Top 10 Most Beautiful Libraries in the World

In honor of International Literacy Day, which was last Saturday, September 8, I’m writing a post on the world’s most beautiful libraries because I’m convinced that children (and adults) everywhere are just one great book away from being fans of reading. That book that speaks to them is like a key opening a door into untold worlds. The only difficulty is finding that key. But if anything can inspire future readers, surely one of these beautiful libraries would do it.

Yes, I do tend towards the old, grand architecture (no modern libraries for me). If the library from the Disney Beauty and the Beast existed, that would totally be on my list. So, in no particular order:

  1. Wiblingen Monastery Library in Ulm, Germany

    Wiblingen Monastery Library
    (Zairon / Wikimedia Commons)
  2. Admont Abbey Library in Admont, Austria

    Admont Abbey Library
    (Jorge Royan / Wikimedia Commons)
  3. Vatican Library in the Vatican City

    Vatican city library
    (Maus-Trauden / Wikimedia Commons)
  4. Sainte-Geneviève Library in Paris, France

    Sainte-Geneviève Library
    (Marie-Lan Nguyen Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 France license / Wikimedia Commons)
  5. Abbey Library of Saint Gall in St. Gallen, Switzerland

    Abbey Library of Saint Gall
    (Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen / Wikimedia Commons)
  6. Bodleian Library of Oxford University in Oxford, England

    Bodleian Library
    (Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0 / Wikimedia Commons)
  7. Trinity College Library in Dublin, Ireland

    Trinity college library
    (Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0 / Wikimedia Commons)
  8. George Peabody Library in Baltimore, Maryland

    george peabody library
    (Bestbudbrian / Wikimedia Commons)
  9. Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

    (Carol M. Highsmith / Wikimedia Commons)
  10. New York Public Library in New York, New York
    New York Public Library
    (Alex Proimos / Wikimedia Commons)

    Have you been to any of these libraries? What are your favorites?

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