Trinity College Library

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Christopher Wren, 1632–1723

Cambridge, UK; 1676–95

The library is the finest architectural element of Trinity College, Cambridge, outdoing its chapel as a place of splendid veneration. Its utilitarian function was to store books and make them accessible to scholars, but it would have been possible to make an arrangement of Low-ceilinged corridors to accomplish that objective much more cheaply. Trinity Library is a temple of learning, which elevates the contents of printed books – ideas – to the highest cultural level, and gives the books and scholars a room that could be part of a royal palace.

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