Libraries are among the places that book lovers would not mind getting lost into. More than the treasure trove of collections it holds, a library provides a quiet place for anyone who may want some respite from the constant buzz of activities in the outside world. If you love books and traveling, here are some of the most beautiful public libraries in the world you need to visit.
Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Alexandria, Egypt)
Location: Al Azaritah WA Ash Shatebi, Qesm Bab Sharqi, Alexandria
Top reasons to visit: Eye-catching architecture, vast library with enough space to house eight million books , a spacious and beautifully designed reading room, located in a complex that is home to other facilities like art galleries, conference center, museums, planetarium, and a laboratory for manuscript restoration among others; sections like the Arts and Multimedia Library, Children’s Library, Microforms Library, Rare Books and Special Collections Library, Taha Hussein Library for the visually impaired, and the Young People’s Library.
Biblioteca Angelica (Rome, Italy)
Location: Piazza S. Agostino, 8, Rome
Top reasons to visit: Biblioteca Angelica houses a collection numbering to almost 200,000 works; includes a collection of St. Augustine’s works, home to 460 unbound geographical maps, the geographical globes by W. J. Bleau, and more.
Kanazawa Umimirai Library (Kanazawa, Japan)
Location: Japan, 〒920-0341 Ishikawa Prefecture, Kanazawa
Top reasons to go: Striking contemporary architecture designed by Japanese firm Coelacanth K&H Architects, the thousands of puncture holes in the building filled with translucent glass thus allowing the natural lighting to filter in, spacious and airy with a massive collection of books and other literary works
National Library of Belarus (Minsk, Belarus)
Location: praspiekt Niezaliežnasci 116, Minsk
Top reasons to go: Unique and modern design, a building shaped like a rhombicuboctahedron; houses art galleries, a Book Museum, children’s playroom, conference hall, outdoor and indoor skydecks, recreational zones and cafes and restaurants
Seattle Central Library (Seattle, Washington, USA)
Location: 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
Top reasons to go: Beautiful award-winning architecture designed by Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus, scenic view of Elliott Bay from the 10th floor, the public arts, and the wide collection of books and other works
Sendai Mediatheque (Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan)
Location: 2-1 Kasugamachi, Aoba Ward
Top reasons to go: Stunning architecture designed by Toyo Ito, features a public library and art gallery; houses a children’s library, exhibition space, multimedia library, public gallery spaces, studio spaces, café, shop, and cinema among others.
Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart (Stuttgart, Germany)
Location: Mailänder Platz 1, 70173 Stuttgart
Top reasons to go: Simple and modern design, the white surroundings provides stark contrast to the colors of books and the people milling around its vast space, light and airy atmosphere