The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World

The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World

I’ve always loved libraries.

Whenever I visit a new city, I make it a point to check out their main library. In the spirit of adventure, here are the most beautiful libraries in the world…

(Click on any of the images to view full-screen slideshow)

Bibliothèque Sainte Geneviève, Paris, France

Vennesla Library and Culture House, Vennesla, Norway

Los Angeles Central Library in Los Angeles, CA

Royal Portuguese Reading Room, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

New York Public Library, New York City, NJ

National Library, Site Richelieu, Paris, France

Library of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt

Wiblingen Monastary Library, Ulm, Germany

Strahov Monastery Theological Library, Prague, Czech Republic

Fisher Fine Arts Library, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Library of the Benedictine Monastery of Admont, Austria

Abbey Library of Saint Gall, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Library of Parliament, Ottawa, Canada

Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK

University of Salamanca Library, Salamanca, Spain

University of Michigan Law Library, Ann Arbor, MI

Bapst Library, Boston College, Boston, MA

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT

The University of Coimbra General Library, Coimbra, Portugal

George Peabody Library, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

La Sorbonne Reading Room, Paris, France

Pontifical Lateran University library, Rome, Italy

Queen’s College Library, Oxford University, Oxford, UK

Suzzallo Library’s Graduate Reading Room at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA

The Harper Library Reading Room, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Philological Library of the Free University, Berlin, Germany

Cornell Law School Library, Ithaca, NY

José Vasconcelos Library in México City, Mexico

Rijksmuseum Research Library, Amsterdam

Angelica Library, Rome, Italy

Clementinum National Library, Prague, Czech Republic

Library of the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain

The Walker Library of The History of Human Imagination, Stamford City, CT

Herzog August Library, Wolfenbüttel, Germany

Library of Congress, Washington, DC, US

Codrington Library, All Soul’s College, Oxford University, Oxford, UK

Melk Monastery Library, Melk, Austria

Philips Exeter Academy's Library in Exeter, NH

Vorarlberg State Library, Bregenz, AustriaNational Library of China, Beijing

More Resources:

Previous Post: «

Next Post: »

Paul Nowak

Paul is the founder of Iris Reading, the largest provider of speed-reading courses in North America. His workshops have been taught to thousands of students and professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada.