10 Of The Most Impressive And Inspiring Libraries Around The World

Not a lot of people go to the library these days, especially since the internet takes care of all our problems. But with libraries like these around the world, it would be a pleasure to spend time inside one of them. This article presents some of the most beautiful and amazing libraries around the world. As you can imagine, they are all impressive, some by their size and others by the unconventional architecture and imposing interior design.

The sumptuous arched ceilings of the Strahov Theological Hall in Prague

Whether it’s huge like the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library or if it features a contemporary and unconventional architecture like Biblioteca España or the Seattle Public Library, the effect is the same: awesomeness. With so many amazing designs, it would be nearly impossible to even choose between them or even try to decide which one is the most beautiful. They are all very different, even though they are all libraries filled with books.

Biblioteca España – a place that’s far from being monotonous
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The largest building in the world reserved exclusively for the preservation of rare books and manuscripts
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The National Library of Belarus houses the third largest collection of books in Russian
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The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library has the largest inventory of publicly accessible rare books  in Canada
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The Seattle Public Library, originally built in 1890 but still spectacular
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The Black Diamond, a modern waterfront extension to the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen
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The Halmstad Library, a modern building that interacts with its historical surroundings
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The rich architecture of Real Gabinete Portugues de Leitura instantly transports you to the 19th century
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The new location of the Salt Lake City Public Library, a 100th anniversary celebration gift

Every single one of these libraries has earned its place in the top. They all have impressive structures, imposing architecture and very nicely and practically organized interiors. Every book has its place and every library has its own system. They are all so different and yet so alike. I can imagine how elaborate and complicated it must be to organize such a huge library so looks come in second place. However, these libraries are not in our list for nothing. These are buildings that manage to combine looks with functionality an in a very nice way.{picture 1, 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 and 10}