Community Bookshelf, Kansas City, Missouri, USA: - A striking feature in the Kansas City’s downtown is community bookshelf which is very hard to miss. The giant bookshelf is the main attraction of this building. The 22 titles showcased reflecting a wide variety of reading interests as suggested by the local readers and then selected by The Kansas City Public Library Board of Trustees.
George Peabody Library, Maryland, USA: - This research library at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland has Peabody Stack Room’s five tier soaring atrium and has wrought iron balconies. It is one of America’s most beautiful college libraries with a setting so gorgeous that weddings and special events are often held here. The library contains more than 300,000 volumes of books and many from 19th century.
Strahov Monastery Library, Czech Republic: - If you ever feel the need to consult a bible when in Prague, head over to the Strahov Monastery. The magnificent Theological Hall in the monastery is full of thousands of editions of the holy book and just about every important title printed in Europe during 18th century. The coolest feature is the two secret passages built within the shelves that can be opened with cleverly hidden fake book levers. The library contains 200,000 volumes of book out of which 3,000 are original manuscripts.
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Connecticut, USA: - This windowless Yale library might not be so attractive to look from outside but the interior is breathtaking with beautiful marble walls. This also happens to be the biggest building in the world to preserve ancient books and manuscripts like medieval manuscripts, ancient papyri, the Gutenberg Bible and more.
The Library of El Escorial, Spain: - The library is located in the Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, the historical residence of the king of Spain. Phillip II was responsible for adding the library and most of the books originally held within. The ceilings were painted with gorgeous frescoes and each representing one of the seven liberal arts: rhetoric, dialectic, music, grammar, arithmetic, geometry and astronomy. These days the library is a World Heritage Site and it holds more than 40,000 volumes in store.
Vasconcelos Library, Mexico City, Mexico:- Nicknamed the “megalibrary” in Mexico City has an outstanding architecture, this giant library takes up a whopping 409,000 square feet making it large enough to dwarf the painted gray whale skeleton inside the main hall. Outside the library is a beautiful botanical garden that protects the building from the loud city streets noise. Inside over 500,000 books are displayed on glass shelves hanging from the five storied of the building.
Admont Abbey Library, Austria: - This is considered to be best library in the world. It is the largest monastery in the world. The entire design reflects the ideals and vales of the enlightenment. The ceiling is graced with beautiful Baroque styled that reflects the various stages of knowledge till the Divine Revelation.
Halmstad City Library, Sweden: - The sleek structure of Halmatad is inspired from nature itself. It has a unique open area that seems to be in harmony with the surrounding by plants. The glass roof doubles up as an eco friendly insulator.
Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA: - Ranked as the largest library in the world by number of books and shelf space, the Library of Congress in Washington DC also ranks high in attention grabbing factors. Amongst its many buildings the oldest and arguably the most beautiful structure is the Thomas Jefferson Building which has lavishly decorated interiors.
Wiblingen Abbey Library, Germany: – This is definitely one of the truly stunning and best libraries in the world. A Baroque beauty, the Wiblingen Abbey Library in Ulm, Germany was completed in 1744. The north wing of the library is renowned for its Rococo style, full of gorgeous sculptures and brightly coloured ceiling paintings.
These are our top 10 picks for the beautiful libraries in the world. If you are fond of reading books then you must visit these libraries.