Some say libraries are obsolete in the age of information and technology, but for myself personally, libraries will always hold a special allure that fascinates me, and commands my admiration and respect.

So much knowledge; so many stories; so much imagination; so much history — all in one place — and as someone who was literally saved from depression, anxiety, and the growing contemplation of suicide — because I simply started dedicating serious time to reading and researching books — a library for me is a sacred place… a hospital for the broken mind… a church for the lost soul.

So I decided to put together a blog of some of the most amazing libraries from around the world for people who appreciate them as much as I do.

Enjoy!

H/T Bored Panda & Citi IO

ST. FLORIAN MONASTERY, AUSTRIA

Image Credit: Renate Dodell

Image Credit: Stift Saint Florian

Image Credit: Gerhard Trumler

THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Image credit: Sean Yan

Image Credit: Iztok Alf Kurnik

Image Credit: Olivier Martel Savoie

BIBLIOTECA REAL GABINETE PORTUGUES DE LEITURA, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

Image Credit: Michael Klug

Image Credit: Boris G

Image Credit: Hady Khandani

THE TIANJIN BINHAI LIBRARY, CHINA

Image Credits: MVRDV

THE AUSTRIAN NATIONAL LIBRARY

Image Credit: Richard Hopkins

Image Credit: onb.ac.at

TRINITY COLLEGE LIBRARY, DUBLIN, IRELAND

Image Credit: loki010

Image Credit: jponic

Image Credit: Lost At E  Minor

THE ADMONT LIBRARY, ADMONT, AUSTRIA

Image Credit: Benediktinerstift Admont

Image Credit: Jorge Royan

GEORGE PEABODY LIBRARY, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, USA

Image Credit: Matthew Petroff

Image Credit: Galdoughnut

HANDELINGENKAMER TWEEDE KAMER DER STATEN-GENERAAL DEN HAAG III, NETHERLANDS

 

Image Credit: Tweede Kamer

KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY

Image Credit: Stile Antinco

 

Image Credit: The Missouri Times

Image Credit: snapplejack

Image Credit: snapplejack

BIBLIOTHÈQUE NATIONALE DE FRANCE, PARIS, FRANCE

Image Credit: Franck Bohbot

THE IOWA STATE LAW LIBRARY, IOWA, USA

Image Credit: legis.iowa.gov

Image Credit: CNN

THE CITY LIBRARY, STUTTGART, GERMANY

Image Credit: Philipp Hilpert

BEINECKE RARE BOOK & MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY, YALE UNIVERSITY, CONNECTICUT, USA

Image Credit: Michael Marsland

Image Credit: Michael Marsland

VENNESLA LIBRARY, VENNESLA, NORWAY

Image Credit: Helen & Hard

Image Credit: de zeen

BIBLIOTHÈQUE MAZARINE, PARIS, FRANCE

Image Credit: Franck Bohbot

THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF CHINA, BEIJING, CHINA

Image Credit: Tian-yu Xiong

BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY, BOSTON

Image Credit: Franck Bohbot

THE GREAT LIBRARY OF THE REFORMED CHURCH COLLEGE OF SAROSPATAK – SAROSPATAK, HUNGARY

Image Credit: Áron Kovács

BIBLIOTHECA ALEXANDRINA, EGYPT

Image Credit: James Willis

Image Credit: Bibalex.org

EL ESCORIAL LIBRARY, SPAIN

Image Credit: el-escorio.com

CENTRAL LIBRARY OF NATIONAL AUTONOMOUS UNIVERSITY OF MEXICO

Image Credit: David Valencia

Image Credit: Chilango/Shutterstock

WIBLINGLEN ABBEY LIBRARY – ULM, GERMANY

Image Credit: Getty

BIBLIOTECA NAZIONALE MARCIANA, VENICE, ITALY

Image Credit: marciana.venezia.sbn.it

STATE LIBRARY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Image Credit: slsa.sa.gov

Image Credit: AdelaideConvention.com

NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

Image Credit: www.nypl.org

THE STRAHOV MONASTERY LIBRARY, PRAGUE

Image Credit: Alexandr Ukolov

So which one was your favorite? Did I miss any you think should’ve been included?

Please leave your comments below…

 

Written by Gavin Nascimento, Founder of aNewKindOfHuman.com

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