Shh!  The best libraries in the world look like temples of knowledge with huge collections of books.

Shh! The best libraries in the world look like temples of knowledge with huge collections of books.

The world’s greatest libraries look like temples of knowledge, with vast collections of books and majestic decor of white and gold marble and vaulted ceilings.

Captivating images have been collected in Marianne Julia Strauss’ new book, Shrine of the Book, to “explore the history, mission, architecture and changing role” of libraries around the world.

The Morgan Library and Museum in New York and the Metten Monastery Library in Metten, Germany are just two of the libraries included in the book published by gestalten.

Ms Strauss said her book “explores how diverse the idea of ​​a library can be” and her collection includes repurposed engine sheds and UNESCO-protected adobe buildings.

“The book explores extraordinary public and private collections, national and monastic libraries, repurposed engine sheds and UNESCO-protected mud buildings from Mexico to Vietnam to Mauritania,” she added.

The Temples of the Books feature beautiful architectural masterpieces that hold the world’s knowledge from around the world and are available through Gestalt for £45.

The Morgan Library and Museum, with painted ceilings and rows of books.

USA: The Morgan Library and Museum in downtown New York began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan. From 1890, Morgan collected manuscripts, early printed books, drawings and engravings by old masters. Then known as Mr. Morgan’s Library, the building was built between 1902 and 1906. It was designed by Charles McKim of the architectural firm McKim, Mead & White as a three-room Italian Renaissance palazzo, representing the American Age. Elegance. In 1924, 11 years after Mr. Morgan’s death, his son J.P. Morgan Jr. made the library available to scholars and the public.

FRANCE: The library of the National Institute of Art History in Paris, France, contains 1.7 million documents, including 30,000 drawings and engravings, 750,000 photographs and 1,800 ancient manuscripts.  It features high vaulted ceilings and large windows that let light into the cavernous building.  A free library card is available to students from schools of art, architecture and design, from the master's level, as well as to members of professional associations such as the Professional Committee of Art Galleries.

FRANCE: The library of the National Institute of Art History in Paris, France, contains 1.7 million documents, including 30,000 drawings and engravings, 750,000 photographs and 1,800 ancient manuscripts. It features high vaulted ceilings and large windows that let light into the cavernous building. A free library card is available to students from schools of art, architecture and design, from the master’s level, as well as to members of professional associations such as the Professional Committee of Art Galleries.

UK: Class of 1945 Library was built in 1972 for Phillips Exeter Academy.  A succession of designers failed to grasp the specific concept the school wanted for the building - a brick façade to match the school's Georgian buildings and an interior with the perfect learning environment.  In 1965, Louis I. Kahn was commissioned to design the library, and the Academy liked his use of brick and concern for natural light.  The main floor is 70 feet high and serves as a place where visitors can see the metal bookshelves seven levels above through large openings in the walls that almost meet at the corners where the walls are aligned.

UK: Class of 1945 Library was built in 1972 for Phillips Exeter Academy. A succession of designers failed to grasp the specific concept the school wanted for the building – a brick façade to match the school’s Georgian buildings and an interior with the perfect learning environment. In 1965, Louis I. Kahn was commissioned to design the library, and the Academy liked his use of brick and concern for natural light. The main floor is 70 feet high and serves as a place where visitors can see the metal bookshelves seven levels above through large openings in the walls that almost meet at the corners where the walls are aligned.

Captivating images have been collected in Marianne Julia Strauss' new book The Temple of Books (pictured cover) to

Captivating images have been collected in Marianne Julia Strauss’ new book The Temple of Books (pictured cover) to “explore the history, mission, architecture and changing role” of libraries around the world. The Morgan Library and Museum in New York and the Metten Monastery Library in Metten, Germany are just two of the libraries included in the book published by gestalten. Ms Strauss said her book “explores how diverse the idea of ​​a library can be” and her collection includes repurposed machine sheds and UNESCO-protected adobe buildings.

