Most Beautiful Libraries Around the World and Where to Find Them

 – Most Beautiful Libraries –

Most libraries are beautiful and serene enough to give you a good and conducive environment. However, there are some that are super sure to take your breath away. 

In this post, we’ve compiled a list of the most beautiful libraries. Also, these architectural marvels not only look stunning, but they also store many of history’s most important manuscripts. Continue reading to find out.

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1. Library of St. Mang’s Abbey (Germany)

While little of the original library materials remain in St. Mang’s Abbey in Füssen, Germany, the interior architecture is impressive enough to warrant a visit.

The ornately decorated oval room, which is filled with exquisite frescos and has a view of the monks’ dining area, is still lined with books.

However, St. Mang’s Abbey was previously a monastery.  But in the early 1700s, when the Counter-Reformation movement saw many Catholic churches convert to Protestantism throughout Europe, it was turned into a Baroque-style church.

After the abbey was taken over by the princes of Oettingen-Wallerstein following the Napoleonic wars, the library’s original collection of volumes and manuscripts was removed in the early 1800s.

(Those volumes and papers are now kept at Augsburg University.)

2. Tianjin Binhai Library (China)

The Tianjin Binhai Library is one of the world’s newest—and thus most modern—libraries. And it was founded in 2017 and is located in the Binhai area of Tianjin, China. This was a coastal metropolis outside of Beijing.

The massive spherical auditorium in the center is ringed by rows of bookshelves that, in addition to housing 1.2 million books, “function as everything from stairs to seating,” according to a 2017 news statement from architecture company MVRDV.

Also, the curves of the shelves flow along two glass facades that connect the library to a park on the other side.

Additionally, according to the press release, the auditorium’s distinctive angles and curves are intended to encourage various uses of the space, such as wandering, reading, and “discussing.”

3. Haeinsa Temple (South Korea)

The Temple of Haeinsa on Mount Gaya in Haeinsa, South Korea, was named a UNESCO World Heritage site. And this was for hosting the Tripitaka Koreana, the most complete collection of Buddhist writings in existence.

The book, which was carved on more than 80,000 woodblocks throughout the 13th century and spans more than 52 million characters and 6,568 volumes, includes no known faults.

Also, the Haeinsa Temple was built in the 15th century expressly to house the Tripitaka.

However, according to UNESCO, the buildings show “amazing mastery in the invention and implementation of the conservation procedures utilized to preserve these woodblocks.”

4. Malatesta Library (Italy)

The Malatesta Library’s interior has an interesting geometric architecture typical of the early Italian Renaissance. And this is with 58 pew-like desks to which the library’s valued collection of 341 hand-printed codices is secured with their original iron chains.

Also, there are about 400,000 objects in all, including 287 incunabula (pamphlets produced before 1501). And 3,200 16th-century editions, as well as Pope Pius VII’s personal library.

Additionally, the Malatesta Library in Cesena, Italy, dates from before the birth of printing. It is one of the world’s oldest intact public libraries, dating from the 15th century.

5. Strahov Library (Czech Republic)

The Theological Hall in the library of Prague’s Strahov Monastery was built in 1679. And it is a magnificent example of Baroque design’s exuberance and grandeur.

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The library features numerous wonderful architectural characteristics, such as carved wooden cartouches with motifs denoting book categories and exquisite ceiling paintings painted by Siard Noseck in the 18th century.

6. Mafra National Palace Library (Portugal)

This amazing Rococo library is housed in Portugal’s Mafra National Palace. This is a Baroque masterpiece built under King Joo V’s orders in the 18th century.

Also, more than 35,000 leather-bound volumes from the 14th to 19th centuries are housed in this magnificent location.

Additionally, a colony of bats resides (legally) in the library for natural pest control against book-damaging insects. And it stands out beyond its wonderful looks and great literature.

7. Joanina Library (Portugal)

The spectacular 18th-century Baroque Joanina Library at the University of Coimbra in Coimbra, Portugal, is another Portuguese beauty guarded by bats.

It features ornate arches that separate three big halls, each with painted ceilings and bookcases constructed from gilded or painted exotic woods.

Also, about 250,000 books are housed in the library, with the majority of them working in medicine, geography, history, humanistic studies, science, civil and canon law, philosophy, and theology.

