The Most Spectacular Libraries in the World

The photos below were captured by Will Pryce for James W.P.Campbell’s  The Library. I originally saw them in an article from The Telegraph,but I wanted to share it on my blog.

Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbra, Portugal: Portugal’s João the Magnanimous astonished the rector of the University of Coimbra by telling him that his request for help towards library facilities was too modest; the lavish result was financed with gold reserves that had been recently discovered in Brazil.
The Liyuan Library, Jiaojiehe, China: Camouflaged into its surroundings, the library at Liyuan, two hours north of Beijing, has a facade of flexed twigs wedged between rusty steel rails. Inside, bookshelves are used as floor, stairs, seats and tables.
The Glasgow School of Art Library, Scotland: Every element in the library of the Glasgow School of Art (1909) was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who had taken evening classes in architecture at the university in 1883.
Mafra Palace Library, Portugal:  Since its opening in 1771, the Mafra Palace Library has been home to a colony of tiny bats; they roost behind the cases in winter, and in the orchard outside in the summer, swooping in during the night to eat insects which would otherwise damage the books.
Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, Paris, France: Constructed in the mid-19th century, the Sainte-Geneviève library’s iron roof has echoes of the railway buildings of the time.
The Tripitaka Koreana, Haeinsa Temple, South Korea: In the remote Buddhist monastery of Haeinsa is preserved the Tripitaka Koreana, the most complete corpus of Buddhist doctrinal texts in the world, dating from 1251.
Admont Abbey Library, Austria: The books in the abbey’s original collection were re-bound in white – at enormous expense – to match the rest of the decorative scheme. The bronze sculptures are actually made from wood.
Shiba Ryotaro Museum, Osaka, Japan: Designed by Tadao Ando, the museum is home to the 20,000 books collected during his lifetime by the historical novelist Shiba Ryotaro.
Wiblingen Abbey Library, Germany:  The statues, which represent the virtues and the disciplines, and the columns are timber made to resemble marble (a technique known as scagliola).
The Codrington Library, All Souls College, Oxford: The library at All Souls was designed by Hawksmoor, though he did not live to see the building completed.
The George Peabody Library, Baltimore, USA: George Peabody was the founder of the charity which continues to finance housing for low-income families in London; he also endowed the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, of which this seven-storey library comprises just part.
The Theological Hall, Strahov Abbey, Prague, Czech Republic: The Rococo ceiling of the Theological Hall at Strahov Abbey was added 40 years after the room was initially completed; the masonry vaulting offered a degree of protection from fire – a huge problem in medieval and Renaissance libraries as coal or wood fires were used for heating.
The Escorial Library, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain: The Escorial’s was the first major library to have its collection arranged in cases lining the walls, rather than in bays jutting out at right angles.
Altenburg Abbey Library, Austria: This Rococo library (1742) was designed by Josef Muggenast to deliberately exaggerate the size of the collection; there are only nine bookcases housed in the library.
Biblioteca Malatestiana, Cesena, Italy: The Malatesta Library is the oldest library in the Western world to retain its original fittings and collection; it takes its name from a local tyrant, Malatesta Novello, who paid for it and oversaw its building between 1447 and 1452. The position of each book is fixed; the reader goes to the book rather than the book being brought by or to the reader.
Cottbus Library, Germany: Designed by the Swiss firm of Herzog & de Meuron, the Cottbus library features brightly coloured concrete spiral staircases.

 

Holidays

Ok,this post is not about books,but I thought that you might be interested to know where I spent the past holidays (and in which part of the world I live).Here are some pictures I took at Le Touessrok.At that time I hadn’t yet mastered the DSLR – I still don’t – and I didn’t always carry it around. And yep,these are non-edited pictures.I myself was at times stunned by the very blue sky.

This was the view I got from my balcony.Not bad,although the coconut trees prevented me from obtaining a full view of the sea.
This was the view I got from my balcony.Not bad,although the coconut trees prevented me from obtaining a full view of the sea.
This was the view from my left.The pic would have been great,had it not been the obtrusive coconut tree standing right in front of me.
My view from the left.The pic would have been great,had it not been the obtrusive coconut tree standing right in front of me.
When you use the stairs,this is the view you come across.The triangular roof has always been something the Touessrok is known for.Also,plants and trees are omnipresent at this hotel.
When you use the stairs,this is the view you come across.Le Touessrok has always been very well known for its trademark triangular roof and its proximity with nature.Flowers and plants are omnipresent there.

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I love the shades of the coconut trees.I think this picture could well be used as postal card.It makes one want to come to Mauritius.
I love the shades of the coconut trees.I’m pretty happy with this one.

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This is the view you get when heading to the other side of the beach.

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This is the bridge you have to use to get back to the other side.I like the bridge.It looks nice.
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My view from the right…
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…and my view from the left.
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Here you get an idea of how vast the hotel’s landscape is.

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When you get off that bridge,you really feel 'little'.The beach looks endless and the trees are gigantic.A nice feeling.
When you get off that bridge,you really feel tiny.The beach looks endless and the trees are gigantic.A nice feeling.
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Some more pics of the bridge.

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The swimming pool.I don't like the picture,but I couldn't show you pics of the hotel without one of the swimming pool.
The swimming pool.I don’t like the picture,but I couldn’t show you pics of the hotel without one of the swimming pool.
My last pic at Le Touessrok.It doesn't do the entrance any justice though,as I was in a rush to follow my parents.
My last pic at Le Touessrok.It doesn’t do the entrance any justice though,as I was in a rush to follow my parents.

Plexiglass.

Daily Prompt: 

What was the last thing you searched for online? Why were you looking for it? 

The last thing I searched on the Internet was ‘plexiglass for books’.These are only keywords.What I’m really looking for is how to use plexiglass to keep my book open when I’m trying to take a picture of a particular page.

I wouldn’t be looking for that if Mauritian customs regulations weren’t so stringent.Apart from books,which are exempt from customs duties and vat,everything else cost thrice or twice its price when imported here.So I cannot buy a book stand from eBay or Amazon and thus,will have to learn from book-aficionados how to use plexiglass as a book holder.