The most beautiful libraries in the world

George Peabody Library

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Bibliothèque Méjanes in Aix-en-Provence

Guarded by three giant-sized French classics

The Geisel Library San Diego

Named after Theodore Geisel – the creator of Dr Seuss

Abbey Library of Saint Gall


At Chicago’s Joe and Rika Mansueto Library,

robotic arms retrieve books from the underground storage system

The Royal Portuguese Reading Room

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Rome’s Pontifical Lateran University

The shallow ramps holding bookshelves are reflected by the lines of its exterior

Library of El Escorial Monastery,

Madrid Spain

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Handelingenkamer Library

The Hague, Netherlands

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