There are far worse things in life than getting lost in a library. And for bookworms, stumbling upon some of the world’s most beautiful libraries can be quite an epic experience. Bibliophile or not, here are seven the most stunning and awe-inspiring libraries and where to find them.
Abbey Library of Saint Gall (St. Gallen, Switzerland)
The Convent of St. Gall is one of the remarkable landmarks in St. Gallen. The abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. It is home to a library that boasts of a 170,000-strong collection of books, many of which can be found in its beautiful Baroque hall. The library’s aesthetics combined with its impressive collection of manuscripts, books, and other literary works make it an idyllic place for book nerds and literary fans to explore.
Admont Abbey Library (Admont, Austria)
The library of Admont Abbey holds the distinction of being the largest monastery library in the world. From beautiful cupola and ceiling frescoes, sculptures, and collection of manuscripts, this breathtaking library is a sight to behold.
General Library of University of Coimbra (Coimbra, Portugal)
Biblioteca Geral or the General Library of the University of Coimbra has two buildings one of which houses the Biblioteca Joanina (Joanina Library) which dates back to 1725. The library has three floors namely the Noble Floor, Academic Prison, and the Intermediate Floor.
Bibliotheque Nationale de France (Paris, France)
Bibliotheque Nationale de France is the National Library of France. It houses 14 million books and other works such as manuscripts, maps, a wide array of documents, and so much more. The Richelieu-Louvois Library boasts of an impressive reading room not to mention the amazing collection of literary works.
Clementinum National Library (Prague, Czech Republic)
The Clementinum is a complex consisting of different buildings that boasts of several attractions including the Astronomical Tower and the stunning Baroque Library Hall. The library features breathtaking frescoes and a collection of rare globes.
The Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination (Connecticut, USA)
Jay Walker’s Private Library or the Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination is located in Ridgefield, Connecticut. It is a beautiful wooden library teeming with artifacts. Some of its remarkable features include the stairways, “floating” platforms, and a wide selection of artworks among many others.
Wiblingen Monastery Library (Ulm, Germany)
The Wiblingen Monastery is a former Benedictine abbey. The Baroque architecture is just one of the abbey’s impressive features. The library’s gorgeous Rococo interior boasts of an intricately design gallery. Its breathtaking ceiling frescoes and statues add to the awe-inspiring aesthetics that make it one of the most stunning libraries in the world.