Libraries are the perhaps the best places on the planet for readers. They’re a repository of learning, history, art and culture – beautiful and enlightening in equal measure. If you’re a travel lover or book addict, here are world’s best and most beautiful libraries you must visit. These libraries are scattered all across the world, and have their own unique qualities that make them so attractive. In this article, we’re discussing exactly those.
List of World’s Best And Most Beautiful Libraries You Must Visit:
- Klementinum National Library, Prague, Czech Republic
- State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
- Trinity College Old Library, Dublin, Ireland
- Abbey Library of St Gall, St Gallen, Switzerland
- Rampur Raza Library, Rampur, India
- Stuttgart City Library, Germany
- Starfield City Library, Seoul, South Korea
- Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Klementinum National Library, Prague, Czech Republic
Imbued with beautiful frescoes depicting Biblical scenes on the ceiling and including over 20000 works of theological literature amidst its shelves, this started out as a Jesuit institution but gas become the National Library of the Czech Republic. With rich mahogany and ornate architecture and lined with classic books, this is a must visit destination for book lovers and tourists alike.
State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
This is the most popular library in Australia, grossing over two million visitors a year. The dome shaped structure is an architectural marvel, with whitewashed walls and shelves and a wooden floor and chaises. It is also Aussie’s oldest library and boasts a crazy collection of over two million books, including photographs and manuscripts.
Trinity College Old Library, Dublin, Ireland
With its famed Long Room which appears to extend farther than the eyesight and the Book of Kells which brings in about a million visitors per annum, this one had to be on the list. With high rising wooden cabinets enclosing a sweeping number of books, since it is Ireland’s copyright library. This means that anyone and everyone who publishes a book in Ireland must deposit a free copy of their book with this library.
Abbey Library of St Gall, St Gallen, Switzerland
Perhaps one of the earliest libraries every, some say that this dates back to 820 CE. Today, it contains over 160000 volumes of books, located in beautiful ancient shelves. Here time stops and literature takes over. This abode of learning has a ceiling full of wondrous sky like paintings and antique wooden décor which will take your breath away.
Rampur Raza Library, Rampur, India
This library, located in Uttar Pradesh is a haven of Indo Islamic cultural and literary work, founded in 1774 and taken forward by the Nawabs of Rampur. It is home to a large number of rare works of literature, of Indian and Persian origin. It also boasts a large collection of ancient calligraphy works, paintings and manuscripts. It’s truly a wonder, and a little known one.
Stuttgart City Library, Germany
This is a humungous nine story library, with milky white walls and décor giving the illusion of expanded space. This library makes you feel like you’re in a world of endlessness, surrounded by nothing but books. There is also a large reading room, and sofas and chaise at regular intervals – a dream come true.
Starfield City Library, Seoul, South Korea
One of the more modern looking libraries on this list, this is located inside the world’s largest shopping mall. With cozy sofas to recline on, and curved walls lined with millions and millions of books, this is the dream of every book lover in the world. It’s a futuristic library located across two floors, and a haven of peace and enlightenment.
Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This piece of heaven with ginormous wooden bookshelves and a large central space with seating arrangements boasts the largest number of Portuguese books outside Portugal. Indeed, there are over 40000 rare books in here, all of Portuguese dialect. Because of this, it isn’t just a library, it’s a cultural hub created by Portuguese immigrants to promote their language and resurrected in 1900 for public access.