Strikingly beautiful libraries around the world in honor of National Book Lovers Day

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With all of the literary wonders available to help you celebrate National Book Lovers Day, we thought we'd shift the focus to where you should spend this scholarly cultured day. No matter how you feel about books, libraries are some of the most spectacular buildings in the world. These public spaces dedicated to printed and digital media prove that even the most silent of buildings can make a loud design statement.

Libraries are some of the most incredibly esteemed places to common knowledge imaginable. With a boundless range of resources, they're priceless when it comes to studying. Whether they feature sleek, eye-catching architecture or extravagant interiors, we've rounded up some of the most strikingly beautiful libraries around the world to help ignite the book lover in you:
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Strikingly beautiful libraries around the world in honor of National Book Lovers Day

Beinecke Rare Books & Manuscripts Library at Yale

Location: New Haven, Connecticut

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library is one of the world's largest libraries devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts and is Yale's principal repository for literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books. The Beinecke Library's robust collections are used to create new scholarship by researchers from around the world.

Stuttgart City Library

Location: Stuttgart, Germany

The dimensioning and positioning, detached from their urban context, are a symbol of the significance of the library as a new intellectual and cultural center within the overall A1 project. 

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Location: Toronto, Canada

The Fisher Library has some two hundred books printed before 1501 and are broadly representative of the range of early western printing.

Mafra Palace Library

Location: Mafra, Portugal

The magnificent floor is covered with tiles of rose, grey and white marble. The wooden bookshelves in Rococo style are situated on the sidewalls in two rows, separated by a balcony with a wooden railing. They contain over 36,000 leather-bound volumes, attesting of the extent of western knowledge from the 14th to the 19th century.

The New York Public Library

Location: New York, NY

The New York Public Library has provided essential access to books and information for more than a century. Today, we are building on that legacy by increasing access to our collections physically and online, and by transforming our libraries into proactive centers of education and opportunity for all New Yorkers. 

TU Delft Library

Location: Paris, France

The Bibliotheque Sainte-Genevieve is a French National Library located at 10 Place du Pantheon, in the Fifth Arrondissement of Paris, France.

John Rylands Library

Location: Manchester, UK

he University of Manchester Library is one of only five National Research Libraries. With more than 4 million printed books and manuscripts, over 41,000 electronic journals and 500,000 electronic books, as well as several hundred databases, the library is one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the country.

Biblioteca Vasconcelos

Location: Mexico City, Mexico

The Biblioteca Vasconcelos is located in the north of Mexico City, next to the suburban railway station in Buenavista. Designed by Mexican architect Alberto Kalach, it was inaugurated in May 2006. It is one of 10 internationally recognized librarians more modern venues.

Malmö City Library

Location: Malmö, Sweden

Located in the heart of the multicultural Malmö, the library has more than 600.000 media: books in some 60 different languages, magazines and newspapers from all over the world, cd’s, films, video games and talking books. 

Salt Lake City Public Library

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

"The Salt Lake City Library! It is gorgeous and feels like something Willy Wonka would create."- staytray 

The Codrington Library

Location: Oxford, UK.

With its modern collection comprising of some 185,000 items, about a third of which being produced before 1800, the prestigious Codrington Library attracts scholars from around the world. 

Bodleian Library

Location: Oxford, UK

The first library for Oxford University – as distinct from the colleges – was housed in a room above the Old Congregation House, begun c.1320 on a site to the north of the chancel of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin. The building stood at the heart of Oxford’s ‘academic quarter’, close to the schools in which lectures were given.

Wiblingen Abbey Library

Location: Wiblingen, Germany

The monastery’s library is constructed in the airy and whimsical Rococo style. 

Trinity College Long Room

Location: Dublin, Ireland

The main chamber of the Old Library is the Long Room, and at nearly 65 metres in length, it is filled with 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books. When built (between 1712 and 1732) it had a flat plaster ceiling and shelving for books was on the lower level only, with an open gallery.

Strahov Monastery Library

Location: Strahov, Czech Republic.

The elegant spires of the basilica, the wonderful period library, the priceless pictures in the gallery and a film set for Hollywood blockbusters – this is Prague’s Strahov Monastery, one of the oldest Premonstratensian monasteries still in existence in the world.

Library of Congress

Location: Washington, D.C.

The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. 


Location: The Hague, Netherlands.

When this Department was built at the end of the 19th century, there was no electricity. Combustible substances, such as candles and gas lamps, had to be kept away from the more than 100,000 volumes. To allow as much light in as possible, the roof was therefore constructed as a leaded glass dome.

The Black Diamond

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

The Black Diamond is the quasi-official nickname to the modern waterfront extension of the Royal Danish Library’s old building and is a reference to its polished black granite cladding and irregular angles. 

Suzzallo Library at University of Washington

Location: Seattle, Washington

The Suzzallo Library is an architectural and historical treasure. It has an exemplar of over 80 years of academic splendor. Be welcomed by the majesty and mystery of this, 'the soul of the University.' 

National Library of the Czech Republic

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

The library’s main building is located in the historical Clementinum building in Prague and is the biggest library in the Czech Republic, being home to around 6 million documents. 

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Boston Public Library

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Established in 1848, by an act of the Great and General Court of Massachusetts, the Boston Public Library (BPL) was the first large free municipal library in the United States. The Boston Public Library's first building of its own was a former schoolhouse located on Mason Street that was opened to the public on March 20, 1854. 

Reading Room at La Sorbonne

Location: Paris, France

The Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne is an inter-university library in Paris, France. It is situated in the Sorbonne building. It is a medieval institution of the Sorbonne, which evolved over the centuries as part of the University of Paris. 

The George Peabody Library

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

The magnificent library is the perfect setting for your most significant celebrations. Start your evening with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the sophisticated Exhibition Gallery surrounded by pieces from the Johns Hopkins Libraries’ diverse and rare collections.


Have you ever visited a spectacularly, breathtaking library that should be in this round up? Please let us know in the comments below and have an amazing National Book Lovers Day.

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