Additionally, its bug-eating bats have been a part of the preservation plan for at least 200 years. And the caretakers cover the furniture with guano every night to keep it clean.

8. Trinity College Library (Ireland)

The library at Trinity College in Dublin had a level plaster ceiling when it was finished in 1732. However, expansions were required as the library’s massive collection developed.

Thus, the roof was elevated in 1860 to make way for the current barrel-vaulted ceiling and higher bookcases. Thousands of rare and extremely early books and artifacts are held in the library’s towering shelves, which are each accented by a marble bust.

Also, the “Book of Kells” and the Brian Boru harp, a medieval Gaelic harp from which Ireland’s national symbol was formed, are among them.

9. Abbey Library of Saint Gall (Switzerland)

This Baroque rococo feast and UNESCO World Heritage site in St. Gallen, Switzerland, is also an architectural marvel and is considered one of the most important monastic libraries in the world.

Flowery, curving moldings frame the ceiling murals. Wooden balconies float from the second level of the main hall, lending the space an air of antiquity.

Alsop, manuscripts dating back to the eighth century can be found at the Abbey Library of Saint Gall. However, while it is open to the public, the reading room is the only place where you can read any of the 160,000 volumes printed before 1900.

10. Library at All Souls College (England)

Henry VI and the Archbishop of Canterbury built the College of All Souls of the Faithful Departed in Oxford in 1438.

Christopher Codrington’s contribution of £10,000 (more than a million in today’s money) to construct the school’s library, as well as his personal collection of 12,000 volumes, didn’t arrive until 1710.

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Nicholas Hawksmoor designed the new library buildings, which were finished in 1752. The colorful book covers now contrast with the dusty teal shelves, which are crowned by a magnificent plaster barrel-vaulted ceiling.

Around 185,000 books are housed in the collection, with nearly a third of them printed before 1800.

11. Sainte-Geneviève Library (France)

The Sainte-Geneviève Library is located on the Place du Panthéon in Paris. And it is notable for its innovative use of an exposed structural iron frame (the first public structure to do so).

The frame produces a lacy ferrous exoskeleton that defines the outstanding chamber. Also, the library inherited a collection of almost two million documents from the former Abbey of Sainte-Geneviève which was designed by Henri Labrouste in 1843.

However, for students at the University of Paris, it serves as the primary research and reference library.

12. George Peabody Library (Maryland)

This is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. The George Peabody Library is notable for its five layers of ornate cast-iron balconies that rise dramatically like a wedding cake to the 61-foot-high skylight.

Also, the library dates back to the creation of the Peabody Institute, which was established by benefactor George Peabody in honor of Baltimore’s “kindness and hospitality.”

Also, it was developed by Edmund G. Lind in partnership with Dr. Nathaniel H. Morison, the first provost, and opened in 1878.

More than 300,000 titles are housed at the library, the majority of which date from the 18th to early 20th centuries.

13. Leipzig University Library (Germany)

The University Library in Leipzig, Germany, moved to its current location in 1891, in a magnificent Neo-Renaissance building with a beautiful white atrium, tall columns, a split staircase, and globe lanterns.

Also, the structure was virtually devastated during World War II, but after eight years of enlargement and refurbishment, it reopened in 2002 in its former glory.

However, the University Library was founded in 1542 by Rector Caspar Borner, who began a collection of thousands of items.

Additionally, to a considerable holding of special collections, the current collection has around five million volumes, 5.2 million media pieces, and 7,200 current periodicals.

14. State Library of New South Wales (Australia)

The Mitchell Wing, which has an elegant entryway, huge skylight, and a marble mosaic reproduction of the historic Tasman Map on its floor, is perhaps the most famous component of the State Library of New South Wales (NSW) in Sydney.

The structure was finished in 1910 and is named after David Scott Mitchell, who gave his volumes to the library.

Among the five million artifacts in the collection are James Cook’s original journals (two million books and more than a million photographs). Also, the State Library of New South Wales is Australia’s oldest library.

However, the government bought the 1926 Australian Subscription Library in 1869 to become the Sydney Free Public Library, the area’s first truly public library; it later became the State Library.

15. New York Public Library (New York)

The 1911 beaux-arts main branch library on Fifth Avenue in New York City may be one of the city’s most attractive structures.

The Rose Main Reading Room stands out among the numerous amazing spaces for private collections and smaller libraries within the majestic layout.

