beautiful libraries


4,000 Houses for 4,000 Followers: No 20:

Highclere Castle, Hampshire, England. 

Rebuilt 1839-42 by Sir Charles Barry, with a park by Capability Brown. 

Was the home of Lord Carnarvon, friend and sponsor of Howard Carter, and is the main filming location of Downton Abbey. 


Österreichische Nationalbibliothek - Vienna, Austria

The Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Austrian National Library) is a breathtaking baroque masterpiece, finished in 1726. Formerly the court library to the Hapsburgs, it is one of the world’s major libraries, with an extraordinary collection that dates back to the 14th century. The current collection contains around 2.5 million books.

Visitors can also visit many special collections, which include prints, maps, papyri, portraits, music and theater. But the magnificent library itself is the focal point here. Among the exhibits are two exquisite Venetian baroque globes: one for the earth and one for the sky, each with a diameter of more than one meter. Keep your eye out for library employees slipping through concealed passages behind certain bookcases.

The Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Austrian National Library) on Atlas Obscura

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4,000 Houses for 4,000 Followers: No 22:

Althorp House, Northamptonshire, England. 

Originally a redbrick Tudor building but, starting in 1788, Henry Holland redesigned much of the house. 

Is the seat of the Earls Spencer, and was the home of Diana Princess of Wales. 



4,000 Houses for 4,000 Followers: No 17:

Belton House, Lincolnshire, England. 

Built 1685-1688. 

Thought to be designed by William Winde or Sir Christopher Wren. 

X and National Trust. 


What’s better than wine and hors d'oeuvres? Majestic reading rooms and card catalogs, of course! We archivists were in seventh heaven at the Library of Congress earlier this month while attending a reception for the Society of American Archivists. I couldn’t resist snapping some photos of the library’s chemistry-related headings, which are, shall we say, extensive.


4,000 Houses for 4,000 Followers: No 4:

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England. 

Built 1705 to circa 1722 by Sir Jon Vanbrugh,