10 of the Coolest Libraries Around the World

Here is a list of 10 incredible libraries around the world you’ll want to nerd-out at.

1. Old Library, Trinity College – Dublin, Ireland

Trover photo by Tiffany Lynn

Trover photo by Tiffany Lynn

The Old Library at Trinity College in Dublin is a world famous work of art that attracts a ton tourists to its doors every year. It’s been around since the 16th Century and is the largest library in Ireland with over 6 million volumes contained in its walls.

2. Biblioteca Vasconcelos – México City, México

Trover photo by Sergio Camalich

Trover photo by Sergio Camalich

This interesting library was designed by Mexican architect Alberto Kalach and is sometimes called the ‘megabiblioteca‘ or Mega Library. This impressive structure was built to honor a former president of the National Library of Mexico was actually recently reopened in 2008 after a 22-month period of eliminating construction defects.

3. New York Public Library – NYC, U.S.A.

Trover photo by Jeremy Foster

Trover Photo by Jeremy Foster aka travelFREAK

This beautiful public library in the heart of New York City boasts a mammoth collection of over 53 million items and is the third largest public library in the world. Established in 1895, today it serves over 18 million people a year!

4. State Library of Victoria – Melbourne, Australia

Trover photo by George Freeman

Trover photo by George Freeman

Pictured above is the La Trobe Reading Room in the State Library of Victoria. This public library is situated in the cultural city of Melbourne, Australia. Not only is it a picturesque place to get some study done but it can also be used for large functions, photo shoots, or film clips–it’s been done before!

5. Rijksmuseum Research Library – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Photo credit: Panoramio

Photo credit: Panoramio

Renovated in 2004, The Rijksmuseum Research Library is the largest public art history research library in The Netherlands. It was established in 1885 and allows visitors to enter its door and peruse the 400,000 volumes it contains. However, external visitors cannot borrow the books so you’ll have to do your research inside. With an interior like that though…I don’t think anyone will be complaining about having to spend more time in this library!

6. TU Delft Library – Delft, Netherlands

Trover photo by Jw

Trover photo by Jw

The TU Delft library is an architectural masterpiece that you should stop by if you happen to be in Delft. The largest technical scientific library in the Netherlands, this interesting building offers guided tours so you can understand its grandeur and genius on a deeper level. There’s also a coffee corner where you can get refueled!

7. Library of Parliament – Ottawa, Canada

Trover photo by The Curious Zephyr

Trover photo by The Curious Zephyr

Found in Canada’s capital, this gorgeous, classy library has inhabited parliament grounds since 1876. The main reading room is especially popular with its ornate shelves and railings, vaulted ceiling, and marble busts of British royalty. Besides being aesthetically pleasing, this library holds of a wealth of information with over 600,000 items and is the main informational resource for the Canadian parliament.

8. Library at Schloss Leopoldskron – Salzburg, Austria

Trover photo by Fen

Trover photo by Fen

This library garners a lot of its coolness from the fact that it is the library inside Schloss Leopoldskron–the Von Trapp’s house from the Sound of Music. Although it’s debatable whether the insides of this grand house were used in the film, the antiquated beauty of this little corner of the house is undeniable.

9. Macau Central Library – Macau

Trover photo by Luke Lienau

Trover photo by Luke Lienau

A library that comes to you? Yeah, we think that’s pretty awesome. This cute truck-library is brought to you by the Macau civil service and contains books in 3 languages on a bunch of different topics including travel!

10. Real Gabinete Português de Leitura – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Trover photo by Hipermovil

Trover photo by Hipermovil

Situated in downtown Rio, this gem is absolutely worth a detour. There is also no entrance free! This Neo-Manueline Portuguese-style library was built in 1837 and contains about 350,000 works dating back to the 16th, 17th, and 18th century. The sight of the interior filled with incredibly ornate pillars, arches, and entrance doors is basically priceless.


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