7 Of The Most Beautiful Libraries In The World That Will Make Studying Exciting

There’s something magical about libraries. Sure, they are often synonymous of long hours studying for exams, but they are also a treasure chest of history and will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. We tracked down the most beautiful ones around the world, including one located in a medieval monastery and a hyper-modern reinterpretation…

1. Royal Portuguese Reading Room – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil


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This library, known as Real Gabinete Português da Leitura, is an hidden treasure in the city centre of Brazil’s capital. The spectacular reading room has a glass dome and wooden galleries and its bookshelves hold the largest collection of Portuguese literature outside of Portugal.

2.  Stiftsbibliothek – Admont Abbey, Austria


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This stunning library is the largest monastery library in the world and is famous for its Baroque architecture, art and manuscripts. We can’t help but think it’s very “Accidentally Wes Anderson”…

3. Duke Humfrey’s Library – Oxford, United Kingdom


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This should be enough to get you excited: Duke Humfrey’s Library was featured as Hogwarts’ library in the Harry Potter films. It’s still in use by students today and you can explore it on a guided tour yourself.

4. Livraria Lello – Porto, Portugal


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Harry Potter and libraries seem to go hand in hand: J.K Rowling was a loyal customer of Porto’s Livraria Lello. In fact, it is rumoured to have inspired the series’ Flourish and Blotts bookshop. Another feature that makes this library unique is it’s spectacular Art Nouveau staircase pictured above.

5. Public Library – Stuttgart, Germany


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 Stuttgart’s library is as modern and minimal as they come: picture a monolithic cube held in immaculate white, with levels connected by criss-crossed staircases. This is definite must-visit for design and book lovers alike.

6. Rijksmuseum Library – Amsterdam, The Netherlands


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 Cuypers Library inside Amsterdam’s famous Rijksmuseum is the largest and oldest art history library in the Netherlands. Thousands of books crowd the aesthetically-pleasing shelves, making it a popular tourist attraction as well as a resourceful study spot.

7. Klementinum Library – Prague,Czech Republic


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 Warning: the high Baroque ceilings, rows of antique globes and twirling pillars might distract you from your studies at the Klementinum. Although it was opened no less than 463 years ago, it still remains one of the most beautiful libraries in the world today.


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