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
Image courtesy of Irish Welcome Tours’ Flickr
2. Bristol Central Library, England
Image courtesy of Steve Cadman’s Flickr stream
3. Codrington Library, England
4. Bibliothe?que Nationale de France, France
Image courtesy of Wikipedia user Zubro.
5. The Library of El Escorial, Spain
Image courtesy of Jose Maria Cuellar’s Flickr
6. Biblioteca Geral, University of Coimbra, Portugal
7. Handelingenkamer, Netherlands
Image courtesy of Jackie Kever’s Flickr
8. Delft University of Technology Library, Netherlands
Images courtesy of Robert Lochner’s Flickr
9. Abbey Library of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Image courtesy of Wikipedia user Stibiwiki.
10. Admont Abbey Library, Austria
11. Melk Monastery Library, Austria
12. Austrian National Library, Austria
13. Wiblingen Monastery Library, Germany
Image courtesy of volzotan’s Flickr
14. Strahov Monastery Library, Czech Republic
Images courtesy of Claudia Dias’
15. Clementinum National Library, Czech Republic
Image courtesy of Bruno Delzant’s Flickr
16. Beinecke Rare Book Library in Yale University, USA
17. Palafoxiana Library, Mexico
18. Library of Congress, USA
19. Library of Parliament, Canada
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)