Evolution of the library in 1590

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The library is not just a collection of books, but also the whole cultural institution, respectively, to be placed in a special building. In an effort to comply with the postulate that the library – is the seat of science, knowledge, temple, generations of people in different countries have sought to build libraries for their respective high position of the beautiful buildings that stand out architecture and interior decoration. Architecture Library is a symbol of its time, as well as the wealth of culture and education.

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Trinity Hall, Cambridge, UK, 1590

Architectural historian James Campbell and photographer Will Price together traveled the world, visiting and photographing more than eighty libraries, which illustrate different approaches to thinking and designing these temples of knowledge. As a result of his travels, they have prepared the book “Library: World History”. This is one of the first books that clearly tells the story of architecture libraries around the world, from ancient Mesopotamia to China and from written sources to the present day.

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Queens College, Cambridge, England, mid 17 th century

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Codrington Library, Oxford, 1751

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Trinity College Library, Cambridge, 1695

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Library Zhuanina, Coimbra, Portugal, 1728

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Radcliffe Camera, Oxford, 1751

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Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK, 1842

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Fisher Fine Arts Library, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1891

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Baynek Library, Yale University, New Haven, 1963

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Grimm Center, the Humboldt University, Berlin, 2009

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University Library of Utrecht, Utrecht. Netherlands 2004

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Information, Communication and Media Center, Germany 2004

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