19 Of The Most Majestic Libraries In The World

A physical location that houses thousands of collections of sources of information (that isn’t the internet) is really quite the place.

Mark Twain once said, “In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.”

With that said, for a place that houses such wisdom, imagination, and information, why wouldn’t it look — and feel–  like anything other than spectacular? Here are 19 of most beautiful libraries from around to world.

1. Trinity College Library, Ireland

1Image courtesy of Irish Welcome Tours’ Flickr

2. Bristol Central Library, England

2Image courtesy of Steve Cadman’s Flickr stream

3. Codrington Library, England


3aImages courtesy of Miguel Bernas’ and Beth Hoffman’s Flickr

4. Bibliothe?que Nationale de France, France

4Image courtesy of Wikipedia user Zubro.

5. The Library of El Escorial, Spain

5Image courtesy of Jose Maria Cuellar’s Flickr

6. Biblioteca Geral, University of Coimbra, Portugal



Images courtesy of Taco Ekkel’s and Mick L’s Flickr

7. Handelingenkamer, Netherlands

7Image courtesy of Jackie Kever’s Flickr

8. Delft University of Technology Library, Netherlands

8Images courtesy of Robert Lochner’s Flickr

9. Abbey Library of St. Gallen, Switzerland

9Image courtesy of Wikipedia user Stibiwiki.

10. Admont Abbey Library, Austria


11. Melk Monastery Library, Austria


12. Austrian National Library, Austria


12AImages courtesy of Craig Elliot’s and Jessica Curtin’s Flickr streams.

13. Wiblingen Monastery Library, Germany

13Image courtesy of volzotan’s Flickr

14. Strahov Monastery Library, Czech Republic

14Images courtesy of Claudia Dias’

15. Clementinum National Library, Czech Republic

15Image courtesy of Bruno Delzant’s Flickr

16. Beinecke Rare Book Library in Yale University, USA


800px-Yale_Universitys_Beinecke_Rare_Book_and_Manuscript_Library-565x363Images courtesy of Henry Trotter and Lauren Manning.

17. Palafoxiana Library, Mexico


4162182212_148a3a717c_z-565x376Images courtesy of Carlos Enrique Lopez C’s and David Cabrera’s Flickr

18. Library of Congress, USA


3523912655_f6c7dccd04_z-565x422Images courtesy of NCinDC’s and BamaLawDog’s Flickr streams.

19. Library of Parliament, Canada



Images courtesy of Wikipedia users Wladyslaw and Alejandro Erickson.

Doesn’t it make you want to get lost in a good book? If you liked these, you might want to check out this list of the most beautiful hotels from around the world. Don’t forget to give this post a thumbs up and a share with your friends on Facebook before you go. For more stories, subscribe to our free e-mail list. (h/t Mental Floss)