In this documentary, in the form of a Google Map, you gain access to the greatest and/or largest library collections of all time via the online links in this map, and you get to zoom in close on some of the best library architecture available in Google Map.
|New York Public Library|
Wikipedia Commons / Ingfbruno
While the articles that rated these libraries based their judgement on either the largest libraries, or the most interesting collections, or the most architecturally pleasing buildings, I made sure that this map rated the libraries based on educational content. They are an interesting group of national, private, university and local public libraries. Each location includes a Wikipedia description of the content and a link to the actual library itself so that you can visit each library for yourself.
Color-Coding and Source Information:
- Red Dots represent those libraries on Wikipedia's List of Largest Libraries by content.
- Purple Dots represent those libraries on LibrarySpot's Nation's Largest Libraries by Volumes Held.
- Yellow Dots represent those libraries on The Best Colleges' Best Libraries in The World based on a balance between architecturally interesting libraries and libraries with interesting collections.
- Aqua Dots represent those libraries on BuzzFeed's 49 Breathtaking Libraries From All Over The World that are architecturally interesting.
- Green Dots are ones I added that should have been on the above lists.
|The Library of Congress in Google Earth.|
22,765,967 catalogued books in the Library of Congress Classification system; 5,600 incunabula (books printed before 1500), monographs and serials, music, bound newspapers, pamphlets, technical reports, and other printed material; and 109,029,796 items in the nonclassified (special) collections:
151,785,778 total items.
|The National Library of Sweden in Google Earth.|
|Library of the Canadian Parliament in Google Earth.|