Discovering the 7 most beautiful libraries in the world

Not only do they store huge books and documents, these beautiful libraries are also impressive architectural pieces of art.


Central Library of Seattle - Washington, USA:

The library was designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and American designer Joshua Ramus. This library is one of the 150 favourite architectures in the United States voted by American Institute of Architects.


It is also an ideal venue for many art exhibitions, book exhibitions and other cultural events. The Seattle Central Library has a beautiful, modern and delicate style. Because of this unique architecture, the library draws millions of tourists each year.


Trinity College Dublin Library - Dublin, Ireland:

This is the largest and oldest library in Ireland. The Library was built in 1592 under the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The Library of Trinity College Dublin is also home to the Gospel of Kells, a collection of four Gospel texts by Matthew, Luke, Mark and John, born in the ninth century).


The oldest and most beautiful building in the library is the Reading Room. The main area of this ancient library is the Long Room, which is 70 meters long with multi-storey dark wooden shelves and semi-naked statues of great philosophers and writers.


Geisel Library, University of California - San Diego, USA:

The library is named after Theodor Geisel, the famous American author on children's stories. It is one of the most modern libraries in the world and is shaped like a spaceship.


This library was designed by architect William Pereira in 1970. This unique architecture has consistently been featured in science fiction films, short stories and novels.


TU Delft Library - The Netherlands:

The library of Delft University of Technology was built in 1997 and now houses over 862,000 books, 16,000 journals and a separate museum. The building is uniquely designed with a roof of a 5.500 m2 grass hill.


The huge library roof symbolizes technology and is considered a unique landmark. This is a remarkable and environmentally friendly architecture.


Bibliotheca Alexandrina Library - Egypt:

Bibliotheca Alexandrina took the idea from the Royal Library of Alexandria (built by Alexander the Great 2,300 years ago). The new library was reborn in 2002 on the Mediterranean coast after 10 years of design, planning and construction.


The library was designed by Norwegian architect Snohetta with a total area of 70,000 m2. Along with the regular bookshops, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina also has four museums displaying antiques, manuscripts and scientific works. There are also 15 exhibitions such as Alexandria Impression and Arabic Calligraphy.


Stuttgart City Library - Germany:

The Stuttgart Library was designed by Korean architect Eun Young Yi, a cube-shaped library inspired by the ancient Pantheon in Rome. In the middle is a common heart-shape space that is always flooded with natural sunlight.


The interior is spacious and eye-catching with books everywhere. In addition to the multitude of book titles, random stair arrangements also make the impression that these stairs not only connect the floors but also link the entire space of the library.


Admont Library - Admont, Austria:

Located in the foothills of the Alps, this beautiful library is the largest religious library in the world. The library hall was designed in classical style by architect Joseph HUEBER in 1776, which can accommodate up to 200,000 books.


The library is built on the Baroque architecture, containing ancient scientific collections. Not only impressive in architecture, the Admont Abbey library also makes many people fascinated when in the beautiful scenic area.

By: Roxana Edwards

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