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These Bookish World Records Are Astounding!

Readers everywhere crave the satisfaction of experiencing a great plot unfolding. Books inspire people to think, learn, dream and transform their own stories into thrilling page-turners. And apparently they’ve inspired people to break some amazing records. Whether you love fiction or nonfiction, these book-themed world records are bound to keep your passion for literature kindled for years to come. We challenge you to find a bookish world record of your own to break!

Largest Library

Capitol Hill is home to the world’s largest library, the Library of Congress, which houses 162 million items in three buildings. That’s right. No joke. 162 million items in just three buildings. With more than 38 million books and 12,000 media items added daily, the library uses roughly 838 miles of bookshelves to keep its growing collection under control. Imagine trying to find a specific book in all of that!

Largest Book

Since 2012, Mshahed International Group in Dubai has held the world record for the largest book, a 16.4 by 26.44 foot compilation entitled, “This the Prophet Mohamed.” Imagine reading this 3,306-pound book in bed by candlelight.

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