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12 impressive Carnegie libraries still in use today

By: Angela Nelson on Sept. 29, 2016, 6:37 a.m.
University Library in Leuven, Belgium

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University Library in Leuven, Belgium

In the 1920s, a Carnegie library was built at the University of Leuven in Belgium to replace one destroyed in World War I. Leuven was one of three cities that received Carnegie libraries to replace libraries bombed and damaged along the front lines of war. (Belgrade, Serbia and Reims, France are the other two.) During World War II, the university library was damaged by fire and nearly a million books were lost.

Built in Flemish Renaissance style, the library has a carillon in the tower with 63 bells and houses more than 3 million volumes.