Libraries around the world are top tourist attractions due to their beautiful architecture, interesting histories and abundance of books.
From the most modern library to the oldest, each library has a story to tell.
Many of the libraries offer spectacular architecture wherever you go in the world, but it’s what you find inside that makes all the difference.
Some of these libraries have the most spectacular interiors complete with statues, artwork, wood and the smell of books.
Vennesla Library and Culture House, Norway
This elegantly designed library showcases dynamic architecture. This library is simply spectacular using timber ribs and plenty of curves making it a very appealing building.
Inside is even more impressive as the roof curves to form the book cases. The architecture flows from inside and out to create one of the most incredible libraries in the world.
Stuttgart City Library, Germany
This very modern library opened its doors for the first time in 2011. The cubed building is made from grey concrete with plenty of frosted glass blocks. Inside is awe inspiring with a white modern interior and three storey gallery hall with central reading gallery.
This library has a glass roof and is ultra-modern in design, making it one of the most incredible libraries in the world
The Los Angeles Central Library, USA
This is one of the largest public libraries in the world and has been open to the public since 1926. This library combines Egyptian and Mediterranean architecture and inside is filled with mosaics, statues and impressive murals.
The library is home to over six million books, making it an absolute must to visit when in the area.
University Club Library, New York
This library belongs to the University Club, a premier social club in New York. The spectacular interior of the library makes this one of the most incredible in the world with its domed roof.
The building isn’t overly spectacular made from stone and housing the social club and many other amenities, the library is just one of the amenities they offer their members.
Admont Abbey Library, Austria
Soaked in history, a spectacular building with volumes of manuscripts, Admont Abbey Library is a must to see when visiting Austria. This is the largest monastic library in the world.
The Baroque architecture is stunning showcasing this 1776 library. Inside you’ll find over seventy thousand volumes including over one thousand manuscripts to explore.
The monastery is still open today, but the library has become a showpiece in the area attracting thousands of tourists through its doors each and every year.
This is only the top five in a very long list of incredible libraries. Almost every city in the world is home to a public library, each one unique in their own way making their stamp on the history of the city. Be sure to stop in and visit them when you’re in the area to see what makes that library so special.
Ben Shacklewell is an avid writer and bookworm who scribes for online printer cartridge shop, Printer Inks.