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Cool Bookish Places: Trinity College Library

File this one under Places I Would Like To Haunt After I Die, Despite Never Having Actually Been There. The Trinity College Library is the largest library in Ireland and dates back to the founding of the college in 1592. Combine this with the library in Beauty and the Beast, and I’m pretty sure that’s where you’ll find my eternal soul.

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The library has deposit rights for Ireland and the United Kingdom (meaning that they have the rights to free copies of every book published in either place for an archival record), and because they’ve had those rights since 1801, they’ve accumulated roughly five million books.

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The best part (in my [correct] opinion) is the Long Room, which contains over 200,000 of the library’s oldest books. The Long Room also contains a copy of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic, a 15th-century harp that is the model for the Irish emblem, and the Book of Kells- a manuscript of the Gospels created in 800 by Celtic Monks. It’s fancy. Have you been? Was it everything my hopes and dreams make it out to be?

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A page from the Book of Kells