Photographs of Beautiful Libraries

Everyone has some kind of place that makes them feel transported to a magical realm. For some people it’s castles with their noble history and crumbling towers. For others it’s abandoned factories, ivy choked, a sense of foreboding around every corner. For me, there has always been something about libraries. Row after row, shelf after shelf, there is nothing more magical than a beautiful old library.

Vennesla Library and Culture House, designed by Helen & Hard, Vennesla, Norway [via]

Central Public Library, Vancouver, Canada [via]

Kanazawa Umimirai Library, Kanazawa City, Japan [via]


Bristol Central Library, Bristol, UK [via and via]

The Royal Danish Library (the Black Diamond), designed by Schmidt, Hammer & Lassen, Copenhagen, Denmark [via]

The Peckham Library, designed by William Alsop and Jan Störmer, South London [via]


Stuttgart City Library, Stuttgart, Germany [via]

Central Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus of OMA/LMN, Seattle [via]

Sendai Mediatheque, designed by Toyo Ito, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan [via]


Angelica Library, Rome, Italy [via]

National Library, Belarus [via]

Library of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt [via]


Rijksmuseum Research Library, Amsterdam [via]

National Library, Site Richelieu, Paris, France [via]

New York Public Library, New York City [via]

Villanueva Public Library, Villanueva, Colombia [via]

Royal Portuguese Reading Room, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil [via and via]

The Media Library and Cultural Centre, designed by Barbotin + Gresham Architects, Lisses, France [via]

Connemara Public Library Chennai, Chennai, India [via]

The Los Angeles Central Library in Los Angeles, California [via]

José Vasconcelos Library in México City, Mexico [via]

Stockholm Public Library [via]

Amsterdam Public Library [via and via]

Old Market Library, Min Buri, Bangkok [via]