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Also, the colossal space spans two city blocks and is illuminated by chandeliers and lamps that adorn the long oak tables.

Additionally, the 52-foot-high ceiling is covered with bright sky murals; it’s the ideal location to get lost in the clouds.

Furthermore, the New York Public Library has a 15-million-item collection, which includes medieval manuscripts, ancient Japanese scrolls, and modern publications.

16. Stockholm Public Library (Sweden)

The Stockholm Public Library was designed by Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund in 1922. And was finished six years later.

It is one of the city’s most noteworthy structures, complete with a grand rotunda and a distinctive cylindrical hall.

However, more than two million printed volumes and 2.4 million audiotapes, CDs, and audiobooks are housed in this modern functional design monument.

17. Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library (Connecticut)

This is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. The Yale University Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library in New Haven, Connecticut, is one of the world’s largest libraries dedicated solely to rare books and manuscripts.

Also, the remarkable edifice, made of Vermont marble, granite, bronze, and glass, was designed by Gordon Bunshaft and the renowned modernist company Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and finished in 1963.

However, the Gutenberg Bible and Audubon’s “Birds of America,” both on permanent display, are among the numerous treasures stored away safely in its giant glass-enclosed book towers.

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18. Liyuan Library (China)

This minimalist library is located in the little village of Huairou, China. And it is two hours north of Beijing.

Also, it is attractive even without the bells and whistles, a change from the opulent, over-the-top edifices often viewed as lovely.

Inside, stepped cases, benches, and platforms display books and create locations for peaceful reflection, designed by Li Xiaodong.

Additionally, the glass outside shell is wrapped with locally grown sticks to better mix with the landscape that surrounds it.

19. Sir Duncan Rice Library (Scotland)

Although Aberdeen University was founded in 1495, its library is strongly entrenched in the twenty-first century.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library, formerly known as the Aberdeen University New Library, has a simple facade that unfolds to reveal a swirling atrium, a dynamic vortex that unites the eight levels of the structure.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects created the spectacular modern design, which was commissioned in 1965 to replace the previous library.

Also, it has 1,200 reading areas, archives, historical collections. Furthermore, it has a rare book room. And the Space Age institution can seat 14,000 pupils.

However, the structure was also constructed to fulfill the most stringent environmental criteria, earning it a BREEAM Excellent rating.

20. Tama Art University Library (Japan)

The Hachioji Library of the Tama Art University in Hachioji, Japan, was designed by award-winning Japanese architect Toyo Ito and is a stunning piece of architecture.

It was built in 2007 with reinforced concrete arches and glass, allowing the rolling outdoors to blend with the alluring space inside.

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However, the library’s second floor contains open-access stacks with over 100,000 books.

Also, the library has around 77,000 Japanese books, 47,000 international books, and 1,500 periodicals, with a concentration on art, design, and architecture (unsurprisingly).

21. Klementinum National Library (Czech Republic)

As part of a Jesuit university, the Klementinum National Library opened in Prague in 1722. However, it presently houses the Czech Republic’s National Library, which houses over 20,000 volumes of international theological literature.

Rich amber and gold spiral pillars, exquisite ceiling frescoes by Jan Hiebl, and a portrait of Emperor Joseph II at the end of the hall characterize the library’s interior.

This image represents the labor that has gone into saving books from defunct monastic libraries.

22. Stuttgart City Library (Germany) 

Minimalistic Stuttgart City Library is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, with nine stories of literature.

Also, it has an open multi-floor reading area fashioned like an upside-down pyramid that was featured in Yi Architects’ design approach.

Furthermore, the combination of clean lines and white surfaces allows the thousands of books to breathe life and color into the room.

23. Wiblingen Monastery Library (Germany) 

With Christian Wiedemann’s design direction, the Wiblingen Monastery Library was completed. However, the monastery was founded in 1093, but it was not until 1744 that the library was completed.

Also, this library has 15,000 books, the majority of which contain Pagan and Christian imagery.

24. Bibliotheca Alexandria (Egypt)

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina was built with an etched exterior and a historical inside. And it was dedicated in 2002 to the old world’s largest library.

The original Library of Alexandria, which burned down 2,000 years ago, had the world’s biggest collection of books at the time.

However, the new library was redesigned by Snhetta, a Norwegian architecture firm. And there are eight million volumes on the premises, as well as four art galleries, four museums, a manuscript restoration lab, and a planetarium.

