The Most Beautiful Libraries to Visit
Some say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case, we have to agree. As we reach the colder months, the impetus to curl up and snuggle with a book is reaching its ultimate high. To combat the winter blues, we’ve compiled a list of the most beautiful libraries in the world.
1. Klementinum Library, Prague, Czech Republic
As one of the largest complexes in Europe, the Klementinum library is a vast compound of baroque and rococo designs. Founded in 1232, the complex is a visual timeline of the architectural evolutions it has undergone throughout time. Exquisite frescos and carvings cover the halls of the library that is most notable for its collection of historical globes and astronomical instruments
2. Stuttgart City Library, Stuttgart, Germany
Opened 6 years ago in October 2011, the Stuttgart City Library is one of the world’s newer libraries. Designed by architect Eun Young Yi, the modern layout reflects the city’s projected growth and importance. The modern building is constructed as a 9-storey cube, with access points from all four sides, creating the illusion of a grand maze. The white and well-lit space houses study rooms, a music library, and reading rooms, a perfect indoor venue to spend the day in.
3. The Richelieu-Louvois Library, Paris, France
The collections from the National Library of France or the Bibliothèque nationale de France, are split into two different locations. The Richelieu library, dating back to the 17th century, boasts an impressive repository of historical documents. The library is still undergoing further renovations including the Labrouste reading room to modernise and digitise its collections.
4. The George Peabody Library, Marlyand, USA
The George Peabody Library is part of John Hopkins University, that doubles as an event venue due to its impressive design. Containing over 300,000 volumes, it boasts a variety of subjects that include religion, British art, literature, sciences, and architecture. Designed by architect Edmund G. Lind, the neo-Greco interior is an arresting sight to behold.