7 of the World’s Most Beautiful Libraries and Where to Find Them

Libraries offer an idyllic place for study, learning, research, and leisure reading among others. While all libraries are designed to provide a space to pursue and enjoy knowledge and the written words, there are some that stand out from the rest. Here are some of the most beautiful libraries in the world and the places where you will find them.

Abbey Library of St. Gallen (Saint Gallen, Switzerland)
Abbey Library of St. Gallen
Europe is home to numerous libraries. Many of which are among the most stunning ones you can find worldwide. This list starts with one of its gems — the Abbey Library of St. Gallen. Located in Switzerland, this beautiful library is one of the oldest in the world.

Bibliothèque nationale de France – The Richelieu-Louvois Library (Paris, France)
The Richelieu-Louvois Library reading room
The Bibliothèque nationale de France or BnF serves as the National Library of France. Its vast collection is housed in two different locations one of which is at the Richelieu-Louvois Library comprised of old buildings that date back to 1868.

Clementinum (Prague, Czech Republic)
A lovely Baroque style library, Clementium or Klementinum is the National Library of the Czech Republic dating back to 1781. It houses an extensive collection of thousands of works and boasts of a breathtaking Library Hall that features a collection of rare globes.

Musashino Art University Museum & Library (Tokyo, Japan)

Designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, the Musashino Art University Museum & Library is one of the world’s largest art libraries. It is home to a collection of over 250,000 books on art and design. It features a museum, Study Floor, Book Gallery, Picture Book Gallery, Folk Art Gallery, an Image Library, and a Research Center for Art and Design.

Real Gabinete Português de Leitura (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Real Gabinete Português de Leitura
Built in neo-Manueline style, Real Gabinete Português de Leitura features intricately designed bookshelves and decor. It houses an extensive collection of Portuguese works said to be the largest outside of Portugal.

Trinity College Library (Dublin, Ireland)
Long Room Trinity College Library
The library at the Trinity College Dublin unfailingly makes it on many people’s must-see libraries in the world. Some of the library’s top attractions are the Book of Kells, 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic, the 15th-century wooden harp, the impressive barrel ceiling, and the Long Room with its marble busts.

The Royal Library (Copenhagen, Denmark)
The Royal Library
Det Kongelige Bibliotek or the Royal Library is the National Library of Denmark located in five different locations. But the most stunning of all these sites is the Black Diamond — an impressive building located along the waterfront in Copenhagen.