Gr8at: #BeautifulLibraries

I haven’t been doing much reading as I’ve been busy writing. But if I was in one of these liteart sanctuaries, that would definitely change! Here are eight of the world’s most beautiful libraries from all around the world. Do you have a favourite?


Tianjin Binhai in China. The futuristic-looking library opened in 2017 and covers 362,744 square feet.

George Peabody Award

The George Peabody Library is the 19th-century focused research library of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA.


The Long Room IV at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Founded in 1592, it has six million volumes.

Portuegese reading room

The Royal Portuguese Reading Room, Rio de Janeiro. It was opened in 1887 and has 6,000 new titles every year.

Prague library

The Klementinum is in Prague. Inspired by Baroque architecture, it was opened in 1722 as part of the Jesuit university, and houses over 20,000 books.

Seattle library

Seattle Public Library’s Central Branch in Washington, USA. Designed by by Dutch architect Rem KoolhaasIt opened in 2004.

Portugal library

The Biblioteca do Convento de Mafra in Portugal. The collection of books goes from the 15th to the 19th century.

Naples library

The Girolamini Oratory in Naples, Italy is in a church which has been open to the public since 1556.

14 thoughts on “Gr8at: #BeautifulLibraries

  1. I’d still have trouble – in any of them – selecting something to read. The person in the Chinese Library looks to be about 1/3 the way through reading all those banned books!

  2. My favorite job ever was working at my university library. It was a beautiful place too. But nothing like these. These are fascinating! Thank you Alex! Happy to hear you’re writing!

  3. Gorgeous places! Another interesting one is Lello Library, Porto, Portugal, a jewel which I visited a couple of years ago. I wrote a post about it on my blog ☺️

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