Subscribe Now

travelers today

Home » Top 5

Top Five Libraries To Visit In The US

Travelers Today       By    Czarina Ara Lasco

Updated: Mar 20, 2017 05:43 AM EDT

Text Size: A A A

There are literally thousands of libraries in the United States. From public, private, to university-owned libraries, bookworms will always find their own havens in each American state. Here are five of the best libraries in the country that store some of the most rare publications, as well as the most beautiful bookshelves. 

1. Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

This place is not only the oldest federal cultural institution in America, it is also considered to be the largest library in the world, with boundless collection of books and research materials in over 450 different languages. The central access point of the Library of Congress' collections is its Main Reading Room which is open to public aged 16 and up.

2. University of Washington's Suzzallo Library in Seattle

Suzzallo Library was named after the university president Henry Suzzallo, who resigned from the University of Washington in 1926. That was the same year when the construction of the library's first phase was completed. It was considered to be the most noticeable building in the University of Washington because of its front façade that is decorated with coats of arms from all over the world. The main reading room is inspired by a grand cathedral, according to The Guardian. It is also designed with stained glass panels and hanging Collegiate Gothic-themed light fixtures. This place has a section called the "Special Collections," which houses books that were published before the year 1801.

3. Beinecke Rare Book Library at Yale University

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library in the Hewitt Quadrangle of Yale University is one of biggest libraries in the world that mainly stores manuscripts and rare publications. The jaw-dropping one million collections of rare books of this library are stacked in a huge six-story glass tower that stands tall in the middle of the building and is supported only by four gigantic piers.  The Modernist structure of the library is made of translucent marble panels, which are excavated from Vermont and is used as protection of the building against direct sunlight. In 2013, it celebrated its 50th anniversary featuring a two-year exhibition that showcased books and manuscripts that are rarely seen in curatorial areas.

4. Boston Public Library, Massachusetts

The Boston Public Library was founded in the year 1848, making it the very first municipal library in the United States. Also, according to the Culture Trip, this place is the first public library in the country that is free from any charges. Home to roughly 23 million items including books, manuscripts, DVDs and visual resources, the Boston Library is the third largest libraries in America. Some of the collections here include the early edition folios of Willam Shakespeare, the archives of the Handel and Haydn Society, Mozart's original music scores, and Walter Piston's grand piano.

5. George Peabody Library in Baltimore, Maryland

The George Peabody Library, which is formerly called as the Library of the Peabody Institute, was established through the efforts of George Peabody, a philanthropist and financier from Baltimore whose goal is to build a library that will be free for use for everyone who wants to have an access to the books and literature of the 19th century. Built in 1878, this place is often been labelled as the cathedral of books because of its amazing architecture and interior. The library has a huge open air atrium that allows people to have a view of each level down below. It is home to 300,000 collections that focus on architecture, British art, history, geography, and literature.

See Now: The U.S. had the highest number of Most Wanted properties, dominating the Hotels.com Loved By Guests Awards 2018

Tags
Library, United States, Top 5, must-visit lists
© 2023 Traverlers Today, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Join Our Conversation

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel news, reviews, and more..

Most Popular

6 Tips For Traveling With Young Children

6 Tips For Traveling With Young Children

Planning for a trip takes some time, even if it's just you g

How Traveling Can Make You Happy

How Traveling Can Make You Happy

If you have never traveled before but are thinking of doing so then

Scottish Islands: The Best Places to Reside!

Scottish Islands: The Best Places to Reside!

So there are a few islands that can be found off the Sco

How to Plan a Multi-Destination Honeymoon During COVID

How to Plan a Multi-Destination Honeymoon During COVID

You need to know how to plan appropriately and

7 Tips for Amazing Campus Visits

7 Tips for Amazing Campus Visits

A campus visit's significance could not be overstated. After all, fo

4 Tips For Curating The Perfect Gallery Wall

4 Tips For Curating The Perfect Gallery Wall

Having a gallery wall brings plenty of benefits to your

Water Travel Options That Don’t Involve a Cruise

Water Travel Options That Don’t Involve a Cruise

There is something equally relaxing and invigorati

Photo by Erik Odiin on Unsplash

Things That Will Help Cost-Conscious Vacationers Save Money

There are several ways you can significan

Photo by Mikhail Nilov from Pexels

How to Make Vet Visits Affordable in 2022

If the situation is minor, you might be lucky and get away

Photo by Tim Samuel from Pexels

Know Your Florida Driving Rules

There is so much to do in the region, but we want to focus on some of

Photo by Ging Ang from Pexels

Holidaying in your own Country: Try these Fun Trips!

Many countries are opening their borders, but if

Photo by Jessica Lewis Creative from Pexels

The Best Tech Tools for Expats

Here’s a quick look at most versatile tech tools for expats on the m

Photo by Tobi from Pexels

How to Turn a Road Trip Into A Luxury Adventure

But a road trip doesn’t have to mean living on the

Australian Citizenship Test: Everything You Need to Know

Australian Citizenship Test: Everything You Need to Know

Do you want to become a citizen of Australia

Hair transplant Istanbul: Why is it so popular?

Hair Transplant Istanbul: Why is it so Popular?

Getting a hair transplant in Istanbul is affordable i

What’s Going on with Rental Cars Right Now?

What’s Going on with Rental Cars Right Now?

They are incredibly expensive, and they’re also in sh

Role of Professional companies in International Trade

Role of Professional companies in International Trade

International trade holds great importance in a

The 5 Best Wines from Germany

The 5 Best Wines from Germany

Riesling is Germany’s best-known wine, but the country makes other fi

Here's Why You Should Go Camping On Weekends

Here's Why You Should Go Camping On Weekends

There is nothing like the great outdoors –– nature

The Best Tote Bags To Travel With in 2022

The Best Tote Bags To Travel With in 2022

Who knew you could pack your entire life away into one litt

7 Captivating Attractions for Kids in San Diego

7 Captivating Attractions for Kids in San Diego

San Diego is a magnificent place, and it would not be

travelers today

© 2023 TRAVELERS TODAY All rights reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Real Time Analytics