Trinity College Library, Ireland

Bristol Central Library, England

An unique combination of architectural styles (Tudor, Modern and Classic...)

Bibliothéque Nationale de France

On the famous Rue de Richelieu

El Escorial, Spain

The vaulted ceilings were painted with gorgeous frescoes, each representing one of the seven liberal arts.

Abbey Library of St. Gallen, Switzerland

The oldest in Switzerland and a World Heritage Site, it holds volumes that date as far as the 8th century.

Clementium National Library, Czech Republic

Home to a unique collection of Mozart's personal effects.

The Library of the San Francisco Monastery, Peru

25,000 extremely rare volumes.

The Library of the Parliament, Canada

This unique Gothic building is featured on the Canadian ten-dollar bill.

The Palafoxiana Library, Mexico

The first public library in Mexico and maybe in the Americas. Home to 41,00 books and manuscripts.

The State Library, Australia

The library houses over 5 million items, including 2 million books and 1.1. million photographs.

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Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on August 8, 2014 at 4:04am

I will be taking some people to see the Book of Kells in Trinity, Dublin tomorrow.

Comment by Ed on August 8, 2014 at 8:51am

Love those huge globes! 

Comment by Unseen on August 8, 2014 at 1:10pm

Think of all the additional books all that opulence might have purchased.

Comment by Belle Rose on August 8, 2014 at 2:33pm

So amazing

Comment by Diane on August 8, 2014 at 7:10pm

Thanks for sharing.  Those libraries make the world a better place.

Comment by James Cox on August 12, 2014 at 5:07pm

The library at the Benedictine Abbey, Mount Angel, Oregon, is very nice also. If memory serves, built by a French architect, name escapes me... 

Comment by Unseen on August 12, 2014 at 5:36pm

@James Cox - That Benedictine Abbey is pretty impressive, considering it's an abbey library. Is it associated with a college or university as well, or just an abbey? Anyway, I'm not surprised. Between Catholicism and Protestantism, the Catholics have always had a more intellectual tradition. Many of the great early scholars were churchmen.

Comment by Noel on August 12, 2014 at 5:53pm
I can almost smell the mahogany and leather... Beautiful. I love, love library's.
Comment by James Cox on August 13, 2014 at 4:16pm


No sure about the library classification. It is open to the public and worthy a long visit. I have also gone to the abbey's vespers a few times. The meditation room with their Russian Icon collection and St Benedict statue, is a great place to sit and collect your thoughts. I was raised Catholic, but my philosophy and science training generate more questions than answers as to religion. The sacred and transcendent still engage at some intellectual level, but life is what it is....  


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