Libraries of the world so magnificent they’ll take your breath away

Libraries have long stood as the greatest symbol of our intellectual development. Many have been built on a grand scale, their creators sparing no expense. Despite the passage of time, some of these great public buildings still have the power to astound. In fact, there are very few modern libraries which have the ability to match these older ‘temples of knowledge’.

Here are 25 of the most surprising, astounding, incredible and beautiful libraries around the world.


The National Library of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic


Admont Abbey Library, Admont, Austria


Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland


The Royal Portuguese Library, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


George Peabody Library, Baltimore, USA


The St. Florian Monastery Library, Linz-Land District, Austria


The National Library of France, Paris, France


The National Library of the Netherlands, The Hague, Netherlands


Austrian National Library, Vienna, Austria


The Joanina Library, Coimbra, Portugal


Stuttgart Municipal Library, Stuttgart, Germany


University of Iowa Law Library, Des Moines, USA


Science Library, Görlitz, Germany


The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, New Haven, USA


French Senate Library, Paris, France


The New York Public Library, New York, USA


Walker Library, Minneapolis, USA


Vennesla Library, Vennesla, Norway


Mazarine Library, Paris, France


Library of St. John’s College, Cambridge, Britain


The Library of Congress, Washington, USA


Library of the Technical University, Iassi, Romania


Library of Sárospatak Reformed College, Sárospatak, Hungary


The National Library of China, Beijing


Source: boredpanda

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