The State Library of South Australia

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The State Library of South Australia has the largest collection dating from pre-European times in its South Australiana collection. This collection is mostly contained within the Mortlock Wing, the oldest and most gorgeous part of the library. Opened in 1884, the building originally held 23,000 books. Since then, the collection has expanded and two massive buildings had to be added to the library, although the Mortlock Wing remains the most beautiful.

 

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The Royal Portuguese Reading Room, Brazil

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The Real Gabinete Português de Leitura in Rio de Janeiro holds more Portuguese works than anywhere else outside of Portugal, including a number of rare titles. Completed in 1887, the building’s design is based on the Gothic-renaissance style that was popular at the time of the Portuguese colonization of Brazil. Inside the library are both a stunning chandelier and a gorgeous iron skylight that was the first of its kind in the country.

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The Abbey Library Of Saint Gall

The Abbey Library of Saint Gall is one of the earliest and most important monastic libraries in the world, as it contains an incredible number of medieval writings. The site was considered one of the most renowned centers of Western culture and science during the 9th and 10th centuries. In 1983 the Abbey of Saint Gall was listed as a World Heritage Site.

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