Most people probably think that libraries are all about being quiet, studying for tests and finding places to hang out with your friends… but there’s more to libraries than just that. Take these photos for example of incredible architecture and design.
No, these aren’t scenes from dramatic movies or prototypes of what libraries could look like. Each and every one of these formidable rooms exist somewhere in the world. They are home to books, knowledge and beauty… they aren’t your average public library.
1.) Beinecke Library
2.) Iowa State Capital Law Library
3.) Stuttgart City Library
4.) New York Public Library
5.) The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
6.) Melk Abbey
7.) University of Coimbra Library
8.) Prague Clementinum (National Library)
9.) The Vatican Apostolic Library
10.) George Peabody Library
11.) Zurich B2 Boutique Hotel
12.) Admont Abbey Library
13.) Our Lady of Einseldeln Archabbey Library
14.) The Austrian National Library
15.) Trinity College Library of Dublin
16.) The Providence Athenaeum
17.) Stockholm Public Library
Libraries aren’t just about getting shushed. They store and protect priceless knowledge around the world. Not only that, but people have spent centuries building beautiful libraries, letting their architecture be defined by these buildings. Absolutely incredible.
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