55 Most Beautiful Libraries in the World


Inspired by Times Higher Education article we with help of MC2 Homework Service have compiled a list of the most beautiful libraries in the world.

We are excited to share these findings with you!

The best part: most of these libraries are open for visits, so you can check them out if you are on holidays in any of the countries these libraries are located.

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1. Trinity College Library – Ireland


Quick Facts:

  • Country: Ireland
  • Founded: 1952
  • Location: College Street, Dublin 2
  • Wikipedia article

Not only is the Trinity College Library beautiful, but it is also the largest library in Ireland and also the permanent home to the famous Book of Kells – a manuscript created by Celtic monks around the year 800. That’s not all, the library also serves as Ireland’s copyright library; any new book and periodicals must be sent to the library when they apply for copyright protection.

2. Bristol Central Library – England


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  • Country: England
  • Founded: 1906
  • Location:College Green, Bristol BS1 5TL, UK
  • Wikipedia article

This historic building found on the south side of College Green, Bristol, England was completed in 1906 by Charles Holden; the combination of its architectural styles is one of the most fascinating and unique features of this library. The front exterior architecture was built on a slope, which falls away sharply to the south; it has two basement levels, and the building has only three stories visible at the front, while the back has five visible stories. The front exterior was designed in Modern Movement styles and Tudor Revival to allow the building to harmonize with the adjoining Abbey Gatehouse. In contrast to the exterior, the interior design is mainly Neoclassical, featuring an entrance hall faced in a stunning turquoise glass mosaic, ample arches, and marble flooring.

3. Codrington Library – England


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  • Country: England
  • Founded: 1751
  • Location:All Souls College, High St, Oxford OX1 4AL, UK
  • Wikipedia article

This is an academic library in the University of Oxford completed in 1751. This masterpiece was designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor and has been used continuously by scholars since its completion. The library was renovated in the 1990s to protect the books much better and also make them easily accessible for users with some new electronic workstations and better wiring.

4. Bibliotheque Nationale De France – France


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  • Country: France
  • Founded: 1868
  • Location: Quai François Mauriac, 75706 Paris, France
  • Wikipedia article

This national library of France was completed in 1868. That time it was the largest book repository in the world. It contains over two million document, although it has lost that record. This library was rebuilt and expanded significantly after new buildings were included in housing the collection in 1988. Besides being absolutely beautiful, the library also has an extensive collection of antique coins, like the French, Roman and Greek.

5. The Library of El Escorial – Spain


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  • Country: Spain
  • Founded: 1584
  • Location: San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
  • Wikipedia article

This library is a World Heritage Site, it holds over 40, 000 volumes and it is located in the Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, the king of Spain historical residence. The library was constructed in 1584, and the project was conceived by King Philip II, he was responsible for increasing the library as well as the books originally held within. The decoration of this building was carefully coordinated with the architecture to develop a unique artistic effect; the vaulted ceilings were painted with gorgeous frescoes, each represents one of the seven liberal arts: dialectic, music, rhetoric, grammar, geometry, arithmetic and astronomy.

6. Victorian State Library – Australia


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  • Country: Australia
  • Founded: 1856
  • Location: 328 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
  • Wikipedia article

This library was created in 1856 with a collection of about 3800 books, while the popular domed reading room was opened in 1913. In 1959, copper sheets were used to cover the dome’s skylight because of water leakage; however, this structure has been renovated, giving way for natural light to fill the study room. This large library with over two million books features some fantastic rarities such as the folios of Captain James Cook, diaries of the city’s founders, and the armor of famed outlaw Ned Kelly.

7. Fisher Fine Arts Library of the University of Pennsylvania – USA


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  • Country: USA
  • Founded: 1891
  • Location: 220 S 34th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
  • Wikipedia article

This library was designed by Frank Furnes, an acclaimed Philadelphia architect. Most buildings in 1988 were designed focusing on Romanesque styles with marble and granite; however, Frank wanted the building to reflect the architectural style of the many red brick factories in Philadelphia. The building had some additions and changes years later, and most of the school’s collection was moved to a new location in 1962, and the building became a fine arts library.

