16 Incredible Libraries From Around the World

These wonderful libraries both new and old might distract you from your reading.

16 Incredible Libraries From Around the World
Bibliothèque Nationale De France, Paris, France and George Peabody Library, Baltimore, Maryland, USA 1,2

The first libraries in the world were collections of texts written on clay tablets. Some of these archives discovered in Sumer (modern-day southern Iraq) date back as far as 2600 BC.

In the classical period the Library of Alexandria, in Egypt, functioned as a major center for academia. It existed from the 3rd century BC until the Roman conquest of Egypt in 30 BC.

Throughout the centuries since, libraries have played an important role in many cities not only as places of places for books but as meeting and study centers. They were and still are often designed to show off the architecture of the time and as a cultural centre-point.

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Even though e-books and digital archives have taken over in many places, libraries themselves are still important places for quiet research and reflection. 

Read on for a list of beautiful libraries across the globe. If you have some other suggestions, let us know in the comments.

1. Bibliothèque Nationale De France, Paris, France

Bibliothèque Nationale De France, Paris, France
Source: Wikimedia Commons

2.The City Libary, Stuttgart, Germany 

The City Libary, Stuttgart, Germany 
Source: Stuttgart National Library/Flickr

3. George Peabody Library, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

George Peabody Library, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Source: Patrick Gillespie/Flickr

4. The National Library Of Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

16 Incredible Libraries From Around the World
Source: BrunoDelzant/Flickr

5. Biblioteca Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura

Biblioteca Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura
Source: Wikimedia Commons

 6. The National Library Of China, Beijing, China

The National Library Of China, Beijing, China
Source: Flickr/IQRemix

 7. Budapest University Of Technology And Economics (bme), Hungary

Budapest University Of Technology And Economics (bme), Hungary
Source: Wikimedia Commons/Veres Dalma

8. Trinity College Library - Dublin - Ireland

Trinity College Library - Dublin - Ireland
Source: Wikimedia Commons

 9. Royal Site Of San Lorenzo De El Escorial Library, S. Lorenzo De El Escorial, Spain

Royal Site Of San Lorenzo De El Escorial Library, S. Lorenzo De El Escorial, Spain
Source: Wikimedia Commons

10. Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt
Source: Wikimedia Commons/Cecioka

11. New York Public Library, New York

New York Public Library, New York
Source: Travis Wise/Flickr

12. Phillips Exeter Academy Library, New Hampshire, U.S

Phillips Exeter Academy Library, U.S
Source: Wikipedia Commons/Gunnar Klack

 13. Kanazawa Umimirai Library, Kanazawa City, Japan

Kanazawa Umimirai Library, Kanazawa City, Japan
Source: Wikimedia Commons/Asturio Cantabrio

 14. Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, Connecticut, USA

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, Connecticut, USA
Source: Wikipedia Commons/Michael Kastelic

15. Stormen Public Library in Bodø, Norway

Stormen Public Library in Bodø, Norway
Source: Wikipedia Commons/Alicia Fagerving

16. Stockholm Public Library, Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm Public Library, Stockholm, Sweden
Source: Wikipedia Commons/Arild Vågen

 

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