Whether you love to read, or you’re a history fan, you’ll find this infographic fascinating. Providing a whistle-stop tour of the world’s most famous libraries, this image also offers a glimpse into the past.
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The oldest library we know of is the Royal Library of King Ashurbanipal, which was established in Nineveh, which is now part of Iraq, in the 7th Century BC. Housing around 30,000 artifacts, including the original clay stones of the Epic of Gilgamesh, the library was buried for over 2,000 years when the city fell.
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Moving closer to the modern day, the US is home to two of the most iconic libraries on the planet. The Library of Congress, which opened in Washington in 1800, and The Library Company of Philadelphia, which was founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1731. These libraries boast a collective haul of millions of books and artifacts. Perhaps the most interesting for history buffs is the display of 2,100 items owned by Franklin himself in Philadelphia.
In the UK, the most high-profile library is the British Library. Dating back to 1972, this relatively new library is renowned for the diversity of its collections. The library houses almost 390 miles worth of shelves, and it offers free access for those keen to roam the galleries and while away the hours reading and researching.