8. Skywalker Ranch library – USA


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If an opportunity comes for you to access California’s Skywalker Ranch, then make your visit more interesting by checking out this library. The building is crowned with a glass dome of about 40 feet that provides natural light, allowing staff and guest of the Lucas Studios enjoy their reading.

9. Library of Congress – USA


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  • Country: USA
  • Founded: 1800
  • Location: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540, USA
  • Wikipedia article

This is the largest library on the planet, ranked by both the number of books and shelf space. The oldest among its buildings is the Thomas Jefferson Building, probably the most beautiful structure in the library. The library of Congress was completed in 1897, most intricate interiors of many buildings in the United States are featured in the building’s neoclassical style such as sculptures and murals from different classically-skilled American artists. The exterior of the building was more lavish compared to now, the exterior was originally glided, but received criticism because many believed it made people less interested in the Capitol Building. Currently, the roof is made up of old copper that has changed to a sea green shade.

10. Beinecke Rare Book Library, Yale University – USA


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  • Country: USA
  • Founded: 1963
  • Location: 121 Wall St, New Haven, CT 06511, USA
  • Wikipedia article

The exterior of this building may not be appealing to some people, but the interior is absolutely gorgeous and unique with its beautiful walls made of marble. The Beinecke Rare Book Library is currently the largest building on the planet, designed mainly to protect rare books and manuscripts such as ancient papyri, medieval manuscripts, rare maps, early American newspapers, one of the 48 known copies of the Gutenberg Bible, and more.

11. Jay Walker’s Private Library- USA


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This gorgeous wooden library features an array of historical and pop culture artifacts. It was labeled as “the most amazing library on the planet” by Wired. Besides the beauty of the labyrinthine design, etched glass, and several stories of bookshelves, it also features a collection of rarities such a Sputnik, books bound in rubies, a list of plague mortalities from 1665, and a chandelier from the movie Die Another Day. You may not want to leave when you visit this private library.

12. Harold Washington Library – USA


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  • Country: USA
  • Founded: 1991
  • Location: 400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
  • Wikipedia article

This is one of my preferred modern libraries, it combines new construction techniques with its neoclassical building style giving you a vintage look with a modern touch. The red brick base matches the glass rooftops decorated with 7 large aluminum gildings. An interesting feature of this building is that the architects drew inspiration from other popular Chicago buildings, making sure the whole structure blends with its environment.

13. Frederic Ferris Thompson Memorial Library, Vassar College – USA


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  • Country: USA
  • Founded: 1865
  • Location: 15 Main Campus Dr, Arlington, NY 12603, USA
  • Wikipedia article

This large Gothic building comprises of a central tower and three wings; the library features a collection of about one million books, 7500 periodicals, as well as a large collection of microfilm and microfiche. Not only is the main tower fascinating, but the West wing is the most famous region of this library, it has a large stained glass showing the first woman in Europe to earn a doctorate degree, Elena Cornaro Piscopia: she received her degree from the University of Padua.

14. Stephen A. Schwarzman Library – USA


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  • Country: USA
  • Founded: 1897
  • Location: 476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018, USA
  • Wikipedia article

This library is better known as the New York Public Library. The building is guarded by two stone lions know as Patience and Fortitude or Lord Astor and Lady Lenox. The interior of the building comprises of wooden shelves, grand chandeliers, and frescoed ceilings, all of these features joined together gives this library a stunning look. This library was completed in 1911 and featured about 75 miles of shelves the first time it was opened. The library was expanded in 1970 to give more room for its collection by adding an underground area that extends beneath the nearby Bryant Park.

