This week we will highlight the Biblioteca Joanina, the Baroque library at the University of Coimbra (Portugal). This library was built in the 18th century while King João V ruled. The library houses approximately 250,000 books from the 13th through the 19th centuries. This historic library is considered a National Monument — the most visited monument on the campus. The basement of the library had even served as a prison at one point in time.
“Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better.” (Sidney Sheldon)