, manuscripts, prints, photographs, maps and plans, scores, coins, medals, sound documents, video and multimedia documents, scenery elements... All disciplines, whether intellectual, artistic or scientific, are represented in a comprehensive way. About 150 000 documents are added to the collections each year thanks to legal deposit, acquisitions, and donations.  Today, the BnF’s digital library, Gallica, provides access to over four millions documents. Numerous cultural events highlight and make known the library’s outstanding collections: exhibitions, lectures, symposiums, concerts, and meetings are planned all the year long. They are run by librarians and personalities from the cultural world.


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The National Library of New Zealand is here to help you access and use the collective knowledge of the nation.  It's our job to collect, connect, and co-create knowledge to power New Zealand.


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The National Library of New Zealand is here to help you access and use the collective knowledge of the nation.  It's our job to collect, connect, and co-create knowledge to power New Zealand.


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The OBA comprises a Central Library and 25 branch libraries. De Stichting Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (OBA) is een culturele instelling, die zich ten doel stelt het vrije verkeer van informatie in de Amsterdamse samenleving te bevorderen. De OBA is opgegeven als culturele algemeen nut beogende instelling (ANBI).


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We encourage lively, open conversation and welcome comments that are both positive and negative about the council. However, if comments are off-topic, offensive or inappropriate they are subject to removal. Overly frequent or repetitive posting is likely to be flagged and dealt with accordingly.


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The Portuguese-Jewish family De Pinto took up residence here in 1651, just outside the actual Jewish neighbourhood. The most well-known resident, Izaäc de Pinto (1717-1787), was the chief administrator of both the East and the West Indies Company. His initials can be found in the wrought iron trelliswork in front of the windows. The premises threatened to be demolished around 1970 to make room for the underground. The building has been in use as Public Library since 1975. Both the construction phase of 1602 by Jan Janszoon Carel as well as that of De Pinto from 1686 are clearly visible in the interior. The original ceiling paintings can be admired during opening hours. The initials IP, of Isaäc de Pinto, can be seen in the wrought iron trelliswork in front of the windows.


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The Rijksmuseum Research Library is one of the main art libraries in the world. Catalogues of auctions and exhibitions, trade and collection catalogues, as well as books, periodicals and annual reports relating to the museum collections have been collected without interruption since 1885. The library is situated in the main building of the Rijksmuseum and houses a reading room and a study room. In the reading room, you can consult the collections of the library, in the study room the collections of the Print Room and the collection documentation.


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The Ritman Library or Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica (BPH) is the largest library in the world in the fields of Hermeticism, Alchemy, Mysticism, Rosicrucians, Gnosis & Western Esotericism and Comparative Religion studies.


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We have been part of the Seattle community since shortly after the city’s founding. Since 1891, we have grown from a single reading room in Pioneer Square to a world-class Library system with 27 locations. Learn more about us, our contributions to the city, and how you can support our work.


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The mission of the Sedona Public Library is to enrich the lives of Sedona-area residents and to help them and our community succeed by providing information services that are affordable, responsive, efficient and enjoyable.


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The branch library of the National Library of Korea and the first of its regional library will be built in Sejong City. The ‘E-BRARY’ a compound word of Emotion and Library, implies a library that accommodates digital in the analog form while reflecting the human touches. Grounded on three strategy concepts of the ‘emotional shape, emotional space and emotional experience’, the National Library of Sejong aims to be not only a research-oriented library but also an open library to the inhabitants. Off to the north of the land connected from the central office building to the central park lies the main entrance and exit for the pedestrian access.   The central square and the pedestrian plaza in the west forms an open space centered on pedestrians in connection with the cultural facilities in the surroundings. The water park in the east and the neighborhood park in the south are connected with a circulation type green area. In the outside space stands the book theme park and the sculpture park in consideration of the wedge type green axis directed to the city from the central park. Its shape sitting softly on the pine tree hills and a pond if the first page is being turned exudes the sensitivity feel. Such design has stemmed from the image that the information is being transferred to become the icon that signifies the dynamic city.


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Special Collections of the UvA manages all the old, valuable and rare books, prints, prints and manuscripts of the university.


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The State Library’s public events and free exhibitions are among our most popular activities. In fact, the Library has been attracting the culturally aware for a number of years with great literary talks, fashion events, photography slide-nights and by hosting the ever-popular World Press Photo exhibition each year. The likes of Nick Cave, Tim Freedman, Leah Purcell, Charles Pickering, Abbey Lee Kershaw as seen in Vogue Sept 2008, and LOVER – just to name a few – have participated in events at the Library. Please note: The Mitchell Library reading room is not open on Sundays.


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The Monastery library belongs to the most ancient and most impressive ones in Austria. The gorgeous main hall in late-Baroque impresses by the mighty bookshelves that practically isolate the sphere of the spirit. The colorful ceiling fresco (1747) by Bartolomeo Altomonte (figures) and by Antonio Tassi (architectural painting) shows the marriage of virtue and science under protection of the religion.  


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The mission of the Stillwater Public Library is to promote the power of knowledge, encourage the discovery of ideas, and instill the joy of reading.


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Strahov Monastery is a Premonstratensian abbey founded in 1143 by Jindřich Zdík, Bishop John of Prague, and Vladislaus II, Duke of Bohemia. It is located in Strahov, Prague, Czech Republic.  


