The world is a book and those who don’t travel only read one page
Some may claim that the library culture is dying, but the visitors to these libraries would say that’s far from the truth. Bookworm or not, there’s a lot to love about these fifteen libraries from around the world. From the futuristic Stuttgart City Library in Germany to the practically ancient Library of Congress in DC come with us on a tour of the most interesting places to check out a book. You’ll be surprised by what we find, and perhaps even find it in your heart to give the future of libraries a bit more credit.
Libraries are some of the most complete and incredible tributes to human knowledge imaginable, and with their range of resources, they’re invaluable when it comes to studying.
Whether they feature sleek, eye-catching architecture or extravagant interiors, the 15 libraries on this list are the most beautiful in the world :
1. TIANJIN BINHAI LIBRARY – TIANJIN, CHINA
The Tianjin Binhai Library in China is a breathtaking work of modern architecture which aims to inspire enjoyment of the arts. Tianjin Library is located in the cultural district of the city of Tianjin in China. Established in 1908, it was one of the oldest provincial public libraries in China. It has a collection of 320 items.
2. ROYAL PORTUGUESE CABINET OF READING – RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
If the perfect library exists, it’s this one. Recognized as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world by TIME, the Royal Portuguese Reading Room in Rio de Janeiro are a hidden treasure in the city center and an absolute must-visit. The plain exterior masks the inside which is breathtakingly beautiful with its lavish decorations and historical settings.
3. BIBLIOTECA VASCONCELOS – MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
A jaw-dropping “mega-library” that turns book-browsing into a geometric adventure. Transparent walls, stories of intentionally slightly mismatched floors, and intricate networks of balconies and paths between replicating stacks let visitors literally get lost in the worlds contained within the books themselves. This library resembles something from a short story by the Argentinian magical realist author Jorge Luis Borges.
4. BIBLIOTHECA ALEXANDRINA – ALEXANDRINA, EGYPT
Egyptian architects are used as a progressive technique to design the attention-grabbing library at the in Egypt. As the dynamic thermal modeling technology employed in its development was still in its infancy at the time.
5. GEORGE PEABODY LIBRARY – BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Even if students at Johns Hopkins University are struggling to cram for their midterms, at least they have a grand, spacious Greek Revival-style library in which to work – and its collection of 300,000 volumes, many from the 19th century, probably helps too. The building – finished in 1878 – was the work of local architect Edmund G. Lind, who created what has been termed a “cathedral of books” for the college. The library’s atrium rises 61 feet into the air, peaking with a latticed skylight at the top, while columns featuring gold scalloping together with tiered, cast-iron balconies add highly attractive decorative embellishments.
6. OODI HELSINKI – FINLAND
The Helsinki Central Library Oodi, commonly referred to as Library Oodi, is a public library in Helsinki, Finland, inaugurated on December 5, 2018. The library is situated in the Töölönlahti district next to Helsinki Music Centre and Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art.
7. ADMONT ABBEY – ABBEY, AUSTRIA
Situated on the Enns River in southeast Austria, the library of Admont Abbey, constructed in 1776, is breathtaking in its beauty. Baroque architect Joseph Hueber was tasked with developing the design for the dazzling hall. Resplendent in gold and white hues, the library is crowned with seven cupolas whose ceiling space is adorned by Bartolomeo Altomonte’s frescos representing different phases of human knowledge. Around 70,000 of the monastery’s approximately 200,000 volumes are stored here, and it is the largest library of its kind in the world.
8. ROYAL DANISH LIBRARY – COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
In an age where many communities consider libraries a relic from the past, Denmark’s appreciation for the future of the literary world is clear. The Royal Library, known as the Black Diamond for its granite accents, is quite unlike any library we’ve ever seen, with its ultra-mod appearance and sleek interior. It’s also the younger generation figured out—the building’s coffee shop is an irresistible draw on rainy days. We love classic fresco and the in-house concert hall, too, which allows visitors to enjoy more than one type of art.
9. BAROQUE LIBRARY – PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Baroque Library is a series of artwork within an artwork. Between the carved wood bookcases, painted ceiling, and oils hung on the walls, it might be a while before you can stop staring and actually crack open a book.you may think you’ve wandered into an art gallery rather than a library.
10. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS – WASHINGTON, DC
The Library of Congress is the research library that officially serves the United States Congress and is the de facto national library of the United States. It is the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States.
11. TAIPEI LIBRARY – BEITOU TAIPEI CITY, TAIWAN
Taipei Public Library Beitou Branch is a public library in Beitou Park, located within Beitou District, Taipei, Taiwan. It is Taiwan’s first green library.Flora also makes an appearance on the green roof, which incorporates planted areas and grass.This local public library in Beitou is a point of interest among locals and to.urists alike for it is the very first building in Taiwan
12. TRINITY COLLEGE LIBRARY – DUBLIN, IRELAND
Dublin’s Trinity College Old Library really is old—or at least, its books are. Although the library is a mere 400 years old, it contains an impressive array of books dating through twelve centuries, the oldest of which is the famous Book of Kells. Although most visitors come to the library to check out the Book of Kell’s Latin scripture and illumination, they stay for the myriads of other books available for enjoyment. We know there’s a ton of bars you want to hit while you’re in Dublin, but it’s worth it to stop for a bit at the Trinity College Old Library.
13. NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY – NYC
The New York Public Library (NYPL) has been an essential provider of free books, information, ideas, and education for all New Yorkers for more than 100 years.With nearly 53 million items and 92 locations, the New York Public Library is the second largest public library in the United States and the third largest in the world. It is a private, non-governmental, independently managed, nonprofit corporation operating with both private and public financing.
14. STUTTGART CITY LIBRARY – STUTTGART, GERMANY
This ain’t your grandma’s library. The Stuttgart City Library has a lot of great reading material, but it’s the super weird shape of the building that makes people want to hang out. The library is built out of glass bricks that glow blue at night, and the interior is totally white and minimalist. Strangest of all, the library is shaped into a reverse pyramid, with layers of floors that get wider as you ascend. Our favorite part? The rooftop terrace, where you can watch the clouds float by while working on that page-turner.
15. STARFIELD LIBRAY – SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
Located in the center of COEX Mall, Starfield Library is an open public space where anyone can freely come to sit down, take a break, and immerse themselves in books along with other bibliophiles. Whole sections of the library are dedicated to foreign books and famous authors. Occupying a whopping 2800 square meters in size, the brightly lit two-story athenaeum has rightly been named Starfield Library after long being referred to as the Open Library.