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Best Libraries In The World 2020- Libraries are very important in the educational sector; it entails further learning of whatsoever we are aiming at, the library is a place to learn new things and a place where we can find new books we haven’t in any way seen before. We have different types of library, and these libraries are located all over the world, they are essential libraries ranging from the library of Congress to the library of Alexandria. Here on this review will be discussing the Top 20 Best Libraries In The and all you need to know about them. We have taken the time to research on the best among others, and these libraries are worth writing about because they are unique and this interest many people. Before we continue, it should be noted that there are different libraries; we have a private library, a public library, and the university library. In this article, we have a mix of the types of library, but we will be giving you the Top 10 Best Libraries In The World 2020


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The number one library on my list here is :

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  • #1. Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
library congress World Largest Libraries 2019
library congress World Largest Libraries 2020

The Library of Congress is situated in Washington D.C in the United States; it is the national library of the United States; it is the oldest Federal Institution in the United States. This library is the largest Library in the whole world, research shows that the number of shelves present in the Library and the space and volume of the library makes it be the largest among all other. It is a public library and also a research library, this makes its library for the congress members as they go to check for books. The congress library enables the function known as “the library of last resort,” this simply implies that certain items are available to other libraries in the United State. The library keeps sheet music, a rough draft of the Declaration of Independence,  millions of newspapers, a perfect copy of the Gutenberg Bible, maps, photos and prints, more than 32 million books, 60 million manuscripts.

  • #2. Bodleian Library, Oxford, United Kingdom
Oxford University
Oxford University

This is the largest university in the United Kingdom; it contains the principal University Library known as the Bodleian Library, the library has a legal deposit library for about 400 years, it also has 27 libraries all over Oxford University. In Oxford, the libraries include library and faculty, institute library and department library. The department library is meant for the department while the research library is for researchers and the institute library is meant for the whole institution.





Altogether we have over 13 million printed items, more than 80000 e-journals in the libraries. We also have outstanding special collections including rare books and manuscripts, classical papyri, maps, music, art and printed ephemera in Bodleian library at Oxford University. Also, members of the public outside Oxford have access to this library by connecting via the Bodleian’s online image portal you can access it via this URL or they can also visit the exhibition galleries in the Bodleian’s Weston Library, and for further information, you can visit the site below:

  • #3. Yale University Beinecke
Yale University
Yale University

The third library among the Top 20 Best Libraries In The World is Yale University Beinecke. Yale University’s Beinecke is a university located in New Haven; the library has its License under CC-BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons. It is one of the largest University which has the largest building in the world, meanwhile, it is only built for preserving rare books and manuscripts. Aside from being the largest, it is also one of the beautiful and fascinating libraries in the whole World; it has the requirement to be among the Top 20 Best Libraries In The World. The library has an amazing shelf, and also the shelving area is beautified. Among the first three libraries listed above, this is the most beautiful library, the pattern and design are made of glass walls and soft lighting to beautify, the light is not direct either is it sharp, this is done in other to prevent damage. The library can also be accessed by the public and visitors, an example of books display is an original Gutenberg Bible, and works from notable writers like Rudyard Kipling, Sinclair Lewis, and Joseph Conrad.

  • #4. Vatican Library, Vatican City, Rome

This is another incredible library; the Vatican Library is one of the oldest libraries in the world, history recorded that it has been in existence n since the beginning of the Catholic church. It also keeps the oldest and complete manuscripts of the Bible. It is located in Vatican City, Rome– The Sistine Hall of the Vatican Library was first Uploaded under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons license by the Russia.

The Vatican Library designed purposely for research, especially for science, philosophy, history, law, and theology research. The library does not stop where it has been since the beginning but has also added to its books collections by gifts and endowments.