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There are information boards and interactive information columns on every floor to help you find your way around, and direct you to the media or service you need. Staff at the information desk on the ground floor will be happy to answer any questions about orientation and give you factual information. You will find topic-related details about the media collection and electronic access to information at the information desk in the relevant Section, as well as advice about the library.


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The Hachioji and Kaminoge Libraries play a significant role in providing information, which contributes to art education and research for students and faculty. Key activities include collecting and preserving materials in the fields of art, design and other related genres and establishing an index database of all collected items. In addition, the staff makes every effort to provide an excellent reference service, gathering new knowledge and the latest information. Since the new library was opened in 2007, we aim to fulfill its function and maintain a "creative library" acting as an information database and an information dissemination office.


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This stunning Brazilian library contains the largest collection of Portuguese texts outside of Portugal itself.  


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Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library system. Each year, more than 19 million people visit our 98 branches and borrow more than 33 million items.


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The Library of Trinity College Dublin is the largest library in Ireland. Its collections of manuscripts and printed books have been built up since the end of the sixteenth century. Today it has 6 million printed volumes with extensive collections of journals, manuscripts, maps and music reflecting over 400 years of academic development. The most famous of its manuscripts, the Book of Kells and the Book of Durrow, were presented by Henry Jones, Bishop of Meath and former vice-chancellor of the University, in the 1660s. Other special collections include the Ussher Collection acquired in 1661 and the Fagel Collection of 1802.   The Library was endowed with legal deposit privilege in 1801 and continues to receive copies of material published in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The Library supports the learning and research needs across all disciplines of the College; it is a major research library of international repute; it provides services to a wide range of external users and institutions; it contributes to the development of creative initiatives in information provision and its exhibitions of manuscripts and other treasures attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to visit the Old Library each year. Although an institution of great antiquity, the Library pioneers modern methods of resource discovery and developments in the teaching, learning and research processes.  


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The Tuvalu National Library and Archives was established on the 1st September 1978 as part of Tuvalu's preparation towards their political independence.


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As seasoned travelers and bibliophiles, we were often surprised by the poor quality of books provided by hotels for their guests. So with our publishing background and the ambition to improve hotels’ book collections, we established Ultimate Library in 2007. We have always enjoyed reading about the places we visit, discovering through literature stories that best capture that sense of place, whether fiction, traveler’s tales or even poetry. Reading has always been an integral part of every holiday we have been on. We are dedicated to building bespoke book collections for hotels, resorts, private residences and retail spaces


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The splendid Central Library is arguably the jewel in the crown of the Ciudad Universitaria campus at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City. Completed in 1952, the building – designed by Gustavo Saavedra and Juan Martínez de Velasco – holds approximately 400,000 books. However, it is perhaps best known for its exterior murals, which were crafted by Mexican architect and painter Juan O’Gorman and cover the ten-story building in a mosaic that recounts the history of the country. Perhaps surprisingly, none of the murals are painted; O’Gorman journeyed through Mexico to find the brightly colored stones of which they’re made.


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The University of Al-Qarawiyyin’s library is also recognized as the oldest in the world. It contains over 4000 manuscripts, many of which date back to the 9th century.


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Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest and the UK's fifth oldest university. William Elphinstone established King's College to train doctors, teachers and clergy for the communities of northern Scotland, and lawyers and administrators to serve the Scottish Crown. Much of the King's College still remains today, as do the traditions which the Bishop began. King’s College opened with 36 staff and students and embraced all the known branches of learning: arts, theology, canon and civil law. In 1497 it was first in the English-speaking world to create a chair of medicine. Elphinstone’s college looked outward to Europe and beyond, taking the great European universities of Paris and Bologna as its model.  


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The Library’s central mission is to provide Congress, and then the federal government, and the American people with a rich, diverse, and enduring source of knowledge that can be relied upon to inform, inspire, and engage them, and support their intellectual and creative endeavors.


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The Vatican Apostolic Library, more commonly called the Vatican Library or simply the Vat, is the library of the Holy See, located in Vatican City. Formally established in 1475, although it is much older, it is one of the oldest libraries in the world and contains one of the most significant collections of historical texts.


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The Vancouver Public Library reflects the diversity of our communities, preserves the record of our experience, and provides access to the world's most innovative ideas and enduring wisdom. It celebrates our desire to learn, to share knowledge, and to contribute to the human story.


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The Vasconcelos Library offers various free services such as computers with Internet connection, multimedia, children's collections, books in Braille, exhibitions, concerts, workshops, and courses.  


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The Vennesla Library and Culture House is a public library serving the inhabitants of Vennesla Municipality in Vest-Agder, Norway. The new library building completed in 2011 has won several architecture prizes and has been praised both within Norway and abroad.    


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The monastery library, located in the north wing, is not to be missed. Its exquisite Rococo interior features an ornamental, winding gallery supported by multiple columns. The numerous statues and sweeping ceiling fresco represent the architect’s vision that the library is a place for preserving “treasures of wisdom and science”. The facility has another point of interest for visitors with the monastery museum. Here the history of the abbey focuses on the mundane aspects of cloister control and management.        


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Explore York Libraries and Archives Mutual Ltd is an Industrial and Provident Society with charitable status.  We are one third owned by staff and two thirds by our Community Members.  Anyone over the age of 16 can apply to own one share in Explore as a Community Member.  We manage City of York Council’s library and archive services under a five year contract.   Our Board is made up of three non-executive directors, the CEO, one staff director and two Community Members (voted for by all the Community Members).  It meets every six weeks at various libraries across the city.