BRAZIL: The Real Gabinete Portugues de Leitura (Royal Portuguese Reading Room) was founded in 1837 after 43 Portuguese emigrants from Rio de Janeiro met at the home of Dr. António José Coelho Lusada and decided to establish a library.  In 1900, the Portuguese Reading Room became a public library.  The speaker of the 1872 accounting report stated:

BRAZIL: The Real Gabinete Portugues de Leitura (Royal Portuguese Reading Room) was founded in 1837 after 43 Portuguese emigrants from Rio de Janeiro met at the home of Dr. António José Coelho Lusada and decided to establish a library. In 1900, the Portuguese Reading Room became a public library. The speaker of the 1872 accounting report stated: “The Portuguese Reading Room in Rio de Janeiro will have a building worthy of housing his books, many thousands of good friends who surround us here in this little tabernacle, on whose altars not even an idol can fit. Therefore, let a temple be erected, or, what is the same, an arsenal of weapons of the mind.

GERMANY: The Jesuit Library at Maaria Laach Abbey contains about 260,000 titles, of which about 9,000 were printed before 1800.  It is one of the largest private libraries in Germany.  The monastery on this site, founded in 1093, already had a library in the Middle Ages, and about 69 manuscripts from this period are still kept in the library.  Built between the monastery church and the guest wing, the library building of 1865 has a cast-iron staircase and a parapet.  It underwent renovations for two years and reopened on July 21, 2015.

GERMANY: The Jesuit Library at Maaria Laach Abbey contains about 260,000 titles, of which about 9,000 were printed before 1800. It is one of the largest private libraries in Germany. The monastery on this site, founded in 1093, already had a library in the Middle Ages, and about 69 manuscripts from this period are still kept in the library. Built between the monastery church and the guest wing, the library building of 1865 has a cast-iron staircase and a parapet. It underwent renovations for two years and reopened on July 21, 2015.

PORTUGAL: Biblioteca Joanina, part of the University of Coimbra in Portugal, is named after its founder, King John V of Portugal, who built it in 1717.  It houses 70,000 volumes, including priceless historical documents and first editions.  It is registered as a national monument.  The décor includes chinoiserie motifs painted on exotic South American wood to showcase the global reach of the Portuguese empire at the time.

PORTUGAL: Biblioteca Joanina, part of the University of Coimbra in Portugal, is named after its founder, King John V of Portugal, who built it in 1717. It houses 70,000 volumes, including priceless historical documents and first editions. It is registered as a national monument. The décor includes chinoiserie motifs painted on exotic South American wood to showcase the global reach of the Portuguese empire at the time.

USA: The George Peabody Library in Baltimore originated from the founding of the Peabody Institute in 1857.  The building opened in 1878 and was designed by Baltimore architect Edmund G. Lind.  The shelving room consists of five tiers of ornate cast-iron balconies that rise above the skylight 61 feet above the floor.  The library's 300,000 volume collection contains books on religion, British art, architecture, topography and history;  American history, biography and literature;  Romance languages ​​and literature;  history of science;  and geography, exploration and travel

USA: The George Peabody Library in Baltimore originated from the founding of the Peabody Institute in 1857. The building opened in 1878 and was designed by Baltimore architect Edmund G. Lind. The shelving room consists of five tiers of ornate cast-iron balconies that rise above the skylight 61 feet above the floor. The library’s 300,000 volume collection contains books on religion, British art, architecture, topography and history; American history, biography and literature; Romance languages ​​and literature; history of science; and geography, exploration and travel

GERMANY: The Metten monastery library hall was built under Abbot Johannes Nablas around 1600.  The Gothic collegiate church was rebuilt in the Baroque style under Abbot Roman II Merkle around 1726, using contrast, movement, exuberant detail, deep colors, grandeur and surprise.  achieve a sense of reverence.  The old library probably began in 1265, and around 1400 there was also a scriptorium.  It now holds about 20,000 volumes issued before 1800.

GERMANY: The Metten monastery library hall was built under Abbot Johannes Nablas around 1600. The Gothic collegiate church was rebuilt in the Baroque style under Abbot Roman II Merkle around 1726, using contrast, movement, exuberant detail, deep colors, grandeur and surprise. achieve a sense of reverence. The old library probably began in 1265, and around 1400 there was also a scriptorium. It now holds about 20,000 volumes issued before 1800.

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