Crossing the threshold into this building is like stepping back into the classical antiquity. Completed in 1904, Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library is celebrated as a fine example of neoclassical architecture in the Greco-Roman temple style. Massive Corinthian columns and an architrave support a triangular pediment featuring an acanthus motif. This noble building is the fruit of an architectural tradition reaching back to Ancient Greece. The design of the library is reminiscent of a temple treasury. With its extensive holdings, the library has long been a source of pride to the people of Osaka. Over a century since the building’s completion, appreciation of its architectural value continues to grow with the passage of time.