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WHS containing historically significant libraries. Building and/or collection must still exist.

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Connected Sites

  • Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch: Abbey of Lorsch is considered as the most significant library of the Carolingian period. Today, the inventory of the library is spread over more than 70 libraries worldwide Link
  • Abbey of St Gall: St. Gall Library
  • Aleppo: National Library of Aleppo
  • Amsterdam Canal Ring: Library Ets Haim
  • Ancient ksours: Chinguetti - a historically significant Koran library
  • Bahla Fort: Bahla Fort's empty library
  • Blenheim Palace: Long Library: its original books were sold, now the magnificent Willis organ is the centre piece
  • Botanical Garden, Padua: Scientific library
  • Budapest: Burg Library
  • Central University City Campus of the UNAM: Central Library
  • Changdeokgung Palace Complex: Changdeokgung Palace's Court Library in the secret garden
  • Cilento and Vallo di Diano: Certosa di Padula
  • Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas: The campus includes a series of large buildings, in particular ... the Library (AB ev)
  • Classical Weimar: Anna Amalia Library
  • Cuenca: At the Seminario
  • Edinburgh: National Library of Scotland Link
  • El Escurial
  • Ephesus: Library of Celsus Link
  • Fasil Ghebbi
  • Florence: National Central Library
  • Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  • Graz: Eggenberg Library
  • Haeinsa Temple: Tripitaka Koreana Woodblocks
  • Hahoe and Yangdong: Included in the nominated property are three Confucian academies Byeongsanseowon, Oksanseowon, and Donggangseowon. "Seowon, or a Confucian academy was a private educational institution set up exclusively for a man who had achieved outstanding learning and virtue. Its twin roles of enshrining a specific sage and educating students were reflected in its components: shrine, jeonsacheong, a building for the preparation of memorial rites, lecture hall, students' quarters (jaesa), library (jangpangak), and an elevated pavilion (nugak) where Confucian scholars held gatherings or took rests." - Advisory Body Evaluation
  • Imperial Palace: The Qing Palace in Shenyang
  • Island of Patmos: Monastery: containing some two thousand printed books and over a thousand manuscripts, many of them of great antiquity and beauty (AB ev)
  • Istanbul: (Topkapi) Enderun Library
  • Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba: Great Library of the Society of Jesus, in Cordoba's University
  • Karlskrona: City Library
  • Kazan Kremlin: Qolsarif Mosque Library
  • Kew Gardens: Created 1852 - one of the world's major botanical libraries
  • La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle: Bibliothéque de la Ville de la Chaux-de-Fonds (with murals)
  • Litomysl Castle: in the 17th century it held 4,000 books
  • Macao: Sir Robert Ho Tung Library (1894)
  • Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi: a library (Kitab khana) (AB ev)
  • Monticello: Rotunda used to be the University library Link
  • Mount Athos: A number of the Monasteries on Mt Athos contain significant libraries eg Pantelemion Hilandar  Link
  • Nancy
  • Naples: Girolamini Convent Library
  • Nesvizh: "The books of the library originated from practically all European printing houses of the period from the 15th to the first half of the 20th centuries. A map of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the so-called Radziwill map, was of particular significance to Central European cartography. It was the first map in the history of cartography to give a true picture of the entire territory of Belarus and Lithuania" (AB evaluation)
  • Novodevichy Convent: The collections of Novodevichy contain a large number of precious objects and paintings, as well as an important library, related to the life of the tsarist dynasties and the history of the country (AB ev)
  • Old City of Jerusalem: Khaldiyya, Gulbenkian Library
  • Pannonhalma
  • Pergamon Link
  • Plantin-Moretus Museum
  • Potsdam: Gothic Library at Babelsberg Castle
  • Prague: Strahov Monastery Library
  • Puebla: Biblioteca Palafoxana
  • Quedlinburg: Historische Bibliothek Quedlinburg Link
  • Regensburg: At Turn und Taxis Palace
  • Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans: Krayova Library
  • Residences of the Royal House of Savoy: Royal Library
  • Rila Monastery: Housing 250 manuscripts and 9,000 old printed matters
  • Royal Palace at Caserta: Palatine Library Link
  • Safi al-Din Ensemble in Ardabil : "Sheikh Safi al-din ensemble consists of a range of buildings including the tomb, Khānegāh, the library, the mosque, the school...This huge building ..was called Jannat Sara, and served as the library. In the Islamic [Islamia] encyclopedia, there is an account of the greatness of the library of Sheikh Safi al-din. Today, nothing of the library is left though it has once been the largest library in Iran.....At the time of occupation of Ardabil by the Russians (1827), the religious and cultural texture of the city suffered grave losses. The library was sent to Saint Petersburg by General Peskevich, and was attached to the library of that city". Nom File - this describes how Russian troops "diverted" to Ardabil "It was only the library of Sheikh Safi al-din Ardabili's shrine which held numerous books and precious manuscripts ..... (so) though Ardabil was not on their route, and its occupation would cost expenses and efforts to them ... a group of soldiers were dispatched to Ardabil to besiege the library and take control of it". This Russian article of 1996 claims that the library was actually "purchased" and selected "with the assistance of the mosque's mufti" (see link)  Link
  • Saint Catherine Area: "The monastery library preserves the second largest collection of early codices and manuscripts in the world, outnumbered only by the Vatican Library. Its strength lies in Greek, Coptic, Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Georgian, and Syriac texts. The Codex Sinaiticus, now in the British Library, left the monastery in the 19th century for Russia, in circumstances that are now disputed."
  • Salamanca: Old library of the University of Salamanca
  • Salzburg: Zellenbibliothek at Stift Sankt Peter
  • Santa Maria de Guadelupe: scriptorum
  • Selimiye Mosque: Within the mosque
  • Seville: Archivo de Indias
  • Siena: Libreria Piccolomini in the cathedral of Siena Link
  • St. Petersburg: National Library of Russia, established in 1795 by Catherine the Great Link
  • Sucre: National Library, holding documents since the 15th century
  • Tabriz Bazaar: Jafaryya Library, Kalkatachi Library (nom file)
  • Timgad: Roman library Link
  • University of Coimbra: Joanine Library
  • Valletta: National Library of Malta (originated in 1555)
  • Vatican City: Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana
  • Venice and its Lagoon: Biblioteca Marciana; San Lazzaro degli Armeni with its 150000 vol library
  • Vienna: Hofburg Library
  • Villa Adriana (Tivoli): Greek Library
  • Wachau Cultural Landscape: Stift Melk's Monastic Library & Göttweig Abbey: The abbey has a library of 130,000 books and manuscripts, and a particularly important collection of religious engravings, besides valuable collections of coins, antiquities, musical manuscripts and natural history, all of which survived the dangers of World War II and its immediate aftermath almost without loss.
  • Westminster: House of Common's Library in Westminster palace
  • Yuso and Suso Monasteries: Yuso


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