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Book Lovers Alert: 8 Of The Most Spectacular Libraries In The World

Book Lovers Alert: 8 Of The Most Spectacular Libraries In The World

Reading is probably one of my favorite things to do, but as a graduate student I don’t have a lot of extra money for going to local bookstores and filling up a shopping cart. Because of this, I spend a lot of time at libraries– both local branches and the one at my school. And though they’re great resources for all kinds of books (and audiobooks), they’re not exactly awe-inspiring.

If you find yourself in the same boat, let’s start planning a trip to some of these amazing libraries around the world, with at least one in almost every continent.

1. National Library of China, Beijing

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    Adam Rifkin

    This library has more than 31 million items including books, Chinese literature, and historical documents. This gorgeous library is the largest in Asia and one of the biggest libraries in the entire world. We could spend a few days exploring it and still not know everything it has to offer.

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    2. Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Connecticut

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      Lauren Manning

      Although this manuscript library is closed for some extensive renovations right now, we can visit it after it reopens in September 2016 to find out what they’ve changed and improved. Its marble exterior protects the valuable materials from direct sunlight while the glass enclosure that holds the books provides climate control to protect them from visitors.

      3. Stuttgart City Library, Germany

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        Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart

        Europe’s addition to our list is a huge nine-story library. The first four floors are your standard building shape, but the upper five floors form a pyramid with a glass ceiling. The inside is just as beautifully designed and is ready for us to visit- and those little blue couches look like the perfect place to relax with a good book.

        4. Rand Club Reading Room, Johannesburg

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          Andrew Moore

          Although this particular library is members only, it has more than 10,000 books, magazines, newspapers, and “irreplaceable treasures.” Maybe we can sneak in and take a look at their beautiful books. Who’s with me?

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          5. Adelaide City Library, Australia

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            Jon Westra

            This library is home to some absolutely stunning architecture, in addition to all of the books. The ceiling has a glass dome in the middle of it to add some natural light and let us enjoy a little bit of nature without actually having to go outside.

            6. The Royal Portuguese Reading Room, Brazil

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              Mathieu Bertrand Struck

              This South American library was completed in 1887 and apparently holds more Portuguese works than anywhere else outside of Portugal. It’s a beautiful building with some rare works, an amazing chandelier and an iron skylight. It has a wealth of information to offer us on top of the beautiful architecture.

              7. National Art Library, London

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                lizsmith

                If you also love art, you can try out the National Art Library in Kensington. It has reference materials about all kinds of art, from painting, to textiles, to woodwork and sculptures. It does have books too, but some of those books are works of art themselves and aren’t kept for reading.

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                8. Trinity College, Dublin

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                  Irish Welcome Tours

                  Trinity College’s library is the largest research library in Ireland AND it’s the legal deposit library for the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. This means that it gets a copy of every book that’s published in those countries. That results in the library acquiring about 100,000 new works every year. I think that could keep us busy for a little while.

                  Although there are probably hundreds more beautiful libraries in a bunch more countries, this list will give you a good starting point to plan your trip. Once you’ve hit all of these libraries, you can definitely say that you’re a well-read person who’s been to (almost) every continent.

                  Once they build a library in Antarctica, I’ll update this list so we can make it there too.

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                  Featured photo credit: Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart via flic.kr

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                  Last Updated on July 18, 2019

                  10 Small Changes To Make Your House Feel Like A Home

                  10 Small Changes To Make Your House Feel Like A Home

                  Your house is more than just a building that you live in. It should be a home that makes you feel welcome as soon as you open the front door.

                  Making your house feel like a home is not something that simply happens on its own. You need to make some changes to a house when you move in, to give it that cozy, warm feeling that turns it into a true home. To help you speed the process, follow this guide to 10 small changes to make your house feel like a home.

                  1. Make the Windows Your Own

                  When you move into a home, they often come with boring Venetian blinds or less than attractive curtains.

                  One of the best ways you can instantly warm your home and make it showcase your style is to add some new window dressing. Adding beautiful curtains not only improves your home’s appearance, but it can also help to control the temperature.

                  2. Put up Some Art

                  If you have a lot of bare walls in your home, it will seem sterile no matter how beautiful your paint or wallpaper is.

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                  Hanging art on the walls will instantly give it personality and make it feel like home.

                  3. Improve the Aroma

                  A house that is not filled with inviting smells will never feel like a home. There are loads of ways you can make your home smell nice. There are tons of air fresheners on the market you can use.

                  Incense and scented candles are a nice option as well. Don’t forget that baking in a home is also a great way to fill it with an aroma that instantly smells like home as soon as you open the front door.

                  4. Put out Lots of Pillows and Throws

                  A great way to make your home look warm and inviting is to place lots of pillows and throws out on the furniture. It is much better to have too many pillows than not enough.

                  There is nothing like the feeling of sinking into a cushiony pillow that feels like a cloud to make you feel like you are at home.

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                  5. Instantly Class up Your Closet

                  If your closet is filled with wire or plastic hangers, it will never truly feel homey. To instantly make your closet feel classy, change out your old hangers for wooden ones.

                  Not only do they look great, but they are better for hanging your clothes as well.

                  6. Improve Your Air Quality

                  One of the most overlooked ways to make your house feel more like a home is to improve its air quality.

                  The easiest and best way to upgrade the air quality in your home is to change the old, dirty filters in your furnace regularly. Get some air filters delivered to your home so that you always have some on hand.

                  7. Fill it with Plants

                  Another way to improve the air quality in your home is to fill it with plants. You should have plants in every room of your home.

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                  They help to improve the air quality and they look beautiful. As well as making your home appear homier, plants also help to boost your mood and lower your stress levels.

                  8. Change the Doorknobs

                  Most people don’t really give their doorknobs a second thought unless they are broken. That is a shame because changing your doorknobs is an easy way to add personality to your home.

                  Changing your old, boring doorknobs to new ones that are works of art will instantly brighten your home.

                  9. Upgrade Your Tub or Shower

                  There is nothing like luxuriating in a whirlpool bath or steam shower to make the cares of the day melt away. Your family deserves a bit of luxury when they are in their bathroom.

                  Install a new shower or tub today to make your bathroom worthy of a place in your home.

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                  10. Fresh Cut Flowers

                  You can make any room in your house feel homier by placing a vase full of beautiful flowers in it. The gorgeous look and intoxicating aroma of fresh cut flowers will immediately brighten your day when you encounter them.

                  You don’t have to make all these changes at once. Try one or two a day though, and your house will feel like a home before you know it. The trick is to constantly keep adding these homey touches to make your home a place worthy of its name.

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