My top 10 dream libraries around the world

Hello bookish people! How are you? Can you feel summer’s coming??! I sure do! June was a busy month with work and since there were not a lot of days off like there were in May…it was back to that little routine. But damn I love it when the sun is shining, when the flowers are in full bloom, when the sky is clear blue.

I’m back today on the blog with a topic I wanted to talk about for a pretty long time : my top 10 dream libraries around the world. Yeah…it turns out you can judge a book by its cover or at least the library where it sits. Of course there are SO many gorgeous librairies across the globe, big ones, small ones, famous ones you can see everywhere on instagram and underrated ones we don’t even know about. So in my top 10 list, I probably missed a lot of them but well…here are some of the prettiest ones I found.

All pictures are from talented photographers on unless stated otherwise.

πŸŒͺ 10. Beitou Public Library / Taipei, Taiwan

It’s Taiwan’s first green library! Its thoughtful design saves energy as the large amount of windows allow natural light to substitute interior lighting, and ventilation reduces the need for air-conditioning. The woods that used to build the library are woods from managed forests. The roof of this building is partially covered by photovoltaic cells to converts sunlight into electricity. Beitou Library also conserves water by capturing rainfall and stored to use for the library’s toilets. All those eco-friendly features and that unique architecture totally make it to my top 10!

πŸŒͺ 9. New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building / New York, USA

This landmark Beaux-Arts building contains research collections in the humanities and social sciences plus a children’s library, home to the real Winnie-the-Pooh. It’s guarded by the world-famous marble lions Patience and Fortitude and it houses that breathtaking Rose Main Reading Room, nearly the length of a football field! It totally makes me want to study, it seems peaceful, quiet and just plain gorgeous! Did you know it was built on a reservoir? Were you aware that under the Reading Room lies 88 miles of bookshelves, on seven floors??! It’s all very fascinating!

πŸŒͺ 8. Bodleian Library, Oxford University / Oxford, England

There are actually other Bodleian libraries, about 40, that all serve the University of Oxford. Together they hold 13 million printed items! It’s the second largest library in the UK, after the British library. I got lucky enough to see that building with my own two eyes and let me tell you it is gorgeous! Known to many Oxford scholars as β€˜the Bod’, these buildings attract an ever-increasing number of visitors and students from all over the world. I can totally see myself with my backpack, going to the library to study for a big exam and ending up staring at that lovely architecture!

πŸŒͺ 7. National Library of France / Paris, France

So I’m French, I live in France, I’ve been to Paris a thousand times and I haven’t see this yet! What the hell??! I’m putting it on my list right this second! The National Library of France, or BNF for short,Β  is the national repository of all that is published in France and it holds extensive historical collections. There are actually seven sites in Paris, the main one being the library FranΓ§ois Mitterrand located on the left bank of the Seine. On the photo below, you can see the oval reading room located at the Richelieu site and I’m in awe, aren’t you? It screams French and that architecture is pretty impressive don’t you think?

Β© Vincent Desjardins

πŸŒͺ 6. Stuttgart City Library / Stuttgart, Germany

From the outside, this 9-storey building looks like a giant cube, with an edge length of 45 meters. It’s one of the biggest public libraries in the world and it sets important standards concerning culture and the availability of knowledge and education. In fact, the architects chose to express the importance of this cultural center by giving the building a grand physical presence. The interior design is geometric and well-structured. And look at all that white! It looks so pristine! It makes the books really stand out.

πŸŒͺ 5. Royal Portuguese Reading Room / Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

I’m a sucker for floor to ceiling bookshelves and I would totally be in heaven here! This little gem contains the largest collection of Portuguese texts outside of Portugal itself. The plain exterior masks the inside which is absolutely beautiful! Look at all those lavish decorations, historical settings and wooden bookcases!Β  Plus, the ceiling of the Reading Room has that gorgeous chandelier and pretty skylight. Who’s coming with me to admire it for real?

