Lets take a look at some of the most beautiful libraries in existence.
Abbey Library of St. Gallen – Switzerland
The Abbey library of St. Gall is a UNESCO listed world heritage site, and is the oldest in Switzerland. The abbey has existed since 719, and the library houses manuscripts that are up 1600 years old that are on display to the public. In addition to it some 160,000 total volumes, including 2,100 manuscripts from the 8th to the 15th century as well as the Manuscript B of the Nibelungenlied, they currently have an Egyptian mummy on display.
Library of Paris – France
The Library of Paris or the Bibliothèque nationale de France is said to be the oldest library in existence and at times was known as the largest library collection in the world. It can trace its roots back to the Royal Library that was housed in the Louvre and founded by Charles V in 1368. The Libraries collection was moved around a few times until it found its current home
Biblioteca Joanina – Portugal
This baroque library was built during the 18th century in Coimbra, Portugal. It houses some 250 thousand works and is a national monument of Portugal.
Admont Abbey Library – Austria
The library of the Admont Abbey is the biggest monastic library in the world, as well as being one of the scenic both inside (above) and out (below).
Strahov Theological Hall – Czech Republic
The Theological Hall in the Strahov Monastery in Prague was completed in 1679, and has survived largely intact despite Prague being bombed multiple times during its lifetime and occupation by various forces.
Trinity College Library – Ireland
The Trinity College Library is housed at the Trinity College funnily enough in Dublin. It is the permanent home of the Book of Kells and is also known as a copyright library which means that all works published in the Republic of Ireland are housed in the Library.
Escorial Biblioteca – Spain
Housed in an 18th century palace in San Lorenzo, Spain, the Library might be small by other stands housing only 40,000 odd volumes, but it make up for it the pure beauty of its 50 metre long and ten metre high hall with marble floors and hand carved wooden shelves.
The State Library of South Australia – Australia
The State Library of South Australia in Adelaide, Australia is the largest public research library in Australia. The famous Morlock Wing pictured above was opened in December 1884 after 18 years of construction.
Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum Library – Japan
Shiba Ryotaro was one of the most important cultural figures in post war Japan, after his death in 1996 his house in Osaka was turned into a museum in his honour. The pictured bookcase above is 11 metres high and is home to over 20,000 books.
Rijksmuseum Library – Netherlands
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands (above) as well as being beautiful, houses a great number of greatly historical items including the stern of the HMS Royal Charles, but the real gem of the museum is of course its Library, the Rijksmuseum Research Library (below), which is the largest public art history research library in the Netherlands.