Since learning how to read as a child, I’ve been obsessed with books. Even in the day and age of Kindles and iPads, nothing compares to being able to hold a real paperback in your hand. When other girls wanted to go to the mall and shop, I was begging my mom to take me to the library so I could hunt for something new to read. Even now as an adult, I try and check out a library or two whenever I’m traveling to a new city. Now that I’m scheduling a few international trips this year, I’ve been researching libraries in cities around the world. Here are 6 of the most stunning libraries I’ve come across so far.

1. University Library UBU Ultrecht

Located in the Netherlands, what makes this library so beautiful is it’s ability to be incredible dark in color while still exuding a level of warmth and lightness. The glass panels are covered in etchings of papyrus plants. They deflect light from coming in and damaging the books, while still looking like a work of art.

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2. The Baroque Library of the Admont Benedictine Monastery- Admont Austria

The library was built in 1776 and is the largest monastic library in the world. The ceilings, painted by Bartolomeo Altmonte, show the levels of human knowledge. In addition to the library, the monastery also contains several museums.

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3. Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de la Sorbonne- Paris

When I saw pictures of this library, it took my breath away. The amount of sunlight that comes in is breathtaking. The details in the pattern on the wall are beautiful.  

Photo Source: Frank Bohbot

4. The University of Coimbra General Library- Coimbra, Portugal

Dating back to the early 1500’s, the Coimbra General Library is truly a masterpiece. This baroque library, goes above and beyond when it comes to preserving their books. The walls are two feet thick and the bookcases are made of oakwood- a natural repellent to insects.

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5. The Free University Philology Library- Berlin, Germany  

Circular in shape, The Philology Library was designed with students in mind. The architects wanted to make it a center where students could study comfortably. They decided on the round shape to ensure that the library is full of natural light. 

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6. The Royal Portuguese Reading Room- Rio De Janiero, Brazil 

Surrounded on all three sides by three stories of books, The Royal Portuguese Reading Room is a book-lover’s dream. A library started by Portuguese immigrants who were homesick, this library now houses over 350,000 books. 

Photo Source: Good Reads

I’d love to see all these libraries in the next two years and of course when I do, I’ll share my experience with you! What libraries would you like to see around the world? Are there any I should add to the list?

  • Louise O’Brien

    I love libraries and these just look amazing I am so pleased to have seen the Austrian one. How stunning thanks for sharing X

  • Healthy & Psyched

    Number 4 is just gorgeous!! The library at my old uni in Nottingham was quite a funny building.

    • I love this! What’s the name of your old university? I’ll have to look it up.

      • Healthy & Psyched

        It was the Uni of Nottingham, Jubilee campus. I don’t think it’s worth a special visit though. Bit run down inside!

  • Some of those buildings look amazing and bet the books they look after are even better. My daughter is a book worm I never really got into it but do like a good book on holiday. Hope you get to see them all in person and they are as amazing as they look in the pictures x

  • Oh I love libraries so much! I would love to visit The Baroque Library. Our new Central Library in Liverpool is pretty awesome too!

  • Baby Isabella

    Woweee! Love the modern ones! We’re ashamed to say we’ve yet to visit any of these!

  • fashion-mommy

    The Baroque library is so beautiful, such an inspiring building.

  • Oh wow that library in Austria is just beautiful! I’d love to go and visit it x

  • Louise Smith

    Oh wow, how beautiful is every single one of these libraries?! If I could only visit one though it would have to be The Baroque Library of the Admont Benedictine Monastery. It reminds me of the library in ‘Beauty & the Beast’ 🙂

    Louise x

  • I used to live in Utrecht for a while and have seen this library in person… it is truly stunning.

  • Natasha Mairs

    Wow these are all stunning!! The round one in Germany looks amazing and very futuristic

  • oh my g! Never knew that Brazil has an amazing library too! I love all of them! Hopefully I can visit all of those beautiful libraries!

  • Beautyqueenuk

    They are all just stunning but especially The Baroque Library of the Admont Benedictine Monastery- Admont Austria x

  • Anisa Alhilali

    These are beautiful, what about the Long Room at Trinity College in Dublin.

  • I loved this post so much! Each library is so unique and absolutely breathtaking! I want to visit the one in Netherlands!

  • oh wow these libraries looks amazing!! I must visit them all one day

  • Lauren Cocking

    This is so great and makes me want to just spend all day reading! You DEFINITELY need to add Biblioteca Vasconcelos, CDMX to your list though 🙂

  • I love libraries! My favorite is actually in Baltimore – such a beautiful collection of rare books there in the Peabody Library. These libraries are all amazing too!

  • Travels of a Bookpacker

    Great collection. Always great to combine travel and books!The Trinity College Library in Dublin and The Bologna University Library are both great too.

  • The Baroque library in Austria is my favorite of the ones you have listed, it is breathtaking! I also think #3, #4 and #6 are beautiful.

  • Amanda-Jaied Wathern

    Libraries are some of the most beautiful things in the world to me. Whether they look amazing or not haha. The one in the Sorbonne is a particular dream visit of mine it looks outstanding and I can only imagine the books that it houses! xx

  • Wow that one in Paris looks stunning, I’m going back there twice this year so I’ll definitely need to check it out x

    • Please share it with us on your blog if you get a chance to go!

  • Catherine Hooper

    Wow so beautiful and unique-love libraries. Where we live in the North East we have a new cool library in South Shields called the Word. i was so pleased that the council invested money in a new library that looks architecturally amazing!!

  • LaaLaa

    So many beauties, #2 & #3 would be my favourite and probably #6 I’d love a floor to ceiling bookcase surrounding me. Gorgeous.

  • Joanna McCaffrey

    I love the Berlin library! I wish my Uni library was like that…
    I love books too, though it never crossed my mind to visit libraries in countries I am visiting. I might just start doing it 🙂 Thanks for the idea!

  • Jodie Whitham

    I love reading but in honesty i’m not a library fan. The being quiet makes me nervous lol I do love the design of 1 and 2 though x

    • Haha I get what you mean Jodie. I think a library is the only place I don’t mind silence.

  • Sarah L

    Gosh, they’re all so beautiful and unique! Being the huge book lover that I am, I’d love to visit them all (and more besides, haha!) Love the look of the The University of Coimbra General Library! The library in Brazil looks stunning and ever so pretty! xx

    • It’s amazing how different they all are and yet so stunning!

  • WOW, absolutely breath-taking! Would love to read a book and chill in one of those!

  • Nazy Nazy

    Wowww I loveee libraries and books … The German and Brazil one looks them <3

    • I’m glad you like my post!

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