The largest library in the world is the US Library of Congress, which has more than 150 million copies in its collections. It was founded in 1800 by US President John Adams, who allocated $ 5, 000 to purchase books that Congress might need. And now the library is visited annually by about 1, 700, 000 readers.
American bibliomaniac Stephen Bloomberg became famous all over the world for his strange "love" for books. During his life, Bloomberg stole from libraries more than 20, 000 valuable books worth several million dollars. 268 libraries were affected by it. Stephen Bloomberg has been behind bars more than once, but after his release he took up the old. Interestingly, he did not sell or ruin any of the books. He even explained his actions with noble goals - to deprive the state of the right to monopoly ownership of rare books. Bloomberg claimed to have read all of the stolen books and could tell people about their contents.
A stranger returned an old book to the library of the small town of Vantaa in Finland. Judging by the note on the back cover, it was issued over a hundred years ago. Perhaps this record can be safely entered into the Guinness Book of Records. By the way, most often the Bible and the very Guinness Book of Records are stolen from libraries.
A small library was collected even on board the Mir orbital complex. There are not many books in it, about a hundred, but on a variety of topics - from works on cosmonautics to novels by famous Soviet satirists I. Ilf and E. Petrov.
Many famous figures have devoted years of their lives to librarianship. For example: Ivan Andreevich Krylov, Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky, Immanuel Kant and others. Even the famous adventurer Giovanni Giacomo Casanova worked in the library of Count Waldstein, which was located in Bohemia, in the last years of his life. It was there that Casanova wrote his autobiography, The Story of My Life.
Norway can be considered a real paradise for writers. If one of them has published a book in this country, the Norwegian government immediately buys 1, 000 copies and distributes them to libraries. Thus, writers are supported by the state.
The Haskell library is located in two countries of the world at once - the USA and Canada. One half of the building is located in the American town of Derby Line, and the other in the Canadian town of Stansted. Access to the library was only possible from the United States. True, Canadians were also free to use the library. After the September 11 attacks, security measures have been strengthened, with US National Security officers constantly on duty at the building.
In 1857, British merchant and philanthropist George Moore opened the world's first mobile library. This is how Moore decided to spread useful knowledge among the rural population. A cart with books moved from one village to another, anyone could take a book and return it during the next visit to the mobile library.
At the moment, the oldest functioning library is located in Egypt in the monastery of St. Helena, which is located on the Sinai Peninsula. The library was opened in the 6th century AD. True, anyone who wants to visit it will not be able to. This is only allowed for monks and students with the appropriate permission.