15. Hearst Castle Gothic Study – USA


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  • Country: USA
  • Founded: 1958
  • Location: 750 Hearst Castle Road San Simeon, CA
  • Wikipedia article

Hearst Castle is one of California’s most famous buildings; however, many visitors miss the opportunity to explore the large guest library – a cozier gothic library and study located in the second story of the building. This room contributed to Hearst’s life significantly, as the newspaper magnate preferred using this room as his executive boardroom, and did most of his business here.

16. Morgan Library – USA


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  • Country: USA
  • Founded: 1966
  • Location: 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016, USA
  • Wikipedia article

This building was constructed in 1906. Originally, it was built as the personal library and museum space for the collection of manuscripts, rare books, artifacts, drawings, and prints by Pierpont Morgan. After his death, the library was open to the public by his grandson, J.P. Morgan, Jr. in 1924.

17. Armstrong-Browning Library, Baylor University – USA


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  • Country: USA
  • Founded: 1918
  • Location: 710 Speight Ave, Waco, TX 76706, USA
  • Wikipedia article

This library is the home of the largest collections of English poets Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning. Dr. Armstrong A.J. wanted to create the “most beautiful building in Texas,” and the outcome was this library, a three-story Italian Renaissance-styled structured decorated with 62 stained glass windows, intricate designs on the ceilings and large marble columns. In Justifying the cost of this building, Armstrong pointed out that the “compelling beauty” might inspire someone to the extent that “if we by that means give the world another Dante, another Shakespeare, another Browning, we shall count the cost a bargain.”

18. Boston Public Library – USA


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  • Country: USA
  • Founded: 1852
  • Location: 700 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02116
  • Wikipedia article

The Boston Public Library was the first municipal library in the United States, it was established in 1848. Before expansion, it was located initially in a small Massachusetts schoolhouse. The current building known as a “palace for the people” was completed in 1895 in Copley Square, it was designed by architect Charles Follen Mckim. The building was expanded in 1972; it contains more than 8.9 million books, musical scores, rare manuscripts, maps, and prints. It also features original music scores by Mozart, as well as the first edition folios from Shakespeare.

19. Los Angeles Central Library – USA

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  • Country: USA
  • Founded: 1872
  • Location: 630 West 5th Street; Los Angeles, California
  • Wikipedia article

The design of this library combines both old and new architecture. Its original structure was completed in 1926, and featured ancient Egyptian designs and Mediterranean Revival architecture, such as pyramids and mosaics. The building was renovated in 1993 which added a new wind featuring Modernist and Beaus-Arts design such as an eight story atrium as well as more storage space to accommodate the museum’s collection. Currently, this is the third largest public library in the United States, and is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

20. Indianapolis Public Library – USA

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This library combines both old and new architectural designs in a unique way. The original structure located in front of the complex was built in 1917, while the background consists of a large modernize addition built in 2007. The original structure was built following the Greek Doric style and it is often referred to as one of the most outstanding architectural libraries in the United States. The modernize addition features glass and wood panelling all through the building; this 6-story addition – 293,000 square foot tower – creates more reading rooms and book space.

21. Suzzallo Library, University of Washington – USA


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  • Country: USA
  • Founded: 1963
  • Location: 4000 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98195, USA
  • Wikipedia article

This Academic Gothic structure was built in 1923, it has many interesting details such as the 18 terra-cotta figures placed on the buttresses showing academic heroes like Shakespeare, Dante, Louis Pasteur, Benjamin Franklin, Plato, Sir Isaac Newton, Galileo, Charles Darwin, Leonardo da Vinci, Beethoven, and more. The interior features a series of shields depicting the coat of arms from many world-ranking universities like Oxford, Yale and Uppsala. The library has some rare items in its collection, but the most famous of them is one of the world’ largest, a photo book of Bhutan by Michael Hawley. Staff in the library turn the book pages once a month so that viewers can enjoy the work from beginning to end gradually – if they visit often.

