5 Beautiful Libraries Around The World

We'd gladly read and study for hours in these stunning spots


Before the rise of e-books and audiobooks, libraries were once the hubs of both academic and recreational reading. While some may say they are losing ground to online references, you can't deny that the unmistakable smell of books and beautiful architecture are irreplaceable. To inspire you to keep the tradition of visiting these magnificent buildings, we've rounded up some of the most beautiful libraries around the world that possess one-of-a-kind charm. Check them out below: 

The Beinecke Rare Book Library in Yale University, USA may not look like much from the outside, but its interiors are nothing short of impressive—its odd characteristics such as the windowless, marble walls make it a sight to behold. It is currently the largest building in the world designed for the protection of rare books and manuscripts including 48 known copies of the Gutenberg Bible. 

The State Library of New South Wales, Australia started as the Australian Subscription Library in 1826 and is said to be the oldest library in the country. It is known for the breathtaking Mitchell Wing (as seen in photo) which was completed in 1910 and named after David Scott Mitchell who had a fantastic collection of books and original journals of James Cook. 

The BnF (Bibliothèque nationale de FranceFrançois Mitterrand, Paris is the National Library of France. Its construction and renovation ran into huge costs related to its high-rise design and was referred to as the Très Grande Bibliothèque or very large library. As of 2016, the BnF contains over 14 million books on its 4 Parisian sites (Tolbiac, Richelieu, Arsenal, Opéra) as well as printed documents, manuscripts, photographs, and ancient maps. 

The Community Bookshelf in Kansas City is a striking feature of the town that is slowly becoming a tourist favorite. The book spines, which are around 26 feet tall, are made from signboard mylar and showcase 22 titles that reflect the reading interests of locals selected by the Kansas City Public Library Board of Trustees.

The incredible Biblioteca Vallicelliana in Rome, Italy was established back in 1565. It is known to house many important artifacts including a Bible of Alcuin dating back to the 9th century and documents from the time of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation.

Sources and Photos: Snopes | House Of Books: The Most Majestically Beautiful Libraries Around The World Photographed By Franck Bohbot via Earth Porm | 62 of the World's Most Beautiful Libraries via mental_floss 

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