For book lovers, libraries are the most wonderful places in the world. If you enjoy reading, you should never miss visiting the legendary libraries that not only look wonderful but also house some rare collections of books from around the world.
1. Admont Abbey Library, Austria
If you are religious, you will fall in love instantly with the Admont Abbey library in Austria, the largest monastery library. It was built in 1776 and it houses 70,000 volumes of monastery literature. When you look up at the ceiling, you will find numerous frescoes that depict human knowledge including Divine Revelation.
2. The Royal Library of Copenhagen, Denmark
This library nicknamed as Black Diamond is the largest library found in the Nordic countries. Right from the first Danish book printed in 1482, this library holds almost all the books ever printed in Danish. Unlike conventional libraries, this library is located at the waterside, allowing students to relax with a book in hand soaking up the sun.
3. Trinity College Library, Ireland
This library of University of Dublin and Trinity College is the only library in Ireland called as copyright library. All books and periodicals that request copyright protection must send a copy of the publication to get copyrights. The most popular book of this library is the Book of Kells, created by the Celtic monks during the year 800.
4. The Royal Portuguese Reading Room, Brazil
The Portuguese immigrants wanted to create a massive library when they moved to Brazil and this resulted in the creation of the Royal Portuguese Reading Room. This library has the largest collection of Portuguese literature and it is not in Portugal. Built in 1837, this library features a limestone façade that was originally shipped from Lisbon.
5. The National Library of China , China
The National Library of China, located in Beijing is the largest library in Asia. Apart from a massive collection of books that can impress research scholars, this library also has an amazing construction aimed at providing unobtrusive reading experience.
6. Abbey Library of Saint Gall, Switzerland
One of the oldest monastery libraries in the world, the Abbey Library of Saint Gall is renowned as a World Heritage Site. This library has more than 170,000 volumes of literature and pre-1900 books must be read on the site. Some of the books in this library were created in the 8th century.
7. New York Public Library, New York
The New York Public Library system is actually a collection of 93 branches of libraries all over Manhattan, Staten Island and the Bronx. The main branch on the fifth avenue has appeared in various movies. The amazingly lit library has numerous books in the fields of computer science, law and much more.
8. Strahov Monastery library, Czech Republic
If you want to read something on theology, you must go to the Strahov Monastery library which houses 3000 original manuscripts among its collection of 200,000 volumes.
9. Bibliotheque Sainte Genevieve, France
When it was constructed in 1850, this library was one of the most modern constructions with unique architecture and iron piping. This elegant library is called as Temple of Knowledge and Space for Contemplation.
10. Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Canada
As the name implies, this library is one of the largest collection of rare books and artifacts housed in one of the most modern architectural structure. This library has the Babylonia cuneiform tablet that dates back to 1789 BC. It also has the largest collection of works on labor movements.