15 Incredible Libraries Around the World

These pillars of higher learning are also home to some of the world’s most incredible architecture. Below is a small collection of stunning libraries around the globe. From the historical to the modern, these centres of knowledge and learning also preserve the history and culture of their respective periods. Personally, I would find it hard to concentrate in some of these places, they are too beautiful for the eye not to wander.

1. University Club Library – New York City, United States

1-university-club-library-new-york Photograph by Peter Bond

2-the-university-club-libraryPhotograph by Peter Bond

2. Canadian Library of Parliament – Ottawa, Canada

3-parliament-library-of-canada-in-ottawa Photograph by James Gillard

4-canadian-library-of-parliamentPhotograph by James Gillard

3. Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library – New Haven, Connecticut

5-yale-rare-book-library Photograph by Lauren Manning

6-yale-university-beinecke-rare-book-and-manuscript-libraryPhotograph by KAALpurush

4. Iowa State Capital Law Library – United States

7-iowa-state-capital-law-libraryPhotograph by Tani Livengood

5. Suzzalo Library at the University of Washington – Seattle, Washington

8-suzzalo-library-seattle Photograph by Sam

9-suzzalo-library-university-of-washingtonPhotograph by Sam

6. Admont Abbey Library – Austria

10-admont-abbey-library-austriaPhotograph by Ognipensierovo

7. State Library – Victoria, Australia

11-state-library-in-victoria-australiaPhotograph by Waltonics

8. Library at El Real Monasterio de El Escorial – Madrid, Spain

12-el-escorial-library-madrid-spainPhotograph by Jose Maria Cuellar

9. José Vasconcelos Library – Mexico City, Mexico

13-jose-vasconcelos-library-mexico-city Photograph by Pedro Vasquez Colmenares

14-jose-vasconcelos-bibliteca-mexico-dfPhotograph by Aurelio Asiain

10. Real Gabinete Português de Leitura – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

15-real-gabinete-rio-de-janiero-brazilPhotograph by Ruy Barbosa Pinto

11. National Library of Finland – Helsinki, Finland

16-national-library-of-finland-helsinkiPhotograph by Marj-Liisa

12. Mitchell Library – Sydney, Australia

17-mitchell-library-sydneyPhotograph by Christopher Chan

13. Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at University of Toronto – Toronto, Canada

18-thomas-fisher-rare-book-library-university-of-torontoPhotograph by Fadi J

14. George Peabody Library – Baltimore, Maryland

19-george-peabody-library-baltimore-marylandPhotograph by Danielle King

15. Strahov Theological Hall – Prague, Czech Republic

20-strahov-theological-hall-praguePhotograph by Rafael Ferreira

Source: Twisted Sifter

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Author: MMK

Architecture & Design was started by an Afghan entrepreneur, he believes that wellbeing is affected by the spaces we spend our time in and that their design is an important notion to consider with regards to our personal comfort and happiness – whether we are at home, at work or at play.

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