Also, the etches on the building’s facade depict the evolution of human language, making it one of the world’s most beautiful libraries.

25. Admont Abbey Library (Austria)

The Admont Abbey Library is housed in a Baroque structure. This library, which has 70,000 volumes, is part of one of Austria’s oldest and largest monasteries.

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In 1776, Joseph Huebner built the lovely library. Bartolomeo Alromonte’s intricate artwork depicts several stages of human knowledge.

26. Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading (Brazil) 

The Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading was created in 1822 by three Portuguese immigrants. And this stunning library has over 400,000 rare manuscripts, unusual proofs, and one-of-a-kind works.

The library first opened its doors to the public in 1887. However, it is good to know that the Portuguese introduced literary traditions and masterpieces to a newly independent Brazil.

27. Biblioteca Joanina (Portugal)

Biblioteca Joanina is one of the most magnificent libraries in the world, and it is located at the University of Coimbra in Central Portugal.

The library, which is a national monument, was built in the 18th century during the reign of Portuguese King John V.

Also, the Biblioteca Joanina is one of only two libraries in the world where bats defend the books from insects. The bats come out at night, and the building is cleaned in the morning to keep it looking nice.

28. The Library of El Escorial (Spain)

This is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. More than 40,000 books are housed at El Escorial Monastery’s exquisite library. The construction was ordered by King Phillip II of Spain in 1563.

Seven frescoes can be found in the library. Arithmetic, astronomy, geometry, music, rhetoric, logic, and grammar are among the liberal arts depicted in the murals.

29. Bodleian Library (Oxford, Uk)

The Bodleian Library is one of the most beautiful in the world, featuring the Magna Carta and Shakespeare’s First Folio among its 13 million books. However, the first example of a circular library plan can be found in this library.

30. The Morgan Library & Museum (NY, USA)

The Morgan Library & Museum, located in the heart of New York City, is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.

Bronzed bookcases hold original manuscripts of Sir Walter Scott and de Balzac, and are home to a private collection of fancier J.P. Morgan.

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1. UNAM’s Central University City Campus Library (Mexico City, Mexico)

The UNAM Central University City Campus Library in Mexico City is one of the many unique architectural structures that have earned the UNAM campus UNESCO World Heritage status.

The library, in contrast to the bulk of the other buildings on campus, is a colossal square-shaped structure filled with murals by renowned muralist Juan O’Gorman.

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The building’s height, form, and aesthetic design help it stand out from the crowd.

In 1956, the library was relocated from its original location in the Mexico City Center, where it had been for half a century. It has around 400,000 books in its collection.

2. Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada)

The University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library has Canada’s biggest collection of historic and publicly accessible books.

Religious manuscripts, groundbreaking scientific records, political texts, and stunning 17th-century etchings are among the library’s extensive holdings.

Original Shakespeare folios, a proof copy of Darwin’s Origin of Species, Newton’s Principia Mathematica, and two 1493 copies of the Nuremberg Chronicle are among the highlights of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

The Robert S. Kenny Collection also includes pieces of Egyptian papyrus manuscripts, rare Hebraica and Judaica papers, and over 25,000 political periodicals.

3. Philological Library of the Free University (Berlin, Germany)

The Philological Library of the Free University of Berlin has earned a place among Germany’s most interesting and active libraries because of its gorgeous design and masterful architecture.

The library was masterfully created in the shape of a human brain by master architect Norman Foster. The Berlin Brain was given to the library when it was built in 2005.

It consists of four stories within a ventilated bubble-like canopy, with a translucent glass inner membrane that screens the sun to create a concentration-friendly environment.

Momentary glimpses of daylight are provided via transparent apertures strewn throughout. The Philological Library is a Berlin architectural monument that stores over 700,000 volumes.

4. Magdalen College Old Library at Oxford University (Oxford, UK)

Oxford University is well-known for its academic programs, but it is also well-known for its remarkable libraries, which are believed to contain over 11 million books.

The Old Library at Magdalen College is the university’s library system’s crown gem. More than 20,000 rare books and manuscripts are housed at Magdalen’s Old Library.

Almost majority of these books were published prior to 1800. With its studious interior and spectacular Gothic Revival façade, the Magdalen College Old Library is acknowledged to be one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.