Β© Edu Mendes

πŸŒͺ 4. Zhongshuge Bookstore / Shanghai, China

I feel like I just stepped into a dream! This bookstore has a pretty gorgeous aesthetic with haphazard geometry and mirrored ceilings. Lots of people are saying that the designer got his inspiration from the movie Inception. There is this awesome section for children with vibrant colours and shelves shaped like mountains. There is also some cushioned β€˜caves’ where you can read peacefully away from the crowd. Plus, you’re promised to be dazzled by ‘infinite tunnels’ and Alice In Wonderland themes! Okay…I’m moving in!

Β© Shao Feng

πŸŒͺ 3. Central Library / Vancouver, Canada

This library, the third-largest public library in Canada, has more than 6.9 million visits. Its nine-story rectangular box, which is resembling the Colosseum in Rome, is surrounded by a colonnaded wall featuring reading and study areas that you access by bridges. The floor to ceiling windows offer natural light and an almost 360 degree view of the surrounding city. And you know what? Β There is a greenroof at the top of the building! Isn’t that amazing?

πŸŒͺ 2. Geelong Library And Heritage Centre / Victoria, Australia

Constructed with 322 panels of glass reinforced concrete, this library is better known as ‘the Dome’ or even ‘the Brain’. It’s modern, contemporary and near-futuristic, I love it! There is this brilliantly red third floor (walls, furniture, ALL IN RED!), which is dedicated to history and is one of the more striking examples of the libraries’ devotion to showcasing both a digital and physical collection. Spread over six levels, you can catch a pretty awesome view from the open-air balcony at the very top.

Β© John Gollings

πŸŒͺ 1. Old Library, Trinity College Library / Dublin, Ireland

And my number one is…this beauty!! I’ve visited this one with my sister and let me tell you it’s jaw-dropping! The photo below is displaying what it’s called ‘The Long Room’ which is 65-metre-long and houses 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books in oak bookcases. Stepping into this room is like walking into a movie set. Actually, sci-fi fans may recognize the room’s resemblance to the Jedi Archives from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Plus, it smells like books…I promise you, it’s true!

What did you think of my choices? In your opinion, what are some of the most beautiful libraries or bookstores across the globe? Ever visited one?

Would you like to take a world tour and visit every single one of them? What are the things you enjoy the most in a library?

Let’s chat in comments πŸ’¬





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102 thoughts on “My top 10 dream libraries around the world

  1. All of the libraries/bookstores are gorgeous! I wouldn’t mind making a trip to just visit the library! Your post just convinced me to go to either Taiwan/China for my next trip lol

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  2. I agree with you about the library at Trinity College!! I was lucky enough to be able to see it in person too and it is TOTALLY GORGEOUS ❀ (and really does smell like books). Honestly, now I want to go and visit every other library you put on this list! Great post! πŸ™‚

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  3. These were all so gorgeous! I never really thought about how there are famous libraries but now your post makes me want to visit all of them. They all look so cool, I hope you get to go to each of them in person one day, especially the Paris one since it’s so close. πŸ™‚

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    1. Aren’t they?! 😍😍 Aww, thank you so so much, that’s sweet of you to say! I really want to visit every single one, I guess I need to start with the closest ones 😊 Hope you’ll get to see them too 😘😘

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  4. I’m definitely flying up to Taiwan and driving up to New York for these library, they are the most gorgeous libraries I have ever seen!! Now I really want to travel to see them… I’m convinced! πŸ˜‚

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    1. Wow! Being the library lover that I am, I highly enjoyed this list πŸ™‚ Trinity College Library has always been on my bookish bucket list, but it looks like I have many more to add. I particularly want to see Beitou Public Library and Geelong Library And Heritage Centre. Absolutely stunning! I think it is going to be more feasible to see the NY library though because I live in the U.S. lol BUT hopefully I’ll make it to one of these other libraries some day!

