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The Greatest Libraries of the World
The US Library of Congress is the largest in the world.It has about 90 million items – books,manuscripts,maps, photographs,pieces of music and microfilms. The library has about 350 miles of bookshelves in three gigantic buildings on Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.
Bibliotheque Nationale is the most important library in France and one of the oldest in the world. It is now located in Paris. Its beginning was the first royal library started by Charles V (1364-1380) who collected 1,200 manuscripts in the Louvre.
The Russian State Library in Moscow is one of the largest in the world. It has more than 40 million items in 247 languages: books, maps ,newspapers, music and others. The library is not only a place to read.
The British Library is the national library of the UK.It gets a copy of every book published in the country and many foreign publications as well.The library has a large new building in London which was finished in 1996.