22. Braddock Carnegie Library – USA


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  • Country: USA
  • Founded: 1888
  • Location: 419 Library St, Braddock, PA 15104, USA
  • Wikipedia article

This is the first Carnegie library in the United States, it was designed by William Halsey Wood as a heterogeneous medieval and established in 1889 in Pennsylvania. A Romanesque-styled addition was made 5 years later, increasing the size of the building. During that period, it featured varieties of entertainment options like a music hall, billiards tables on the first floor, a swimming pool and a gymnasium. Also, it also featured a bathhouse in the basement so mill staff could freshen up before visiting the library. Currently, the bathhouse has been converted into a pottery studio, but the tiled walls and floors are still the same.

23. Biblioteca Geral, University of Coimbra – Portugal


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  • Country: Portugal
  • Founded: 1723
  • Location: 3000-370 Coimbra, Portugal
  • Wikipedia article

This library consists of two buildings: the Joanina library constructed in 1725, decorated with Baroque décor and holds the library’s volume dating before 1800; and the new building constructed in 1972.

24. Abbey Library, ST. Gallen – Switzerland


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  • Country: Switzerland
  • Founded: 1767
  • Location: Klosterhof 6D, 9004 St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Wikipedia article

This Rococo-styled library is the oldest library in Switzerland and also one of the oldest and most important monastery libraries on the planet, holding more than 160,000 volumes, most of them dating back to the 8th century. The Abbey library is recognized as a World Heritage site., and many people see it as one of the perfect libraries on Earth.

25. Wiblingen Monastery Library – Germany


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  • Country: Germany
  • Founded: 1714
  • Location: Schloßstraße 38, 89079 Wiblingen, Germany
  • Wikipedia article

This library was built in 1744; the design emulated the Baroque style of the Austrian National Library. The library is completely unique and not just a cheap imitation of the original. There is an inscription outside the library reading “In quo omnes thesauri sapientiae et scientiae,” which translates to “In which are stored all treasures of knowledge and science.”

26. Handelingenkamer – Netherlands

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  • Country: Netherlands
  • Founded: 1970
  • Location: Plein 2B, 2511 CR Den Haag, Netherlands
  • Wikipedia article

The Dutch Parliament’s library has all records of parliamentary hearings and discussions. The book storage system is much safer because it was constructed before electric lighting. The structure was built with a large dome made of leaded glass in the ceiling, permitting the flow of natural light and reducing the need for gas lamps and candles inside the library.

27. Delft University of Technology Library – Netherlands


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  • Country: Netherlands
  • Founded: 1995
  • Location: Prometheusplein 1, 2628 ZC Delft, Netherlands
  • Wikipedia article

Although modern buildings are usually fascinating, their beauty cannot match more classical designs. A rare exception is the Delft University of Technology library. This modern and stunning library features a large skylight in the ceiling that transforms into a steel cone when it leaves the confines of the library, and an eco-friendly roof covered with grass.

28. Austrian National Library – Austria


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  • Country: Austria
  • Founded: 1368
  • Location: Josefsplatz 1, 1015 Wien, Austria
  • Wikipedia article

This is the largest library in Austria; it was completed in 1723 and houses more than 7.4 million items in its collection. The library is located in the Hofburg Palace in Vienna and features sculptures by Mattielli and Peter Strudel and frescoes by Daniel Gran.

29. Melk Monastery Library – Austria


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  • Country: Austria
  • Founded: 1089
  • Location: Abt-Berthold-Dietmayr-Straße 1, 3390 Melk, Austria
  • Wikipedia article

The library is within a Baroque-styled abbey designed by Jakob Prandtauer; the building was completed in 1736. The library features a world-famous collection of musical manuscripts and contains striking frescoes by Paul Troger- an artist.

30. Admont Abbey library – Austria


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  • Country: Austria
  • Founded: 1074
  • Location: Admont 1, 8911 Admont, Austria
  • Wikipedia article

This library was constructed in 1776, and it is the largest monastery library on the planet. The ceiling is decorated with paintings showing the stages of human knowledge before the Divine Revelation. The whole design reveals the values and ideas of the Enlightenment.

