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5 Most Historical Public Libraries in the World

Lotrlibrary.com – Nowadays, accessing books is not difficult. Many books are available for free or paid in e-book version . It seems that physically reading books is no longer the main option.

But did you know that there are libraries that still stand in this modern era and have existed for centuries before that. These libraries have amazing buildings. 

Below, there are 11 most valuable public libraries in the world. Collectively housing millions of book volumes, the buildings contain a majesty that you can’t find in an app on your smartphone .

1. Biara Santa Katarina

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This library has existed since the 6th century, founded by Justinian I and is located on the Sinai Peninsula. This library is part of world history because it has the second largest collection of scrolls and early manuscripts in the world. And has a total of 3,300 books in Greek, Arabic, Syriac, Georgian and Slavic.

In 2002, UNESCO listed it as a World Heritage Site. This library was closed for three years due to restoration work and was reopened in 2017.

2. Khizanat Al Qarawiyyin

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Al Qarawiyyin is the oldest library in the world and a university in Fez, Morocco. This library, which has 4,000 rare texts and ancient Arabic manuscripts, was built by a Muslim woman named Fatima al Fihria. It has been under restoration for three years, and reopened in 2016.

3. The Power Pavilion Library

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The Tianyi Pavilion Library is the third oldest private library in the world founded in 1561 in the Ming Dynasty by Fan Qin, and it is open to the public. It has 300,000 ancient records and 80,000 extremely rare texts.

4. Royal Library of the El Escorial Monastery

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El Escorial operates as a monastery, kingdom, palace, pantheon, library, museum, university, school and hospital located in the city of San Lorenzo de Escorial which was built at the end of the 16th century. El Escorial has a total of 40,000 books and around 2,700 manuscripts.

Became a UNESCO World Heritage Site as the historic residence of the Kings of Spain because it was created as a monument to the Spanish kings.

5. Trinity College Library

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The largest library in Ireland is an academic library which has 5 million books, which are provided for students. Founded in 1592, the library has legal deposits holding copies of every book printed in Ireland and England. And for Trinity alumni, they are given access to the library after graduation.

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