21 Of The Most Beautiful Libraries In The World

"The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history" - Carl Rowan.

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“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library” - Albert Einstein. A library is nothing short of a heaven for all those who love reading and solitude. There is no end to the pleasure and no need for anybody’s company. A library makes you feel really small and insignificant in comparison with the vast amount of knowledge that it holds, and that's the allure of it! What could be more satisfying than going through the innumerable columns of a library, trying to decide what you want to read now, tomorrow, and for all the days after tomorrow! Other than how many books you can find, the architecture and environment of a library are just as important! While one may find this subjective, there is no doubt that some libraries stand out from the rest with their awe-inspiring architecture, location and history. So, here we bring you 21 of the most beautiful libraries in the whole world:

1. Sainte-Geneviève Library, France

Built in 1851
Contains 2 million documents
Architecture: Roman-inspired
Access: Public

Source: Nineteensixtyeight

Source: Anaulmanu

Source: Artsy

2. Library Of Parliament, Canada

Established in 1876
Contains 6,00,000 items
Architecture: Chapter house

Access: Restricted/Limited

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Carverscompanion

Source: Flikr

3. Library At The Royal Site Of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain

Opened in 1584
Contains more than 40,000 volumes
Architecture: Palace
Access: Public

Source: Twitter

Source: Kappostorias

Source: Wikipedia

4. Real Gabinete Português de Leitura, Brazil

Opened in 1887
Contains more than 3,50,000 volumes
Architecture: Gothic
Access: Public

Source: Vortexmag

Source: Desejoliterario

Source: Tertuliabibliofila

5. National Library Of Finland

Established in 1640
Contains 3 million books
Architecture: Corinthian
Access: Restricted/Limited

Source: Thefella

Source: Atlasobscura

Source: Wikiwand

6. Suzzalo Library, University Of Washington, USA

Opened in 1963
Contains 1.6 million volumes
Architecture: Gothic
Access: Public

Source: Pinterest

Source: lib.Washington

Source: World-walk-about

7. Stuttgart City Library, Germany

Opened in 2011
Contains about 5,00,000 media items
Architecture: Modern
Access: Public

Source: Reddit

Source: Totems

Source: Architectural-review

8. Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, USA

Opened in 1963
Contains 1,80,000 volumes
Architecture: Modern
Access: Restricted/Limited

Source: Reddit

Source: Flikr

Source: Kitamuda

9. Seattle Central Library, USA

Opened in 2004
Contains 1.5 million books
Architecture: Modern
Access: Public

Source: Pinterest

Source: Rex-ny

Source Brucemaudesign

10. George Peabody library, John Hopkins University, USA

Built in 1878
Contains 3,00,000 volumes
Architecture: Neo-Grec
Access: Public

Source: Weddingwire

Source: Locationshub

Source: Archplanbaltimore

11. Library Of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Opened in 1592
Contains more than 2,00,000 books
Architecture: Gothic
Access: Restricted/Limited

Source: Myrenaissance

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Wikiwand

12. Vennesla Library, Norway

Opened in 2011
650 meters of book shelf
Architecture: Modern
Access: Public

Source: Librarybuildings

Source: Helenhard

Source: Huftonandcrow

13. TU Delft Library, Netherlands

Opened in 1998
Contains over 1 million books
Architecture: Modern
Access: Restricted/Limited

Source: Mecanoo

Source: Pinterest

Source: Wikipedia

14. Halmstad City Library, Sweden

Opened in 2006
Contains 2,60,000 media
Architecture: Modern
Access: Public

Source: Shldesign

Source: Mimoa

Source: Hiveminer

15. Cottbus Library, Brandenburg University Of Technology, Germany

Opened in 2004
Contains over 9,00,000 media
Architecture: Modern
Access: Public

Source: Flikr

Source: Flikr

Source: Pinterest

16. Vancouver Central Public Library, Canada

Opened in 1995
Contains 1.3 million volumes
Architecture: Modern
Access: Public

Source: Dawnoftheunread

Source: Straight

Source: Triip

17. Admont Abbey library, Austria

Established in 1776
Contains over 2,00,000 volumes
Architecture: Baroque
Access: Public

Source: Sense-and-sensibility

Source: Sense-and-sensibility

Source: Admonter

18. Utrecht University Library, Netherlands

Opened in 2004
Contains more than 4.2 million books
Architecture: Modern
Access: Restricted/Limited

Source: Flikr

Source: Pinterest

Source: Detail-online

19. Malmo City Library, Sweden

Opened in 1999
Contains over 5,50,000 media
Architecture: Modern
Access: Public

Source: Mymodernmet

Source: Nordiskpanorama

Source: Flikr

20. Sir Duncan Rice Library, Scotland

Opened in 2012
Contains 4,00,000 books
Architecture: Modern
Access: Public

Source: E-architect

Source: Roddymacleod

Source: Shl

21. The Black Diamond (Royal Library), Denmark

Opened in 1999
Contains 65,000 volumes
Architecture: Neomodern
Access: Restricted/Limited

Source: Discoverstudyabroad

Source: Architravel

Source: Panoramio

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