31. The National Library of China – China

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  • Country: China
  • Founded: 1987
  • Location: 33 Zhongguancun S St, ZiZhu Qiao, Haidian Qu, China
  • Wikipedia article

The old buildings of the National Library of China will provide you with relevant information if you want to know about China’s ancient history. This building holds lots of historical and ancient books and manuscripts – some are even inscribed on tortoise shells. The building was completed in 1987 even though the designs appear in a traditional Chinese style.

32. The Tianyi Pavilion Library – China


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  • Country: China
  • Founded: 1561
  • Location: Tianyi Street, Haizhu District, Ningbo 315000, China
  • Wikipedia article

This library is located in Ningbo city where the oldest private library in Asia is located; you should visit this location if you are looking for real traditional Chinese architecture. The library was constructed by a retired imperial minister Tianyi Pavilion in 1560; it is the third oldest private library on the planet. It has an impressive collection featuring about 300,000 ancient books comprising of handwritten titles and some woodcuts.

33. Central Library of Vancouver – Canada


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  • Country: Canada
  • Founded: 1869
  • Location: 350 West Georgia Street; Vancouver, British Columbia; V6B 6B1
  • Wikipedia article

The designs of most modern buildings are based on historical icons; however, most of these designs do not focus on the original, instead, they focus on the ruins. An exception to this is the Central Library of Vancouver. It was designed based on the Roman Coliseum; this large building features a library with 1.3 million reference materials, retail shops, a parking structure, restaurants, rooftop garden, and office buildings.

34. Library of Parliament – Canada


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  • Country: Canada
  • Founded: 1876
  • Location: 111 Wellington St, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A9, Canada
  • Wikipedia article

This library was part of the original Parliamentary headquarters of the city built in 1876. The building was under construction for 10 years before it was revealed that the builders could not create a dome roof as shown in the plans. To rectify the issue, the Tomas Fairbairn Engineering Company of England was assigned to build a pre-fabricated dome. Afterwards, the building became the first in North America to have a wrought iron roof. This unique building is so iconic, and it is currently featured on the Canadian 10$ bill.

35. Biblioteca Nacional “Miguel Obregón Lizano – Costa Rica

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  • Country: Costa Rica
  • Founded: 1888
  • Location: Paseo de Los Damas, San José, Costa Rica
  • Wikipedia article

This library is stunning, it features a large upside-down arch above a window made of glass and concrete levels sandwiching a fragile-looking glass central story. Although the building is over 40 years old, it still has a modern look. Sadly, the library is located in an area subjected to several earthquakes; thus, leading to several closures over the years.

36. Biblioteca Nacional de Chile – Chile

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  • Country: Chile
  • Founded: 1925
  • Location: Avenida Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins 651, Santiago, Chile
  • Wikipedia article

This stunning structure was completed in 1925, although it was designed in 1913. Its neoclassical design is meant to honor the country’s centenary anniversary. The building also serves as Chile’s National Archives headquarters.

37. The National Library of Brazil – Brazil


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  • Country: Brazil
  • Founded: 1810
  • Location: Av. Rio Branco, 219 – Centro, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20040-009, Brazil
  • Wikipedia article

This library is the largest Latin America library and the 7th largest library in the world. The library is located in Rio and was built in 1810. This gorgeous structure is also a copyright library, so every publisher is required to forward a copy of every book they have published since 1907. The library collection features over 9 million items with rare books and an extensive collection above 21,500 dating before 1890.

38. The Royal Portuguese Reading Room – Brazil


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  • Country: Brazil
  • Founded: 1837
  • Location: R. Luís de Camões, 30 – Centro, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20051-020, Brazil
  • Wikipedia article

This building was constructed in 1887. After Portugal, the Real Gabinete Português de Leitura in Rio de Janeiro houses more Portuguese works than any country in the world, including some rare titles. The design of this building emulates the famous Gothic-renaissance style during the Portuguese colonization of Brazil. The interior of the library features a beautiful chandelier and a gorgeous iron skylight – the first of its kind in Brazil.

