8 Exquisite Libraries on Earth

In a time that ebooks becomes more and more popular and paper books are getting phased out, less people walk into the library. However, these gorgeous reading sanctuaries have stood elegantly, welcoming all readers to experience priceless books as well as astonishing atmosphere.

Klementinum Library, Prague

Built in Baroque style since 1722 as part of the Jesuit university, Klementinum library houses over 20,000 books under spectacular ceiling frescoes depicting science and art. klementinum.com

Trinity College Library, Dublin

This library boasts a 200-foot long room, with marble busts of famous writers like Jonathan Swift (Gulliver’s Travels) line the walkway, and a barrel-vaulted ceiling arches overhead. tcd.ie

Vennesla Library and Culture House, Vennesla

A series of 27 arching wooden ribs bends around the walls and ceiling of this library in Norway – integrating lighting, bookshelves and seating.

Biblioteca Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura, Rio De Janeiro

With the name meaning royal reading room, the library houses more than 300,000 works from the 16th – 18th centuries, as well as a small collection of paintings and old coins. realgabinete.com.br

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Connecticut

The building, made of Vermont marble and granite, bronze and glass, is devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts; some even have an original Gutenberg Bible. beinecke.library.yale.edu

Stadtbibliothek, Stuttgart

The public library of Stuttgart is all in white, where the books and visitors provide the color to an otherwise neutral environment. stuttgart.de/stadtbibliothek

Beitou Library, Taipei

This eco-friendly library has a slanted roof that collects moisture from humidity and rain, and then recycles it for the restrooms and gardens.

The Abbey Library, Admont

In this all-embracing creation of the late European Baroque, various artistic genres (architecture, frescoes, sculptures, manuscripts and printed works) are represented. stiftadmont.at