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    Inside the most incredible libraries in Britain,
    from Oxford's historic reading rooms
    to a futuristic wonder in Liverpool.





    . The existence of many libraries is under threat
    and nearly 350 libraries closed in Britain over the past six years

    . Thankfully there are still plenty of breathtaking libraries to explore
    from historic rooms to modern glass buildings

    . Oxford's Codrington Library has spectacular white marble statues
    that contrast with its rows of dark bookcases



    Nearly 350 libraries in Britain have shut their doors over the past six years,
    with many more facing the threat of closure.

    These spectacular images underline their worth,
    with many breathtaking book collections located in stunning rooms, both new and old.

    From university rooms in Oxford that have housed literary works for centuries,
    to vast modern buildings costing 55million featuring criss-cross Hogwarts-style staircases,
    MailOnline Travel presents the libraries worth writing home about.


    The Codrington Library was completed in 1851 and features white marble statues that contrast with rows of dark bookcases.
    It contains 185,000 items, a third of which were created prior to 1800


    Located in Manchester, John Rylands Library is a striking gothic library that opened on 1 January 1900.
    Pictured is the Reading Room which features stained-glass windows


    When the John Rylands Library opened in 1900 it housed 70,000 books.
    By 2012 it had over 250,000 printed volumes
    and more than one million manuscripts and archival items in its stunning surroundings


    Oxford and Cambridge Universities undoubtedly have some of the most impressive libraries in Britain,
    and perhaps one of the most noteworthy is owned by the former's All Souls College.

    The Codrington Library was completed in 1851
    and features white marble statues that contrast with rows of dark bookcases.

    Similar grandeur can be seen at the Radcliffe Camera, a large circular building in the same city
    with a lofty dome that was built by James Gibbs between 1737 and 1749.

    And those who love the smell of old books should pay a visit to Duke Humfrey's Library,
    which is the oldest reading room in Oxford's Bodleian Library.

    Over in Cambridge at Trinity College's Wren Library a large collection of statues
    is peppered among the collection of over 70,000 books printed before 1820.


    One of the oldest libraries at the heart of Oxford's historic University is Duke Humfrey's Library in the Bodleian,
    which held the primary function as a reading room for maps, music and pre-1641 rare books until 2015


    Breathtaking surroundings: Now Duke Humfrey's Library, which features panels on its ceiling
    painted with the university's coat of arms, is an additional reading room for all users of the Bodleian library


    A view of the foyer of the new annexe of Liverpool Central Library.
    Over four millions items, including 15,000 rare books, are now housed in the library


    The refurbished Liverpool Central Library is said to have drawn gasps when it was re-opened in 2013.
    The refit took three years and cost 55million


    From the old to the new: Liverpool Central Library also includes the delightful Picton Reading Room,
    which is a grade II listed building that boasts the accolade of being the first electrically lit library in the UK


    Meanwhile in Manchester, the stained glass windows and gothic architecture of John Rylands Library,
    which opened in 1900, make it a clear contender for being one of the most stunning in the country.

    Also in the city is the Manchester Central Library in St Peter's Square.
    This domed wonder was built in 1934 and is often compared to
    Emperor Hadrian's Pantheon in Rome due to its round design.

    And not too far away is Manchester's Chetham's Library, which was established in 1653
    and is the oldest free public reference library in the UK and also one of the most beautiful.
    It is an independent charity and is free for all readers and visitors to explore.


    A winter skyline in Oxford and snow covers the round Radcliffe Camera building
    which was built in a neo-classical style and houses the Radcliffe Science Library


    The Radcliffe Camera is the earliest example in England of a circular library.
    Its stunning structure was seen in the 2008 film The Golden Compass,
    and has also been featured in the TV shows Inspector Morse, Inspector Lewis and Endeavour


    The King's Library. Within the British Library in Central London, is a glass tower full of thousands of rare books,
    including tomes belonging to King George III


    The British Library receives a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland.
    To house it, a great deal of shelving is needed - 388 miles altogether - with several miles added each year


    While many of the most spectacular libraries around Britain feature historic architecture,
    there are many modern book repositories that are equally impressive.

    Take Liverpool Central Library for example,
    where there are certainly no musty corners or books gathering dust.

    After three years and 55million the Liverpool Central Library re-opened in 2013
    after an overhaul and it was almost unrecognisable.
    It features spectacular criss-crossing staircases under a large domed ceiling.

    And the Sir Duncan Rice Library University of Aberdeen in Scotland
    is a stunning glass cube made of 760 glass panels and 14 miles of shelving.

    The similarly unique Library of Birmingham is estimated to have cost 188.8million
    and attracted 2,414,860million visitors in 2014,
    making it the 10th most popular visitor attraction in the UK.


    The Reading Room in the British Museum in Central London is nestled at the heart of the museum
    in the centre of the Great Court and was completed in 1857


    Between May 8–16 of its opening year, over 62,000 visitors came to marvel at the new Reading Room.
    After being used as an exhibition space from 2007 until 2013,
    the British Museum is now consulting about the future use of the spectacular space


    Manchester Central Library in St Peter's Square was built in 1934
    and is often compared to Emperor Hadrian's Pantheon in Rome due to its round design


    The main Reading Room of the Manchester Central Library has enough seats for 300 students
    and is lit from natural light from a glass central dome and Art Deco style lights


    London has many magnificent offerings for those seeking a quiet afternoon curled up with a book, too.