39. National Library of Bhutan – Bhutan


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  • Country: Bhutan
  • Founded: 1967
  • Location: PO Box 185, Pedzoe Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
  • Wikipedia article

This library is also a Buddhist temple; it was completed in 1984 and its structured designed to integrate three aspects of Buddha and his teachings: the physical depicted by paintings and statues, the speech represented by books and printing blocks, and the heart represented by the eight small bowls found on the shrine on the first floor. The library houses about 6100 Tibetan & Bhutanese books, manuscripts & xylographs, and about 9000 printing boards and wood printing blocks. Though the library does not have a large collection, it is still one of the largest collections of Buddhist literature on the planet.

40. Grand People’s Study House – North Korea


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  • Country: North Korea
  • Founded: 1982
  • Location: Pyongyang, North Korea
  • Wikipedia article

This structure was built in honor of Kim Il-Sung’s 70th birthday in 1982, and it features about 600 amazing rooms that can hold 30 million books. It’s going to take a long time before all the shelves in this library are occupied since it is located in North Korea, although it welcomes foreign publication with special permission.

41. Beitou Library – Taiwan


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  • Country: Beitou Library – Taiwan
  • Founded: 2006
  • Location: No. 251, Guangming Road, Beitou District, Taipei City, Taiwan 112
  • Wikipedia article

This building may not be the world’s most beautiful library, but you can be
sure it will top the list of the world most modern and eco-friendly library. It features a slanted roof that collects moisture from rain and humidity and then recycles it for the garden and restrooms. To minimize the use of energy, the library also has solar panel fittings, deep-set and latticed windows.

42. Nakanoshima Library – Japan


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  • Country: Japan
  • Founded: 1904
  • Location: 1 Chome-2-10 Nakanoshima, Kita, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 530-0005, Japan
  • Wikipedia article

The Neo-Baroque design is not a Japan thing, but the Nakanoshima Library built in 1904 fits pretty well in Osaka, as the area contains several stone-walled structures with similar architecture. This stunning building features a roof dome made of copper.

43. Palafoxiana Library – Mexico


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This library was established in 1646 and is located in the city of Puebla. It was the first public library in Mexico, and many believe that this library was the first in the Americas. The library features about 41000 books and manuscripts including a collection of rare and antique titles. The library is also listed in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.

44. JOSÉ VASCONCELOS LIBRARY – Mexico


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  • Country: Mexico
  • Founded: 2006
  • Location: Mosqueta, Eje 1 Nte. S/N, Buenavista, 06350 Ciudad de México, Mexico
  • Wikipedia article

Nicknamed by the Mexican press as “mega library” this mega library covers about 409,000 square feet; thus, it is big enough to make the painted grey whale skeleton shown inside the main hallway look very small. The exterior of the library is decorated with a gorgeous botanical garden that protects the library from noise and distraction from the city. This stunning structure features over 500,000 books displayed on glass shelves hanging from the fifth stories of the library.

45. Raza Library – India


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  • Country: India
  • Founded: 1904
  • Location: Hamid Manzil Qila behind jama masjid, Rampur, Uttar Pradesh 244901, India
  • Wikipedia article

This building which was once part of a palace was completed in 1904. The library is still protected by the Indian government even though most of the royal family’s property was left to ruin; this library is one of India’s monuments under the government’s protection. The royal family began to gather works for the library as far back as 1774. The library features about 17000 rare manuscripts, 5000 miniature paintings, and 205 hand-written palm leaves in its collection.

