The World’s 11 Most Amazing Libraries

If you never liked reading, you will now

Admont Abbey Library, Austria
03 Dec 2015

Admont Abbey Library, Austria

Located within the Benedictine monastery in Admont Abbey, this is the largest monastery library in the world. With ornate architecture and furnishings, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported into the Renaissance era once you step in.

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Luckenwalde Library, Germany
03 Dec 2015

Luckenwalde Library, Germany

The Luckenwalde Library takes the cake for the world’s most glam library. Hard to tell this space used to be an old railway station, huh?

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TU Delft Library, Netherlands
03 Dec 2015

TU Delft Library, Netherlands

If our school libraries were as beautiful as this one situated in the Delft University of Technology, we’d have spent a lot more time studying. In case you’re wondering, the cone-shaped structure jutting out from the building does serve a purpose. It’s a source of ventilation and light, and houses cosy reading rooms.

Photo: Delft University of Technology

Vatican Library, Vatican City
03 Dec 2015

Vatican Library, Vatican City

Built in 1475, the Vatican Library is one of the world’s oldest. It has over 1.1 million books dating back hundreds of years and the oldest original complete manuscript of the Bible. Sadly, only researchers with a justified purpose can visit.

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Villanueva Public Library, Colombia
03 Dec 2015

Villanueva Public Library, Colombia

Behind the Villanueva Public Library’s stunning architecture is a great cause. Because of the country’s political and economic strife, many in Colombia don’t have the opportunity to receive higher education. The construction (by local workers using local materials) and opening of this library provided both job opportunities and access to education for the public.

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Beitou Public Library, Taiwan
03 Dec 2015

Beitou Public Library, Taiwan

If you’re going to be in Taipei anytime soon, you have to check out this library in the district of Beitou. The warm, inviting space is surrounded by lush greenery, making it the perfect place to sit back and chill with a book.

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Geisel Library, US
03 Dec 2015

Geisel Library, US

With its unique, almost futuristic design (can you tell this was built in the 1960s?), the Geisel Library at the University of California has served as a backdrop in numerous films, TV shows and books, including Mission Impossible. Fun fact: The library only has levels 1, 2 and 4 to 8, resulting in plenty of urban legends regarding the missing third floor.

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National Library of Belarus, Belarus
03 Dec 2015

National Library of Belarus, Belarus

Not quite an octagon, not really a pentagon, this quirky geometric library in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, is actually shaped after a rhomicuboctahedron. By night, it could pass off as a super hip club as multi-coloured LED lights light up its facade.

Photo: National Library of Belarus

Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum Library, Japan
03 Dec 2015

Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum Library, Japan

Designed by renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando, this library in Osaka serves as a memorial for revered author Shiba Ryotaro, who passed away in 1996. It houses his collection of over 20,000 books and is built next to his home. According to the website, you’re supposed to “sit on the chair, look up at the wall of books and feel the author’s spirit”. Kinda creepy but cool.

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Malatesta Novello Library, Italy
03 Dec 2015

Malatesta Novello Library, Italy

Since its completion in 1452, the Malatesta Novello is the only historical library in the world with almost all of its original structure and furnishings. No borrowing here — all its handwritten tomes are chained to the desks so you can only read on site.


Kansas City Central Library, US
03 Dec 2015

Kansas City Central Library, US

You’d never mistake the Kansas City Central Library in Missouri for anything else besides a library. Its parking garage is made to look like a bookshelf stacked with titles like Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

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Think the printed word is dying? Well, think again. From 500-year-old monuments to hip spaces, these libraries from around the world prove they still have a place in the digital age - and will maybe even make you feel like picking up a book again.

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