However, those who want to see the storied area in person must make an appointment to examine the library’s special collection.

5. Balme Library at the University of Ghana (Ghana, West Africa)

The Balme Library at the University of Ghana is one of Africa’s leading research libraries, serving students, researchers, academics, and staff.

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The library, which was founded in the 1940s, now houses over 100,000 books, 500 microfilms, a number of rare manuscripts, and a large number of electronic items.

Also, the Balme Library in Ghana comprises six departments, a special collection, and a 24-hour student reading area.

The United Nations Regional Depository and the World Bank collections are represented in the library’s extensive inventory, which comprises a wide range of themes and specialist volumes.

6. University of Salamanca Library (Salamanca, Spain)

This is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. The University of Salamanca Library is one of Spain’s most beautiful libraries, located in the heart of the university’s historical center.

The famous “EL Cielo de Salamanca” ceiling painting hung in the old library, which was built in the 15th century.

While most of the painting was destroyed during the library’s rebuilding in the 18th century, a part was hidden below the new structure’s ceiling for nearly 200 years.

The picture has been restored and is now housed in the university museum. More than 160,000 volumes are housed in this historic university library, many of which date back to the 11th century.

7. The University of Coimbra General Library (Coimbra, Portugal)

The General Library of the University of Coimbra is Portugal’s second-largest library. The library, which was founded in 1537, is split into two different buildings.

The Edificio Novo, which was built in 1962, is the more recent structure. On four stories, it stores over a million books. The Biblioteca Joanina, named after King Joo V, was founded in the early eighteenth century.

Also, more than 200,000 books printed before 1800 are housed in this Baroque structure.

With three big chambers, elegant arches, rich wood, and gilded accents, the Biblioteca Joanina exhibits exquisite architecture and design. Over the main door, King Joo V’s coat of arms is placed.

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8. Misr University for Science and Technology Library (6th of October City, Egypt)

Egypt’s Misr University for Science and Technology Library has a distinctive and modern design with cutting-edge technology.

Also, the pyramid-shaped skylights in the structure combine a slight touch of Egyptian antiquity with modern technology and science.

Natural light streams into the library through these intriguing and distinctive skylights. A library hall has been converted into a museum featuring replicas of Egypt’s most historic and influential structures.

Also, Students at the university are not the only ones who can use the library. The library’s services are open to community members and researchers from all over the world.

9. Old Library at St. John’s College of Cambridge University (Cambridge, UK)

The Old Library at Cambridge University’s St. John’s College is one of the UK’s oldest and most beautiful libraries. The Jacobean Gothic style edifice, which was built in 1624, is 110 feet long and 30 feet broad.

Though the stunning building’s front appears to have been inspired by the Renaissance period, the large windows of the library are reminiscent of Gothic Revival architecture.

Also, the library houses 42 bookcases and a double-manual harpsichord from Cambridge University.

The Old Library is open to members of the university and visitors throughout the week, even though it is no longer a functioning library.

10. Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum at Humboldt University (Berlin, Germany)

In the center of Berlin, the astonishingly huge Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum spans 20,000 square meters of floor space. Under one roof, the library houses 12 different departments.

Also, More than 1,250 workstations and 500 research machines are available. There is a wireless connection throughout the building, and all of the volumes are open to the public.

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Also, over 2.5 million books and issues from 2,400 magazines are housed at the Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum.

This incredible library and study center is Germany’s largest and most accessible. This educational facility houses the entire contents of economics, social science, culture, and humanities libraries.

11. József Attila Study and Information Centre at the University of Szeged (Szeged, Hungary)

The József Attila Study and Information Centre at the University of Szeged in Hungary, which opened in 2004, draws an amazing 5,000 visitors every day.

Also, The center’s success has allowed it to transition from a non-profit investment to a profit-oriented attraction. The building’s spaciousness, clear design, and outstanding architecture have all contributed to its success.

Student services, a meeting room, lecture rooms, and the University Library, which has over 2 million volumes, are all located in the education complex.

Also, The center, which is located in Hungary’s third-largest city, has evolved into a focus of cultural and scientific activity for the university as well as the entire city of Szeged.

12. The Paul Barret Jr. Library at Rhodes College (Memphis, TN)

This is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. The Paul Barret Jr. Library at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, is strategically located in the back of the campus and serves as a second entrance to the college.