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      1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it 😁😁 They all look so gorgeous, I want to see them all 😍😍 Haha, can start by this one and then you’ll get to the others πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by 😘😘


  5. I’m worse than you, I’m French, I live in France, 10 minutes away from Paris, and I’ve never been to BFN!!! Dublin, Tapei and Brazil are my favourites. Thank you for this lovely article

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    1. Yaay, I’m not the only one haha πŸ˜‚ Next time, I’m traveling to Paris, I’m going! 😁 They are SO pretty 😍 Thank you so much, glad you liked it 😊

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  6. I’ve actually been to the New York Public Library you mentioned! Considering I’ve lived in New York all my life it took me a ridiculously long time to visit! And so many of these libraries have me itching to travel and visit them! Especially Stuttgart City Library and Central Library! The architecture of both libraries just sounds amazing to me!

    One of my favorite things about going to new places is going to the libraries and book stores in that area! When I visited Seattle with my friend a few years ago we made sure to visit the library there, plus we’d stop into every bookstore we passed whenever we were walking anywhere! It ended up being one of the best parts of the trip because of all the unexpectedly amazing places we discovered!

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    1. Aaah you’re so lucky!! 😊 Haha, I feel like we don’t visit enough sites close to home! There are such gorgeous things right next door, I don’t know why we feel like we need to travel really far away. Yeees, they are so pretty! I really want to visit them now 😍😍 Wow, tha’s amazing!! You must discover such stunning places! I do love to visit bookstores when I’m traveling especially since in France we don’t have many english bookstores so when I’m going to England for example it’s like heaven for me haha πŸ™ˆ Thanks for stopping by 😘😘

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  7. My heart β™₯ These are gorgeous. I’ve seen pics of the one in Germany and it looks so pristine I love it. I hadn’t heard about the one in Canada but now I’m officially in love.

    One library I’d one day like to visit is El Ateneo, in Argentina. I’ve heard it’s stunning.

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    1. Aren’t they?? 😍😍 Pristine! That’s exactly the word! Same here, I wanna marry them all πŸ™ˆ Oh, I haven’t heard of this one! Just googled it and oh my god…it’s gorgeous 😍

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  8. I have the biggest heart-eyes right now from looking at all of these beautiful libraries. They’re all gorgeous!! I’ve been to two of them – the New York Public Library and the Bodleian Library in Oxford (did you know that’s the place they used to film the Hogwarts library?) – but I want to see them ALL! I can’t even pick a favorite! Though that one in Rio de Janeiro looks absolutely breathtaking…

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    1. Aren’t they?? They are all so pretty, I want to marry them all 😍😍 Awesome, you’re so lucky!! Yeeees, the huge Harry Potter fan that I am knew that πŸ‘€ I totally should have mentionned it in my post! Totally breathtaking, that’s the word 😊


  9. Oh my word, this post is pure beauty. And makes my heart ache to go traveling and visit more libraries. Seriously, i can’t wait to one day see the library in Dublin, Paris and Oxford. They’re all so gorgeous and I think I could actually spend several days in all of these libraries.

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    1. Awww, thank you so so much for your kind words ☺️I’m so happy you enjoyed it πŸ₯° Haha, same here! I wouldn’t mind being locked inside πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚


  10. I absolutely love the ones in Taiwan, Germany and Brazil 😍 In Portugal we have Lello – but that’s a store, not a library, unfortunately – and the Library of the Palace of Mafra, that is, very sadly, not accessible to the public (you could only see it from the entrance) 😭😭

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    1. They are all so pretty 😍😍 Oh my…just googled the Lello one and it looks gorgeous!! 😍 Oh that’s too bad, it also seems so stunning! 😭

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      1. JK Rowling was inspired by Lello so it’s quite the tourist trap in my city πŸ˜… I remember my grandma taking me there when I was little and it was empty but now πŸ€” The Palace of Mafra is very beautiful indeed πŸ’›

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    1. Same here!! 😍😍 You’re so lucky, it looks pristine! Didn’t know about this one, adding it to my list right now 😏 Thank you so much 😘😘


  11. That is such a nice post! There are so many wonderful libraries in the world, it’s lovely to discover them β™₯ I also visited the library in Dublin, it was an absolute dream. I literally had heart eyes when I went there, I couldn’t believe it. And really, being french, I should also go to the library in Paris, I had no idea how beautiful it was!

