7 Stunning Libraries

The inner book nerd is delighted by this collection. Beautiful buildings full of beautiful books.

1. Trinity College Library in Dublin, Ireland



2. Mexico City Library


3. Stuttgart Library


4. New York Library

http://www.guiadenuevayork.com/new-york-public-library http://www.nypl.org/

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5. The Library of El Escorial in Madrid, Spain


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6. Strahov Monastery Library in Prague, Czech Republic


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7. Admont Abbey Library in Admont, Austria


25 thoughts on “7 Stunning Libraries

      1. I hear the one in Seattle is outstanding. San Antonio’s old one has this huge hanging glass art piece (from a famous artist) that was donated for their new addition with an escalator that gives you such a view of the artwork. Books, light, architecture, art, and ideas – libraries do hold the best of mankind?


  1. I was raised by librarians (my parents met while working in a library, though they both went on to other careers), so I’ve always thought libraries were magical (amazing architecture is a plus, of course, but mostly: books!). I got my first library card when I was three, and I remember going back into the stacks with my father when I was four or five.

    My mother became an art curator and historian, so she always spent a lot of time in libraries. I remember when she was doing a lot of research at the main branch of the New York Public Library and she kept seeing a man working in one of the rooms who she became convinced was Thomas Pynchon (if she was right, he was doing research for Mason & Dixon).

    I also remember my mother saying that the internet was great, but it was no substitute for a qualified research librarian. 🙂

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      1. For even more reasons than that, since my father was a writer (semi-pro). He was a humorist, and was usually working on a play or screenplay idea. I remember him at his desk, pounding away at his manual typewrier, occasionally whooping with laughter.

        It made writing seem like a really fun thing to do. 🙂

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