How The Best Libraries Look Like

When was the last time you were in the library? To be honest, I was there a couple of years ago. Modern technology has made us forget about the true temple of books. Let’s take a look, at least virtually, what the most beautiful libraries in the world look like!

Klementinum National Library in Prague

Just look at this miracle! Is this a library? You won`t believe, but yes! Ornate ceiling frescoes are made by Jan Hiebl. The library was opened in 1722 as a part of a Jesuit Univesity. The oldest weather recording in the area of the Czech lands started in Clementinum in the year 1775. The recording continues through the present day.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

It is a major library in Alexandria, Egypt. Due to the original Library of Alexandria housed the largest collection of books and manuscripts of its time and was regarded as the capital of knowledge before it was destroyed in a fire nearly 2,000 years ago. Lately, in the end of XXth century, it was designed by the Norwegian architecture firm. Currently the library has shelf space for eight million books, with the main reading room covering 20,000 square metres (220,000 sq ft). 

Austrian National Library in Vienna

The largest livrary in Austria has more than more than 12 million items in its various collections. The Library`s Hall has about 80 meters of a vibrant ceiling fresco made by by a painter Daniel Gran. The library includes four museums, multiple special collections and archives.

Bodleian Library


It is the main library of University of Oxford and one of the oldest libraries in Europe. The building itself was built between 1711 and 1715, originally to house the printing presses of the Oxford University Press. And only in 1975 it was given to the Bodleian Library. In November 2015 its collections topped 12 million items.

George Peabody Library

The Library, known as the Peabody Institute, is located in Amercian city Baltimore. It was funded by American financier and philantropist Georde Peabody. The main collection is focused mainly on the 19th century (mainly the collections constist of the books about religion,architecture, British art, topography and history; American history, literature, geography, exploration and travel. The building was designed by Baltimore architect Edmund G. Lind.

Beitou Public Library in Taipei

It is a public library in Beitou Park, located in Taipei, Taiwan. The lbrary is quite new, as it was opend in 2006. It is a two-storey eco-friendly building, which uses large windows to reduce the consumption of lighting electricity. 

Tama Art University Library

This beautiful library is located in Tokyo, Japan. It is the part of Tama Art University. The building was constructed using both steel and concrete. Open-access shelves have more than 100,000 books (mostly Japanese but also about 47,000 of foreign books).

Rampur Raza Library in Rampur

Located in Rampur, India, Raza library shows Indo-Islamic cultural heritage and also contains very valuable collection of manuscripts, historical documents and even illustrated works in Persian and Arab languages. It also has the original manuscript of the first translation of the Koran.

Stuttgart City Library

Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart is the public library located in Sttugart, Germany. In 2013 it has received the natonal award Library of the Year. The ideas were borrowed from the Pantheon in Rome, and a minimalist approach was taken to design a nine-story library with an open multi-story reading room in the shape of an upside-down pyramid.

Which library impressed you the most? Write in the comments!