The 27 Most Incredible Libraries in the World

Generally speaking, libraries are losing the battle against the e-book and audio books. The advantages for both storing books and for those carrying them around are obvious when it comes to a real book vs. an E-reader but there is still nothing quite like the feel of a real book.

Libraries such as the ones below have long been a place of learning and educating future generations, not only because of the wealth of knowledge they hold but their impressive and inspiring architecture too. We think that it’s safe to say, no matter how popular e-books become in the future, libraries such as these both old and new will be around for a long time yet.

1. The National Library Of Prague, Prague, Czech Republic


2. Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland


3. Biblioteca Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

via Boris G

4. St. Florian Monastery, Austria

via Renate Dodell

5. The Admont Library, Admont, Austria

via Benediktinerstift Admont

6. George Peabody Library, Baltimore, Maryland, Usa


7. Handelingenkamer Tweede Kamer Der Staten-generaal Den Haag Iii, Netherlands


10. Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbra, Portugal

via Will Pryce

11. Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, Connecticut, Usa

via Michael Marsland

12. Bibliothèque Nationale De France, Paris, France

via Franck Bohbot

13. The Old Public Library Of Cincinnati, Ohio, Usa

via Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

14. The Iowa State Law Library, Iowa, Usa


15. The City Libary, Stuttgart, Germany

via Philipp Hilpert

16. The Oberlausitzische Library Of Science, Gorlitz, Germany


17. New York Public Library

via David Markovič

18. Bibliothèque Sainte Geneviève, Paris, France

via Franck Bohbot

19. St John’s College Library, Cambridge, Uk

via The Pale Side Of Insomnia

20. The Library Of Congress, Washington, D.C., USA


21. Bibliothèque Mazarine, Paris, France

via Franck Bohbot

22. Vennesla Library, Vennesla, Norway

via Helen & Hard

23. Harper Library, USA

via Justin Kern

24. The National Library Of China, Beijing, China


25. State Library Of Victoria, Australia

via Diliff

26. Book Mountain, Spijkenisse, Netherlands

via Jeroen Musch

27. Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt

via Peter Svarc

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