Hey guys! So, I spend way too much time fantasizing about really cool bookish things. Bookish candles, bookish boyfriends, bookshelves, pretty book covers, books I wish authors would write, etc. I figured I would actually be productive with my fantasies and use them to fuel some blog posts. With that being said, I now give you a list of libraries that are gorgeous AND have really cool facts!
Trinity College Library —- Ireland
This super cool library is Ireland’s copyright library. That means a copy of every new book and periodical is sent here when they apply for copyright. There’s even a copy of the famous Book of Kells, which was created around the year 800 by a group of Celtic monks. I love the historical vibe I get from this place!
National Library of France
At one time, this was the world’s largest book repository. Now, it’s still a crazy unique liberary with four buildings! (They remind me of a Tetris game)
George Peabody Library —- Baltimore, Maryland, USA
This library has FIVE STORY BALCONIES. And a skylight to provide natural light. Several book lovers have even had their weddings here! It was built as a thanks for the citizens’ “kindness and hospitality”, which makes this cute little place even cuter.
Delft University of Technology Library — Netherlands
This is one of my favorites. There is a giant metal cone in the middle that turns into a skylight. It’s so weird and I love weird things. Also, the ceiling is grass. You can check out a book, walk outside, sit on the roof, and enjoy gorgeous scenery with your new book!
5. Musashino Art University Library — Tokyo, Japan
I’m a sucker for anything Japan does, tbh. This is no exception. They invented this library to be the simplest in the world. It is made entirely of bookshelves and glass. Since the walls are made of bookshelves, they are 20 feet high! Plus, those chairs look extremely cozy.
Strahov Monastery Library — Czech Republic
This library is every book lovers dream. There are TWO SECRET PASSAGES, which are opened by pulling out a BOOK!
Stuttgart City Library — Stuttgart, Germany
This entire library is white, so the only color in the whole building is the color from the books. That’s already cool enough. But there’s more. It is shaped like a CUBE. It as designed after the Pantheon of ancient Rome, and has 9 stories.
Jose Casconcelos Library — Mexico City, Mexico
This library has a super magical feel to it. The structures are made of concrete and glass, so it looks like the bookshelves are hanging in the air! Also, random fun fact, there is a giant whale skeleton in the middle!
Liyuan Library – Beijing, China
This is another favorite of mine. It is only one story, and it was designed to blend into the forest around it by covering the outside with twigs! The only light that comes into the library is the light that seeps through the crack in the twig frame. To stay cool, they pull air from the lake that is nearby. Everything in the building is made from all recyclable material! Reading in here would be SO relaxing (except it would definitely be a BYOB situation for me – bring your own beanbag! – I don’t see how all these people are sitting on the hard floor like that.)
Sir Duncan Rice Library – Aberdeen, United Kingdom
This one instantly drew me to it because of the architecture. There is a spiral atrium in the center, and cells in the roof collect sunlight and turn it into energy!
BONUS: Sainte Genevieve Library in Paris, France
SURPRISE! Since I had so much fun putting this together, I decided to add a bonus, with no boring facts. I literally just picked this because it looks like Hogwarts to me! All it needs is floating candles and ghosts.
Thank you guys so much for reading this far! I am SO curious to know which one is your favorite, so tell me below! Maybe you have more cool suggestions for me; leave those below too! I hope you guys have a wonderful day! ♥