24 most surprising, incredible and beautiful libraries around the world.

Libraries have long stood as the greatest symbol of our intellectual development. Many have been built on a grand scale, their creators sparing no expense. Despite the passage of time, some of these great public buildings still have the power to astound. In fact, there are very few modern libraries which have the ability to match these older ’temples of knowledge’.
Here are 24 of the most surprising, astounding, incredible and beautiful libraries around the world.

Stuttgart Municipal Library, Stuttgart, Germany

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The National Library of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic

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The National Library of China, Beijing

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Library of Sárospatak Reformed College, Sárospatak, Hungary

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Library of the Technical University, Iassi, Romania

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The Library of Congress, Washington, USA

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Library of St. John’s College, Cambridge, Britain

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Mazarine Library, Paris, France

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Vennesla Library, Vennesla, Norway

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Walker Library, Minneapolis, USA

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The New York Public Library, New York, USA

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French Senate Library, Paris, France

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The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, New Haven, USA

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Science Library, Görlitz, Germany

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University of Iowa Law Library, Des Moines, USA

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The Joanina Library, Coimbra, Portugal

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Austrian National Library, Vienna, Austria

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The National Library of the Netherlands, The Hague, Netherlands

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The National Library of France, Paris, France

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The St. Florian Monastery Library, Linz-Land District, Austria

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George Peabody Library, Baltimore, USA

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The Royal Portuguese Library, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland

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Admont Abbey Library, Admont, Austria

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