The 8 Most Amazing Libraries On The Planet

Tianjin Binhai Library, China

Opened in 2017, this ultra-modern library has futuristic design, undulating shelves, a giant spherical atrium, and space for 1.2 million books. Some shelves feature printed panels instead of real books.

Old Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, England

Dating back to 1602, this library holds over 13 million volumes. It is second in size only to the British Library in London and offers guided tours and exhibitions showcasing its fascinating materials.

National Library of Latvia, Riga

Designed by Gunnar Birkert, this triangular library contrasts Riga s old town. Known as The Castle of Light, it offers cultural events and guided tours bookable via its website.

New York Public Library, USA

Opened in 1911, this Beaux-Arts building has appeared in movies like Breakfast at Tiffany s and Ghostbusters. The library offers free admission and numerous free events and exhibitions.

Stuttgart City Library, Germany

Opened in 2011, this modern, minimalist library features clean lines, white walls, and zigzagging staircases. The eighth level has a literature café, art collection, and a 360-degree rooftop view.

Strahov Monastery Library, Prague, Czech Republic

Located atop Petrin Hill, this library boasts two frescoed halls filled with antique globes and thousands of books. Visitors must view the beautiful Baroque architecture from the doorway.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt

A modern marvel designed by Snohetta, it honors the ancient Library of Alexandria. The complex includes a striking reading room, several museums, and hosts various cultural events.

Boston Public Library, USA

Established in 1895, it was the first large free municipal library in the US. It holds over 23 million items, including manuscripts and musicians scores. Free guided tours are available.