May 27, 2022
The oldest continually operating library in the world dates back to 548 - 565 CE. The library is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The library dating back to 859 CE is located at the University of Al-Qarawiyyin. It houses around 4000 rare books and ancient Arabic manuscripts.
This ancient library, commissioned in 1368 (estd. 1461) is home to France’s royal collection of important manuscripts and documents. It has around 14 million books and journals.
It dates back to somewhere between 1430 and 1508, and is one of the four chained libraries in the world. The Chained Library is off-limits, but the Reading Room is open to the public.
The library was the first European civic library that was open to the public. Opened in 1452, the library is home to around 400,000 books.
The 16th century library is located in the St. Walburga’s Church. It is one of the last chained libraries in the world.
The Francis Trigge Chained Library is the first public reference library in England. It was founded in 1598.
It dates back to 1611 and is one of the surviving chained libraries. The books are still kept under lock and key.
The library was opened in 1571 and is also one of Michelangelo’s designs. The library is home to more than 11,000 old manuscripts and around 5000 books.
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