The library, which opened in 2005, was built to complement the college’s Gothic architectural style. The structure, which is made of rubble and limestone, has two towers, a cloister, and an apse.

Also, the college’s adherence to tradition is evident in the copper and slate roof, carved symbols, and Gothic design.

The library houses over 500,000 books, as well as computer labs, a technology area for the hearing and visually handicapped, and a viewing theater with seating for up to 32 people.

13. The Geisel Library at the University of California, San Diego (San Diego, CA)

The eight floors of the Geisel Library at the University of California, San Diego, rise to an incredible 110 feet in the air, forming a cylindrical shape at the canyon’s base.

The library’s widest point on the ground level is 248 feet, while the widest position above ground is 210 feet on the sixth story.

The magnificent six-story tower is supported by the two lower levels. Any future extensions to the library will build tiers around the tower foundation and drop into the canyon, according to architect William Pereira, who built this remarkable edifice.

14. Brotherton Library at the University of Leeds (Leeds, UK)

The Brotherton Library at the University of Leeds was founded in 1936 and is named after Lord Brotherton, who was instrumental in the creation and outfitting of the library.

Also, The Lanchester, Lucas & Lodge-designed structure was originally supposed to be entered through the Parkinson structure.

Its exterior is plain brick, as it was not intended to be seen. However, because the Parkinson building was delayed, the library’s unadorned facade was exposed for nearly fifteen years.

Also, the interior of the building, which features a wide dome, green Swedish marble columns, an intricate iron railing, and other embellishments, is in stark contrast to the façade.

15. Meskill Law Library at the University of Connecticut (Hartford, CT)

The Meskill Law Library at the University of Connecticut is both one of the most comprehensive and one of the most attractive law libraries in the country.

The library, as a state university, offers a wide range of services to the general public. Its collection dates back to 1908 and includes 500,000 books and thousands of legal magazines.

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Also, The legislation is covered in every part of the library’s catalog. There is, nevertheless, a sizable library of insurance law books.

Also, The Meskill Law Library at UConn is named after Thomas J. Meskill, a distinguished UConn graduate who served as governor of Connecticut and worked in all three departments of government.

16. Library at Asian Institute of Medicine, Science, and Technology (Kedah, Malaysia)

This is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. The Asian Institute of Medicine, Science, and Technology’s large library in Kedah, Malaysia, houses one of the world’s fastest-growing collections of volumes.

Also, to lessen its environmental impact, this high-tech glass-clad skyscraper makes use of natural light and energy-efficient equipment.

The remarkable semicircular edifice has four levels and a large collection of books on medical, engineering, business, and financial subjects.

The huge library complex contains advanced instructional centers, research facilities, and student areas. In many ways, the institute’s 230-acre campus community revolves around the library.

17. Butler Library at Columbia University (New York, NY)

Butler Library, formerly known as South Hall, was established in 1934 at Columbia University in New York City. The name was eventually changed to Butler Library in honor of Nicholas Murray Butler, the president of Columbia University from 1902 until 1945.

Also, Butler Library has nearly two million books on a wide array of themes relating to the humanities, while being just one of Columbia University’s 20 libraries.

However, The library, designed by George Ainsworth in an Italian Renaissance style, has 12 stories of volumes and uses natural light in a way that was novel for the time period.

18. Chancellor Green Library at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)

The Chancellor Green Library at Princeton University is a stunning example of Neo-Gothic architecture.

The magnificent structure, built in 1872, is adorned with gables, arches, buttresses, and diamond-shaped stained glass windows.

It was the first structure on the developing campus to be built for use as a library, and it was designed as an octagonal rotunda.

It’s also noted for its symmetrical design and repetitive patterns in a variety of geometric shapes, such as stars, diamonds, circles, and octagons.

19. Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University (New Haven, CT)

The Sterling Memorial Library is the largest branch of the Yale University library system, with a collection of 4 million volumes. The extravagant structure features a 15-story book stack tower with each floor symbolizing a different subject.

Yale alumni John William Sterling and James Gamble Rogers funded and designed the library, respectively.

Also, Its vast library is devoted to the humanities and social sciences.

Also, Cultural studies from throughout the world, a historic map collection, a number of philosophic publications, a set of Babylonian volumes, Benjamin Franklin’s papers, and many rare manuscripts are all represented in the library.

