Check Out These 15 Spectacular Libraries All Over the World

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by Team Fathom

Check Out These 15 Spectacular Libraries All Over the World

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It can be hard to stay focused in a library when bookshelves burst with color, rare books rest under decorative archways, and wall patterns repeat ad infinitum. It’s okay. Let your eye wander.

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Royal Danish Library

Look for: Geometry in the Black Diamond.


Where: Copenhagen, Denmark.

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John Rylands Library

Look for: Stained glass windows and illuminated manuscripts.


Where: Manchester, England.

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Stuttgart City Library

Look for: Symmetry at Mailänder Platz.


Where: Stuttgart, Germany.

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Trinity College Library

Look for: The Long Room. Enough said.


Where: Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

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Biblioteca Vasconcelos

Look for: Floating stacks and references to Interstellar.


Where: Mexico City, Mexico.

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St. Catherine’s Monastery

Look for: First editions of Homer and Plato.


Where: South Sinai, Egypt.

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Kanazawa Umimirai Library

Look for: Readers complementing architecture.


Where: Kanazawa City, Japan.

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Rijksmuseum Research Library

Look for: Winding staircases, ladders, and hidden bookcase doors.


Where: Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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Library of Parliament

Look for: Floral patterns, flying buttresses, and Queen Victoria.


Where: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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Stockholm Public Library

Look for: Abstract geometry.


Where: Stockholm, Sweden.

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Royal Portuguese Reading Room

Look for: Wood and gold accents, spiraling pillars, and the skylight.


Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Look for: An uninterrupted view of eleven cascading floors.


Where: Alexandria, Egypt.

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Reading Club 2000

Look for: Library owner Hernando Guanlao delivering books by bike to children in poor communities.


Where: Manila, Philippines.

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Seattle Public Library

Look for: A neck pillow to sustain your skyward gaze.


Where: Seattle, Washington.

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New York Public Library

Look for: Light.


Where: New York City.