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Best Libraries in the World

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The British Library

The British Library based in London. The national research hot spot boasts nearly 200 million items with several million pieces being added to the collection every year.

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National Library of China

Employing over one thousand staff members and housing over forty million items is the National Library of China.

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National Library of France

Over 40 million items can be found in this 14th-century library that originally served as a private library for royalty.

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The Shanghai Library

Built in 1847, the Shanghai Library is one of the tallest libraries in the world with 24 stories housing over 56 million items.

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New York Public Library

More than 55 million items can be found in this 1895 non-profit private institution loved by book readers from around the globe.

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Library and Archives Canada

Established in 2004, the institution houses around 55 million items including rare pieces, and is known as the hot spot of Canada’s documentary heritage.

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Russian State Library

Russia’s largest library is home to over 48 million items including copies of all books published during the USSR.

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National Diet Library

The National Diet Library based in Tokyo, Japan, was built in 1948 and now houses more than 44 million items including extensive collections encompassing the Japanese history

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