20. Central Library at the University of Technology (Delft, Netherlands)

The Central Library at the University of Technology in Delft, Netherlands, was awarded the Dutch National Steel Prize in 1998. It is a masterpiece of modern architecture.

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The Mecanoo architecture bureau designed the library, which was built in 1997. The highly distinctive structure was built just behind the theater and boasts a grass-covered slanted wall and roof that serves as a student entertainment area.

The wall directly across from the theater is entirely constructed of glass, and the library’s top is adorned with a steel cone. Also, the library’s cone contains four of the library’s five levels.

21. The Harper Library Reading Room at the University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

The original William Rainey Harper Memorial Library, which was built in 1910 and named for the University of Chicago’s first president, contains the Harper Library Reading Room.

The structure was built in the English Gothic style, and the reading room has a breathtaking 39-foot ceiling.

The William Rainey Harper Memorial Library was closed in June 2009, and the collections were moved to the Regenstein Library.

Also, in June 2012, the facility was resurrected and renamed the Arley D. Cathey Learning Center in honor of a great financial benefactor.

22. Andrew Dickson White Library at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)

Cornell University Andrew Dickson White Library in Ithaca, New York, is a library within a library. Also, Uris Library is also housed in the building.

Also, the edifice is the oldest library on campus, and it once had skylights and an open archway leading to the adjoining Dean Room.

The original wrought-iron stacks remain in the building, despite the loss of the skylights and archway during renovations. Artifacts, furniture, and artwork from White’s academic career can still be found in the library.

23. Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library at Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY)

Frederick Ferris Thompson, a Vassar trustee, built a tiny expansion in 1892 to house the college’s 3,000-book library. Thompson’s wife dedicated a new library to her husband in 1905.

Also, the college’s growing collection of books and manuscripts has necessitated successive expansions of this structure.

An amazing cathedral-style edifice houses this huge collection of old literature. A magnificent rose window in the library’s main hall depicts the first woman to acquire a Ph.D.

24. Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University (Provo, UT)

The Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University has a motto that says, “Learning by study and also by faith.”

Also, Harold B. Lee, a past president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was honored with the library’s name.

In April 2011, a cappella group called Vocal Point produced a music video at the library, while in July 2010, a parody of an Old Spice commercial was filmed there.

25. Riggs Library at Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.)

Only a few cast-iron libraries survive today, including the Riggs Library at Georgetown University. From 1891 through 1970, it functioned as the city’s main library.

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The Riggs Library is located in the old Healy Hall’s south tower. The structure, which was built between 1877 and 1879, has a Flemish Romanesque architectural style with traces of Baroque.

26. Duke Humfrey’s Library in the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford (Oxford, UK)

This is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.

However, Duke Humfrey’s Library, the oldest reading room in the Bodleian Library at Oxford, holds music, maps, Western manuscripts, the University Archives, the Conservative Party Archives, and rare volumes issued before 1641.

27. Suzzallo Library’s Graduate Reading Room at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA)

The Suzallo Graduate Library, which sits atop Red Square at the University of Washington, is a work of art.

Also, the Reading Space’s towering ceilings give it a sumptuous feel, and the entire room is adorned with exquisite hardwoods. Hand-painted globes dangle from the ceiling at each end of the room, enabling pupils to explore the world’s knowledge.

28. Fleet Library at Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI)

The Rhode Island School of Design has the United States’ oldest and most renowned independent art library.

The library’s collection has evolved into a retrospective that depicts the growth of art, architecture, photography, and design due to its historical significance.

Also, textiles, jewelry, ceramics, and a variety of other fields are all represented in the collection. 

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29. Catholic University of Leuven Library (Flanders, Belgium)

In the first half of the nineteenth century, the Catholic University of Leuven Library in Flanders, Belgium, was created. The library was stolen and destroyed by German troops during World War I in 1914.

Between the years 1921 and 1928, a new library was built. The structure was designed by Whitney Warren, an American architect, in the neo-Flemish-Renaissance architectural style.

30. Doe Memorial Library at the University of California-Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)

This is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. The Doe Memorial Library is the primary library on the campus of the University of California, Berkley.

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The library was designed to be the first facility visitors see when they enter the university grounds. Also, the majority of people nowadays, on the other hand, enter the campus from the opposite side.

It’s your lucky day to get the above information on the most beautiful libraries in the world. Interesting right? Yeah! However, do well to visit any of them.

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