Where better to indulge in a book than a gorgeous library? Many believe that due to the rise in technology that this has rendered libraries to be obsolete, and that libraries are now relics of the pre-digital age. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Rather than viewing the library as a static repository of physical books, we can view them as knowledge hubs where people of all ages can seek out opportunities, collaborate, create, and learn. That won’t be difficult to do with the libraries presented in this list, which are guaranteed to bring out your inner bookworm.
Central Library: Seattle, Washington, US
The Central Library in Seattle is sleek, modern and sophisticated and even has tourists from around the world paying visits and taking tours. The building itself is an impressive work of art and was featured in the top 150 structures in the United States by the America Institute of Architects.
Trinity College Library: Dublin, Ireland
The largest library in Ireland dates back to 1592. It boasts the largest single-chamber library in the world, otherwise known as “The Long Room”, which contains more than 200,000 of the library’s oldest books. This should be on every history buff’s bucket list.
Bishan Public Library: Singapore
Located in the heart of Bishan, the award-winning Bushan Community spans 4,000 square meters. Its tree house design is simple yet sophisticated. It boasts high-ceiling glass windows that make for beautiful scenic views as you’re reading or doing work.
Stuttgart City Library: Germany
This cube-shaped building redefines your typical library aesthetic. It pulls sunlight through the translucent roof and the glass blocks change colours at night which draws an unavoidable resemblance to a Rubik’s Cube. Bright white surfaces help mix and maximize the natural light and give it a modern look.
St. Florian Monastery: Austria
This building is a masterwork of architecture inside and out. It’s a basilica, art gallery, and library all at once. However, it is the library that is by far the most impressive area. Elaborate wood-carved bookcases and a ceiling fresco completed in 1747 gives the room a unique life of its own.