Most Beautiful Libraries

Saw a concert there. It’s gorgeous.

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The library in the San Francisco Monastery in Lima, Peru. Our tour guide said, “I know what you’re thinking… Harry Potter…”

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This is the Strahov Library in Prague–amazing space, the kind of library you dream of–full of science and art, and yummy looking volumes that we couldn’t touch!!
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Fantastic topic…love it.

There are 2 libraries inside the Eisenhower Executive Office Building which is part of the White House Complex. Beautiful architecture. I don’t have any pictures. I worked in that building over 20 years ago and tours of the building were available on Saturdays. I’ve no doubt they have ended due to security concerns…but if you happen to know someone who works there, they can get you in to give you a tour. The building is really very nice as well.

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The library in Tianjin China, check out the online photos

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So many stunning libraries and now I just want to sit down in some of 'em with a giant hardback or fifteen… :star_struck:

I’m fortunate in that my hometown has several glorious libraries. A few are already on AO, including the John Rylands Library and the Portico Library…

The library I go to, though, is Manchester Central Library. It’s a beautiful building modelled on the Pantheon in Rome, pride of place in St Peter’s Square next to the gothic town hall. The reading room beneath the dome is breathtaking and I liked looking at the Shakespeare stained glass window above the entrance when I walk out…

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Sadly, I am not sure if this library exists anymore, due to two devastating fires in the Mackintosh Building, in 2014 and again in 2018. It is the library at the Glasgow School of Art, by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, small but beautiful, with all the trademark Mackintosh touches. Not my own photo, Can’t find my own ones. [cid_2516582|690x462]


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Agreed!

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The Library of Congress is absolutely incredible, especially the main reading room. image

It was even more amazing when it was filled with the old card catalog!

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This clip is everything:

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I have a few such places in my memory: Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix, the “bookshelf” library parking garage in Kansas City, the Hargreaves Hall library at Eastern Washington University, the old Beaux-Arts library in San Francisco, the long-destroyed gorgeous front end of the library at University of Detroit Mercy (now completely drop-ceiling genericized), the Truman Library in Independence where I met President Truman and sat on his lap… but the one where my mind was opened was the main library on steep Felix Street in St. Joseph, Missouri, with its beautiful glass-floored cast-iron stacks and recently documented Tiffany dome window.

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I think the most impressive library architecturally and historically that I’ve seen so far has been the library of El Escorial just outside of Madrid , I wrote an entry a while back on it for AO

It is an absolutely fascinating place , so much history within its walls and shelves. But I prefer it as a historic library and I’m not sure if its my cup of tea to read in aesthetically ( The religious overtones are a bit much for me as an atheist).

In the reading sense I’m very easy to please , I guess any library with a decent collection of books on obscure subjects (that usually were last taken out in 1994) with a quiet corner, preferably with a window to look out of is my kind of haunt. I used to love going to the Biblioteca Central at the UNAM in Mexico city on some weekends and read to my hearts content all kinds of books.

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The Nuova Manica Lunga, Biblioteche Foundazione Giorgio Cini, on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy is a marvelous place to study Italian culture and art history.

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The Library of Parliament in Ottawa is my favorite anywhere in the world.

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I love the central library in Liverpool which merges modern architecture with its classic Victorian layout

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This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing it!

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Seattle Public Library is up There…

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I want to go to Liverpool one day that’ll be on my list , thanks :laughing:

Agreed