    One of the most impressive is the British Library, which, as its website states,
    receives a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland.

    This collection, then, is ginormous and contains over 150million items in just about every language on earth.
    To house it, a great deal of shelving is needed - 388 miles altogether - with several miles added each year.

    One feature that's renowned architecturally is the King's Library within the British Library.
    It's a glass tower full of thousands of rare books, including tomes belonging to King George III.

    The British Museum, established in 1753, also offers a breathtaking space to study -
    the Reading Room, which opened in 1857.

    It was refurbished in 1997 and made available to all museum visitors when it reopened in 2000.

    The Museum website says: 'It housed a modern information centre, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Centre,
    and a collection of 25,000 books, catalogues and other printed material,
    which focused on the world cultures represented in the Museum.'


    Chetham's Library in Manchester was established in 1653 and is the oldest free public reference library in the UK.
    It contains over 100,000 volumes of printed books, 60,000 of which were published before 1851


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    The unique Library of Birmingham is estimated to have cost 188.8million and attracted 2,414,860 million visitors in 2014,
    making it the 10th most popular visitor attraction in the UK


    Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived a Taliban assassination attempt,
    formally opened the Library of Birmingham in September 2013


    It is no surprise that The Wren Library at Trinity College in Cambridge is one of the most magnificent,
    as it was designed by Christopher Wren, who was also responsible for St Paul's Cathedral.
    It was completed in 1695 and contains many notable rare books and texts
    including A. A. Milne's manuscript of Winnie the Pooh


    The Sir Duncan Rice Library University of Aberdeen in Scotland was opened in 2012 by the Queen.
    The cube, made from 760 panels of glass, offers seven floors of learning space,
    and is open to the public as well as students

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    The British Library;- 'Explore The World's Knowledge'

    http://www.bl.uk/#

    The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom
    and the largest library in the world by number of items catalogued.


    A Grade I listed building, the library is a major research library,
    holding around 170 million items from many countries,
    in many languages and in many formats, both print and digital:
    books, manuscripts, journals, newspapers,
    magazines, sound and music recordings,
    videos, play-scripts, patents, databases, maps,
    stamps, prints, drawings.

    The Library's collections include around 14 million books,
    along with substantial holdings of manuscripts and historical items dating back as far as 2000 BC.

    As a legal deposit library, the British Library receives copies of all books
    produced in the United Kingdom and Ireland,
    including a significant proportion of overseas titles distributed in the UK.

    It also has a programme for content acquisitions.

    The British Library adds some three million items every year
    occupying 9.6 kilometres (6.0 mi) of new shelf space.

    The library is a non-departmental public body
    sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
    It is located on the north side of Euston Road
    in St Pancras, Central London
    (between Euston railway station and St Pancras railway station)
    and has a document storage centre and reading room near Boston Spa,
    2.5 miles (4.0 km) east of Wetherby in West Yorkshire.

    In 1973, the British Library Act 1972 detached the library department from the British Museum,
    but it continued to host the now separated British Library
    in the same Reading Room
    and building as the museum until the library
    moved to a purpose-built building at St Pancras, London.

    Items collected: Books, journals, newspapers, magazines,
    sound and music recordings,
    patents, databases, maps, stamps, prints, drawings and manuscripts

    Size:
    170,000,000 total items
    13,950,000 books
    824,101 serial titles
    351,116 manuscripts (single and volumes)
    8,266,276 philatelic items
    4,347,505 cartographic items
    1,607,885 music scores
    6,000,000 sound recordings

    Budget: 142 million

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Library



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    Paper books become obsolete these days. Reading is digital now.

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    Beauty is only skin deep... and the flesh doesn't last forever on a dying planet.
    Some people are obsessed with physical appearance... and cruelly judge and hate people based on their skin.
    Some people are shallow and idolise flesh rather than a person's soul/personality.
    If people fall in love and are happy in each other's company,
    then why should others object - simply due to a person's external appearance.

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    I will not stare at computer/smartphone screen to read long articles, if the article is too long, I will just print it and read it on papers. Computer for me is for internet shoppings or reading latest news and posting talks, paper books are irreplaceable with any type of technologies, most popular electronics are simply unattractive to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hexachordia View Post
    I will not stare at computer/smartphone screen to read long articles, if the article is too long, I will just print it and read it on papers. Computer for me is for internet shoppings or reading latest news and posting talks, paper books are irreplaceable with any type of technologies, most popular electronics are simply unattractive to me.
    There is something comforting about the feel of paper books in your hands. The uncomfortable glare from laptop and tablet screens can strain the eyes.


    Beauty is only skin deep... and the flesh doesn't last forever on a dying planet.
    Some people are obsessed with physical appearance... and cruelly judge and hate people based on their skin.
    Some people are shallow and idolise flesh rather than a person's soul/personality.
    If people fall in love and are happy in each other's company,
    then why should others object - simply due to a person's external appearance.

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