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    1. Thank you so much! 😊 Yeees, I wish we could visit them all 😍 Same here!! I totally fell in love 😍😍 Yeah, I didn’t know about the one in Paris! There are such pretty things right next door, I should be more attentive haha πŸ˜…

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  12. OMG!! The Geelong library was my library before I moved back to Canberra!! I was literally donating books there 4 weeks ago!! It’s such an amazing building, and the inside has this gorgeous geometric pattern up the internal stairs as well. I imagine it’s what living inside a beehive is kind of like!! And yes, the viewing platform on L5 is beautiful!!

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  13. Awesome post, Nyx! I have been to the New York Public Library, and it did not disappoint! I even got a temporary library card, which I could only use for a few months online, but it was still very cool!

    I’ve also visited the library at Trinity College, and I loved it so much! I think I spent hours in there, and it was truly an experience. I wish I could visit all of these – it’s a dream of mine to visit as many major libraries as I can!

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    1. Thank you, I’m so happy you liked it 😊 That’s awesome, you’re so lucky!! The library at Trinity College is really something 😍😍 Same here, I wish I could see them all! Thanks for stopping by 😘

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  14. this was such a great and unique post! it truly made me want to transport myself to all of these libraries. there aren’t a lot of libraries around where i live, so i feel like i’d be pretty overwhelmed to walk into any of them, hahah.
    i have actually visited the one in rio de janeiro that you’ve mentioned and it is indeed gorgeous! however, besides taking pictures, i didn’t have much time to explore all the shelves, and i do believe you’d need a library card to do so anyway, but it is a gorgeous place to visit, since the original portuguese architecture is stunning!
    the one in ireland looks like for real something out of harry potter, hahah. it’s stunning!
    the one in stuttgart is probably the most impressive one. when i think of libraries, i typically think of really old architecture, brown shelves and dusty books, but that one looks so clean & modern. i’d probably think it was an alternative bookstore if i hadn’t seen the title!

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    1. Aww thank you, I’m so happy you liked it 😊 Well…I think any library is pretty much heaven so πŸ™ˆπŸ˜ That’s awesome, you’re so lucky!! I hope I’ll get the chance to see it one day 😊 Haha, yeeees! It totally got Harry Potter vibes 😍😍 Maybe that’s why I liked it so much 😁 I totally agree with you! The one is Stuttgart is so modern and pristine, it doesn’t look like any library I’ve ever seen 😊

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  15. Ok well this is my fave post ever!! I’ve actually joked that when I get married, I’m gonna do a tour of the world’s most beautiful libraries & bookstores for my honeymoon πŸ˜‚ And I’m so upset I didn’t know about the Geelong library – I just came back from a trip to Victoria 😭

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    1. Awww, thank you that’s so sweet! It makes me so happy πŸ₯° Wow, that’s awesome! I would LOVE to do that 😁 Oh no, that’s too bad! Well…you’ve got one reason to go back one day πŸ˜‰

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  16. These. Are. Amazing. I honestly can’t decide which one I love the most! I would absolutely kill to visit ANY of them, because wowwww. Okay I narrowed down my top 3, it’s the best I can do: Rio, Shanghai, and Germany. Those are my favorites so now I do a get a free trip? Is that not how this blog post works? SAD.

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  17. Oh wow, these look amazing! I think my favourites are the ones in New York and Brazil judging from those pictures but they all sound fascinating. I love the design of the Canadian one and the fact that it has bridges to access it. Plus I think I’ve probably seen the Oxford one on TV. Fantastic post (: Madison’s Inkwell did one too on libraries a while back, if you wanted to see a few more ever.

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    1. They all look so pretty! It’s so hard to choose a favorite! 😍😍 Thank you so so much, I’m happy you enjoyed it 😊 Oh, thanks I’m going to check it out! You can never get too many beautiful librairies 😁

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      1. I agree. If I ever got to see them in person I’d probably be starstruck. I hadn’t really considered looking them up before but I should definitely make the time to sometime as there are some truly amazing libraries out there. And you’re right, you can never get too many of them.

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