The 7 Most Impressive Libraries From Throughout History

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Here is a link to a story about The 7 Most Impressive Libraries From Throughout History by Andy on June 4, 2009.

The library has played a key role in the dissemination of information and knowledge throughout history. Access to collections such as those housed in Alexander’s Great Library and the lesser Chetham’s Library was a catalyst for change and the technological advance of mankind long before the digital age when knowledge was truly democratised for the masses.

1. The Great Library & Mouseion: The First Universal Library (Alexandria, Egypt)
2. The Celsus Library: One of Antiquity’s Finest Libraries (Ephesus, Turkey)
3. The University of Sankore: An Ancient Seat of Muslim Learning (Sankore, Timbuktu)
4. The Bodleian: One of The Oldest Surviving European Libraries (Oxford, England)
5. Chetham’s Library: The UK’s Oldest Free Public Reference Library (Manchester, England)
6. Library of Congress: Jefferson’s Legacy (Washington D.C., United States)
7. The British Library: One of The World’s Most Extensive Collections (London, England)

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About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

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