The most beautiful libraries in the world

It’s often the case that, when visiting a foreign city, one of the main attractions will be the local library: sometimes because of their history, and sometimes because they are hosted in peculiar, uncommon buildings. We have good news for French residents, and generally for all culture lovers: after a 7-year renovation, the Richelieu library opened again. Its collection is the oldest in the country, and one of the most important in Europe, it belonged to the Sun King, Louis XIV. The project allowed the renovation and the reopening of the space that hosts the Richelieu collection, made of about 2 million tomes and books; the project also includes a plan for a museum within the library, to open in 2020 — setting a trend that other structures like it should definitely follow. So, what are the most beautiful libraries in the world, then? Every nation has its jewel: some libraries focus on modernity, some on their history, and some even on sustainability.
Here is our pick of libraries that deserve a visit at least once in your life.

Clementinum, Prague (Flickr Controtono)
Clementinum, Prague (Flickr Eduardo GC)
Library of Birmingham, England (Flickr micheal hughes)
Library of Birmingham, England (Flickr Tim Cornbill)
Central Library of Vancouver, Canada (Flickr Brandon Godfrey)
Central Library of Vancouver, Canada (Flickr Ross G. Strachan)
Stuttgart City Library, Germany (Flickr Frank)
Stuttgart City Library, Germany (Flickr Michael Kafka)
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (Flickr Cathy Hammer)
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (Flickr Ricardo Gomez)
Beitou Branch of the Taipei Public Library, Taiwan
Beitou Branch of the Taipei Public Library, Taiwan (Flickr rembklyn)
Marciana Library, Venice (Flickr Jan Sluijter)
Marciana Library, Venice (Flickr Gabriella Paolini)
Austrian National Library, Vienna (Flickr Leon Salcedo)
Austrian National Library, Vienna (Flickr Tine van Voorst)
The Royal Library Copenhagen, Denmark (Flickr Goran Kljutic)
Royal Portuguese Reading Room, Rio de Janeiro (Flickr Daniel Schwabe)
Royal Portuguese Reading Room, Rio de Janeiro (Flickr Henri Koga)
New York Public Library (Flickr Gareth Paxton)
New York Public Library (Flickr mesaphotography)

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