There are far worse things in life than getting lost in a library. And for bookworms, stumbling upon some of the world’s most beautiful libraries can be quite an epic experience. Bibliophile or not, here are seven the most stunning and awe-inspiring libraries and where to find them.
Abbey Library of Saint Gall (St. Gallen, Switzerland)
The Convent of St. Gall is one of the remarkable landmarks in St. Gallen. The abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. It is home to a library that boasts of a 170,000-strong collection of books, many of which can be found in its beautiful Baroque hall. The library’s aesthetics combined with its impressive collection of manuscripts, books, and other literary works make it an idyllic place for book nerds and literary fans to explore.
Admont Abbey Library (Admont, Austria)
The library of Admont Abbey holds the distinction of being the largest monastery library in the world. From beautiful cupola and ceiling frescoes, sculptures, and collection of manuscripts, this breathtaking library is a sight to behold.
General Library of University of Coimbra (Coimbra, Portugal)
Biblioteca Geral or the General Library of the University of Coimbra has two buildings one of which houses the Biblioteca Joanina (Joanina Library) which dates back to 1725. The library has three floors namely the Noble Floor, Academic Prison, and the Intermediate Floor.
Bibliotheque Nationale de France (Paris, France)
Bibliotheque Nationale de France is the National Library of France. It houses 14 million books and other works such as manuscripts, maps, a wide array of documents, and so much more. The Richelieu-Louvois Library boasts of an impressive reading room not to mention the amazing collection of literary works.
Clementinum National Library (Prague, Czech Republic)
The Clementinum is a complex consisting of different buildings that boasts of several attractions including the Astronomical Tower and the stunning Baroque Library Hall. The library features breathtaking frescoes and a collection of rare globes.
The Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination (Connecticut, USA)
Jay Walker’s Private Library or the Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination is located in Ridgefield, Connecticut. It is a beautiful wooden library teeming with artifacts. Some of its remarkable features include the stairways, “floating” platforms, and a wide selection of artworks among many others.
Wiblingen Monastery Library (Ulm, Germany)
The Wiblingen Monastery is a former Benedictine abbey. The Baroque architecture is just one of the abbey’s impressive features. The library’s gorgeous Rococo interior boasts of an intricately design gallery. Its breathtaking ceiling frescoes and statues add to the awe-inspiring aesthetics that make it one of the most stunning libraries in the world.
For most people, books are only meant for those who they categorize as nerds or geeks.
But you know what?
Books are meant for everyone, even for those who categorize themselves as cool or popular.
And you know what?
The only reason why most people think of such thing is because they don’t know how to find a good book to read – one that will not only make them stay wide awake the entire night, but also one that will make them feel things they never thought were possible for those who are not really into reading books.
That being said, here are some tips for you:
Check out web series.
If books are being adapted into box-office movies and high-rated TV shows, it won’t be surprising for others to also make a web series based on books. Some of the most popular ones in today’s generation include The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, which is based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice; Frankenstein, M.D., which is based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; Nothing Much To Do, which is based on Shakespeare’s novels; and The Autobiography of Jane Eyre, which is based on Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.
Check out movie franchises.
There’s Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series, both of which were played by Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in the movie adaptations. There’s also Tris Prior and Tobias Eaton of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, both of which were played by Shailyn Woodley and Theo James in the movie adaptations. Let’s not forget The Lord of The Rings series, which was divided into three movies – including the spin-off novel, The Hobbit, which was also divided into three movies.
Indeed, there are lots of good books to read.
To find one, you just need to look at the right places.
And yes, this goes for both nerd or geeks and cool or popular…