The World’s 15 Most Beautiful Libraries. I Could Write a Thousand Essays in #5.

Libraries are intended to be places of study: silent and still enough to focus solely on your reading, writing, or other work. In these libraries — the world’s most beautiful — it would incredibly difficult to focus. I know I’d become too distracted by the stunning architecture and incredibly high ceilings.

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


University Club Library

Peter Bond

University Club Library


University Club Library, NYC

Peter Bond

2. Canadian Library of Parliament – Ottawa, Canada


Canadian Library of Parliament

James Gillard

Canadian Library of Parliament


Canadian Library of Parliament

James Gillard

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


Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Lauren Manning

Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library


Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

KAALpurush

4. Iowa State Capital Law Library – United States


Iowa State Capital Law Library

Tani Livengood

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

Suzzalo Library at the University of Washington

6. Admont Abbey Library – Austria


Admont Abbey Library

Ognipensierovo

7. State Library – Victoria, Australia


State Library – Victoria, Australia

Waltonics

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


Library at El Real Monasterio de El Escorial

Jose Maria Cuellar

9. José Vasconcelos Library – Mexico City, Mexico


José Vasconcelos Library

Pedro Vasquez Colmenares

José Vasconcelos Library


José Vasconcelos Library

Aurelio Asiain

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


Real Gabinete Português de Leitura

Ruy Barbosa Pinto

11. National Library of Finland – Helsinki, Finland


National Library of Finland

Marj-Liisa

12. Mitchell Library – Sydney, Australia


Mitchell Library

Christopher Chan

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


Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at University of Toronto

Fadi J

14. George Peabody Library – Baltimore, Maryland


George Peabody Library

Danielle King

15. Strahov Theological Hall – Prague, Czech Republic


Strahov Theological Hall

Rafael Ferreira

Pretty amazing, right? Not your typical run-of-the-mill local libraries. These are definitely the world’s most beautiful, from the ancient to the modern. Share with anyone who appreciates a good book…or better yet, ten thosuand good books.