Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Unique Libraries

This blog is going to be dedicated to libraries around the country that are unique and interesting in one way or another. First up is:

The Library of Congress

The Library of Congress was founded in 1800 and is the largest library in the world. It contains more than 160 millions items housed on 838 miles of bookshelves! Each day the library gets 15,000 items and 12,000 items are added to the collections daily. 

New York Public Library

The actual name of the library is the Stephen A. Schwarzman Library, but that's too much of a mouthful. The New York Public Library has been used in several movies such as Spider-Man. The two stone lions at the entrance are called Patience and Fortitude and to add more space, the library was extended under Bryant Park.

Salt Lake City Main Branch

The library was designed by Moshe Safdie, an internationally-acclaimed architect and opened in 2003. The library holds more than 500,000 items, shops, reading galleries, and a 300-seat auditorium. The library also has a roof-top garden.

Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library

This library is located on the campus of Vassar College. The library is a enormous Gothic structure houses over 1,000,000 books and a massive microfilm collection. The library is best known for it's stained glass window which shows the first woman to earn a doctorate in Europe, Elena Cornaro Piscopia. 


  1. Oh my goodness I had no idea about the Library of Congress having 12,000 items added daily! That's a LOT to read! I wish I could visit all of these... I think it'd be such an awesome feeling just being surrounded by books and books and books, especially really old books.

  2. These are places I really want to visit. Especially the Salt Lake City Libraby, that is a piece of artwork!

  3. I've always wanted to visit some old libraries. There's just something about the history that lies within that makes it so interesting to me. I think the ones you chose to showcase are great, too!