  • #5. Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts
0MC Building, Boston Public Libarary Top Largest Library In The World 2019
0MC Building, Boston Public Library Top Largest Library In The World 2020

The Boston Public Library is located in Boston, Massachusetts, It was built in 1895, it has many beautiful morals that includes the libraries of John Adams, the William Lloyd Garrison, Edward Abbey’s book which was a famous mural of the legend of the Holy Grail, and Nathaniel Bowditch. It is a public library, and it was the first library to be supported by the people in the United States, it is the second largest library in the United States ad it is the 5th among the Top 20 Best Libraries In The World. Boston library was established in the United States in the year 1848; the library holds up to 22 million items. It has two buildings, but one is the most popular and memorable, the most popular and memorable building in the Boston Library is the McKim building. The McKim building is known as one of the most beautiful buildings in the United State.

  • Reading Room at the British Museum, England

Reading Room library is at the British Museum in London. It is a library that is located at the center of the Great Court of the British Museum. The library is meant for Researchers, and they are only permitted in there after going through many registration processes. Below is the list of notable persons that have studied in this library:

Karl Marx, Oscar Wilde, Mahatma Gandhi, Rudyard Kipling, George Orwell, Mark Twain, Lenin, and H.G. Wells.




  • #7. Library of Parliament, Ottawa, Canada

The library of parliament “The Library of Parliament Ottawa Canada 6D2B5588” by Tony Webster.

You can find this library at Ottawa in Canada; it is modeled after the British Museum Reading Room. In this Library, there are carvings of flowers, mythical creatures, and intricate mask, its also supported by flying buttresses, vaulted ceilings with white pine paneling, and detailed carpentry. The library is for Canadian parliamentary business it did not mean for the public.

  • #8. Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Toronto, Canada

This library is the 8th among the Top 20 Best Libraries In The World. The library has the rare books in North America; it, therefore, implies that it keeps books which are difficult to find in the North America. Some of the rare books are Shakespeare’s First Folio, a Babylonian cuneiform tablet from 1789 BC. Of rare books are protected in the glass.

  • #9. New York Public Library, New York

This is the only public library in New York, and it is the third largest Library in the North America, it is a popular library and well-known library in the world. New York Public Library is always seen in The Day After Tomorrow, Ghostbusters, Seinfeld, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Sex and the City. The library shelf over 50 million items in its collection. The most amazing of all is that it has 87 sub-libraries and service up  3.5 million people! The structure consists of the massive chandeliers, gilded ceilings, and fresco-style paintings. Meanwhile, the first Gutenberg Bible can be found in the New York City library.

  • #10. Seattle Central Library, Seattle, Washington

The Top 10th is the Seattle Central Library; it is not as old as the previous libraries listed above. It has 11 story glass and steel structure. In this library, there is a lot of ventilation as it has open structural windows. It is located in Seattle in Washington. It is a modern library that has up to 1.45 million books and other works.

  • # Abbey Library of Saint Gall, Switzerland

The Abbey Library of Saint Gall is one of the monastery libraries in the world and also the oldest library in Switzerland. it was founded by Saint Othmar. The public has full access to this library, and they can read books of the olds as old as the 1900’s by complete monitoring. This library consists of manuscripts of the 8th century; the library is named as the World Heritage Site for its the preservation of records for the monastery by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

  • #12. The Morgan Library & Museum, New York

The Morgan Library & Museum is located in New York; it was built originally in 1906, this was done to hold the private collection of J.P Morgan. This shows that the library is one of its kinds. The library and museum have the following works: drawings from Leonardo, a manuscript of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Sir Walter Scott’s original manuscripts, Raphael, Picasso, Michelangelo, and Rembrandt. in addition to this it houses Bob Dylan’s scraps of what used to be his original writing of “Blowin’ in the Wind.”

  • #13. National Library of Belarus, Minsk, Belarus
National Diet Library
National Diet Library

The National Library of Belarus is a beautiful and awesome library that has a rhombicuboctahedron shape (meaning it has a figure with eight triangular faces and 18 square faces.). It has a large structure standing at 22 stories tall and consisting of 8 million items. This library has a collection of Russian history and work. The citizen of Belarus love this library and even make it a tourist center as it is surrounded by a pretty garden and park. This park area features an observation deck during warmer months.

