10 Gorgeous Libraries From Around The World That Every Book-Lover Should Visit In Their Lifetime
Is there any place more beautiful than a library? Let's consider: it's stocked with books that you can borrow — for free! — and it’s a quiet respite from the real world. Plus, it allows you to dive into countless fictional worlds. My favorite activity as a kid (and an adult, let's be real) was going to the library during the summer. I would come home with stacks of books — everything from Goosebumps to Jane Austen. And though I have a special place in my heart from the libraries of my childhood, as a kid, I could have never dreamed of stepping into one of the world's most gorgeous libraries.
The truly beautiful part of libraries is, of course, the books. After all, these are the reason you come to the library in the first place, and they contain countless worlds and lives for you to experience. However, some libraries are just particularly beautiful. Every library has some beauty, because of the books, but there are several libraries around the world that every book-lover will take one look at and say, “OK, I live here now.” Here are some of the world’s most beautiful libraries. I promise, they will make every book-lover want to buy a plane ticket and travel to see them immediately.
1. Clementinum National Library in Prague
2. Iowa State Capitol Law Library, Iowa
3. Bodleian Library, Oxford
4. Stuttgart City Library, Germany
If ornate architecture isn't your style and you prefer books to shine in minimalist settings, the Stuttgart City Library is right up your alley. Designed by Korean architect Eun Young Yi, this library has 11 floors and an open plan, so you can look up and down and just see books, books, and more books.
5. Library Of Congress, Washington D.C.
6. Joanina Library, Portugal
7. New York Public Library, New York
8. Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Mexico City
9. Boston Public Library, Massachusetts
10. Admont Abbey, Austria
This gorgeous library is known for its Baroque architecture and large monastic and scientific collection. There are gorgeous frescoes on the ceiling, and if you think this library looks familiar, that's probably because it looks just like the Beast's library in Beauty and the Beast. Dream come true.