46. David Sassoon Library – India

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  • Country: India
  • Founded: 1870
  • Location: 152, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Off David Sassoon Library Marg, Opposite Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India
  • Wikipedia article

This library is also one of the country’s monuments under government protection, and the oldest library in Mumbai; the David Sassoon Library was completed in 1870. A stunning feature of this library is the beautiful garden at the back of the library. Initially, the library and reading room were intended to be an institute dedicated to mechanics, science and technology, but lack of funds made that impossible. The Sassoon Mechanic’s Institute was renamed after its primary donor as David Sassoon Library and Reading Room.

47. EPM Library – Colombia

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  • Country: Colombia
  • Founded: 1955
  • Location: Cra. 54 ##45-44, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Wikipedia article

The EPM library was completed in 2005; this stunning structure features an interior covering an area of 107,000 foot with strikingly angled walls. The architectural design – upside-down pyramid– is amazing, the most stunning feature of this library is the odd forest of white columns situated outside the building.

48. Villanueva Public Library – Colombia


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  • Country: Colombia
  • Founded: 2006

This is one of the most famous new libraries in the country; it was constructed by people of the village using locally sourced materials. The stones and woods used were obtained from nearby rivers and forest, and the people were trained to help build the library. The design was created by four college students and it focuses on natural ventilation and lots of shades that make the interior cool and appealing. This impoverished area now has a library by adopting these cost-cutting measures.

49. Biblioteca de España – Colombia


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  • Country: Colombia
  • Founded: 2007
  • Location: Cl. 107a #Cra 33B # 107A-100, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Wikipedia article

The Parque Biblioteca España is unique; it has a stunning modern design that comprises three boulder-like structures contrary to the simple homes surrounding it. The architect designed the structure, especially its odd windows, as a way to help the impoverished community think bigger and better. According to the architect Giancarlo Mazzanti, “We wanted to take people from this poor community into another place and change their reality.”

50. Virgilio Barco Library – Colombia

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  • Country: Colombia
  • Founded: 2001
  • Location: Avenida Carrera 60 #57 – 60, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Wikipedia article

You will fall in love with this library designed by architect Rogeolio Salmona if you are a fan of modern architectural designs. The building was completed in 2001 and features red brick walls, green lawns and blue water pool. The building looks like a color maze housing a labyrinth of books inside.

51. National Library of Peru

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This building was completed in the 1940s and was formerly the National Library of Peru. The country’s National Institute of Culture declared this structure as a historical monument. The main gallery of this building features sculptures of the library’s founder, beautiful high ceilings and stairs and floors made of marble.

52. House of Peruvian Literature – Peru


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  • Country: Peru
  • Founded: 1952

You may be familiar with this building’s architecture because its design was commonly used for train stations in the 1900s. The reason the library looks like a train station is because it used to be a train station, it was converted to a library in 2009 in order to attract more citizens to read and support the country’s writers and artists. The library has over 20,000 works, most of them are written by or about native Peruvians.

53. The Library of the San Francisco Monastery – Peru


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This beautiful structure was completed in 1672, and it is one of the oldest and most beautiful structures on the planet. The building’s renovations and improvements continued till 1729. The library features about 25000 volumes including rare collections recording a large variety of information dating from the 15th to 18th centuries.

54. Clementinum National Library – Czech Republic

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  • Country: Czech Republic
  • Founded: 1622
  • Location: Klementinum 190, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia
  • Wikipedia article

This Baroque style library was founded in 1782 and owe its inception to an 11th-century chapel dedicated to Saint Clement – where it got the name from. It has served as a copyright library since 1782, and its collection features historical illustrations of Czech literature, a unique collection of Mozart’s personal effects, and special materials relating to Tycho Brache.

55. Strahov Monastery Library – Czech Republic

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  • Country: Czech Republic
  • Founded: 1143
  • Location: Strahovské nádvoří 1/132, 118 00 Praha 1, Czechia
  • Wikipedia article

This stunning structure has an impressive collection of over 200,000 volumes. It also features every important title printed in central Europe by the end of the 18th century. Another interesting feature of this library is that it has two secret passageways hidden by bookshelves and opened with a fake book, many geeks will find this interesting.