  • #14. Library of the Benedictine Monastery, Admont, Austria

This library is founded 1774 by Archbishop Gebhard, located on the border of Gesause National park. It is the largest monastery library in the world. It has a beautified structure both in the outer and inner part; the ceilings are made of adorned frescoes by Bartolomeo Altomonte. The library houses the original manuscripts from the Archbishop, 900 incunables, 70,000 volumes of books, and 1,400 manuscripts.

  • #15. State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

The State Library of Victoria is located in Melbourne, Australia. Inside this library is breathtaking reading rooms, and this reading room has the largest dome in the world. The breathtaking reading room is known as, the La Trobe Reading Room located at the centerpiece of the library, the room is six stories high and can keep 32,000 books and 320 readers at its desks. State Library Victoria has a collection of more than 5 million items, which includes the likes of one of the world largest chess collections;

also, it houses the atlas that was used by Captain James Cook, and many of the significant papers relating to early British settlement and the founding of the colony of Port Phillip.

  • #16. Trinity College Library (“The Long Room”), Dublin, Ireland

This library is Known as the “Library of Congress for Dublin,” it has four different building in one, the buildings differ in their length. The long room is located in the Old Trinity College library and was built in 1732. The Long Room is people’s favorite and contains the Book written by Kells, which is a wonderful and intricate Gospel book written by Celtic monks in 800.

  • #17. Melk Monastery Library, Melk, Austria

Melk Monastery Library is located in Melk, Austria, the library was built in 1089, and it has thousands of manuscripts inside of it. It was built for schools where the manuscripts are kept. It is well known for its manuscripts collection.

  • #18. Phillips Exeter Academy Library, Exeter, New Hampshire

Phillips Exeter Academy Library, Exeter, New Hampshire By Daderot – Own work, Public Domain,

The Phillips Exeter Academy Library is one of the most wealthy schools in the world and double to be the largest secondary school library in the world. The library was built by an architect known as Louis Kahn.  Phillips Exeter Academy Library has gotten so many awards some of which is the Twenty-five Year Award from the American Institute of Architects. This library was named by the United States Postal Service as one of 12 masterworks of modern American architecture, in addition they also commemorated it on a postal stamp to shown an impressive the library has been to them and the citizen at large.

  • #19. The Walker Library of The History of Human Imagination.

The Walker Library is also known as the Jay Walker’s Private Library, and it was created by Jay Walker who is an American inventor and entrepreneur. It is, therefore, a private library, The library is located in Walker’s own Connecticut home, and it contains more than 50,000 books, some of the items found in there are early and museum items.  The public can see this library by visiting the website  The library’s architecture was borne from the inspiration gotten from the works of M.C. Escher. The library has been called the most amazing library in the world by Wired Magazine.

  • #20. Salt Lake City Public Library,  Utah

Salt Lake City Public Library is the 20th  on the list of the Top 20 best Libraries In the World. It is located in Lake City, Utah, it is built in the year 2003, and it is been constructed in such a way anyone can see it from anywhere in the city. The library has more 500,000 books, an impressive amount of literature, and collection of magazines in large amount. The library is located where there is natural light, and it has a five-story curved glass wall with a 20,000 sqft skylight at the very top. At the top of the building are gardens of flowers, various trees, and plant.

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Conclusion On Top 20 Best Libraries In The World 2020- Location And All You Need To Know

From the above illustration made for each of these libraries, we see that they are worth to be called the best among others, and they picked because of their qualities and by the numbers of books, magazines, manuscripts and other items they keep and are still keeping. It should be noted these are the best libraries till date 2020, from the above illustration and description, these libraries can also make it to the very top in years to come.

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