Must-Visit Libraries Around the World
Library of Congress is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

1. Library of Congress

9.1
101 Independence Ave SE (btwn 1st & 2nd St SE), Washington, D.C.
Library · Southeast Washington · 186 tips and reviews

EE: Jefferson library is a must see. Also look for the quotes on the walls, very inspirational

Det Kongelige Bibliotek - Den Sorte Diamant is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

2. Det Kongelige Bibliotek - Den Sorte Diamant

9.3
Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1, København K, Capital Region
Library · Slotsholmen · 75 tips and reviews

Lori W.Lori Webb: The Royal Danish Library is a beautiful addition to the Copenhagen cityscape. Its glistening exterior & housing of rare national treasures, makes it truly a black diamond, as it is called in Danish.

Buddhadasa Indapanno Archives (BIA) is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

3. Buddhadasa Indapanno Archives (BIA)

9.4
(หอจดหมายเหตุพุทธทาส อินทปัญโญ)
Nikhom Rotfai Sai 2 Rd (at Rot Fai Park), Chatuchak, Bangkok
Library · 50 tips and reviews

Mini K.Mini Kiang: Good place to find Dhamma book. Peaceful place for mediation.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

4. Bibliotheca Alexandrina

9.1
(مكتبة الإسكندرية)
Emtedad Dr. Abd Al Hamid Sayed- Al Azaritah, Shatby, Alexandria
Library · 70 tips and reviews

IrinaIrina: Awe-inspiring architecture and many interesting historical objects throughout. Didn't have an opportunity to use it for its main purpose (study/read), but the building was created to impress.

Rikhardinkadun kirjasto is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

5. Rikhardinkadun kirjasto

9.3
Rikhardinkatu 3, Helsinki, Uusimaa
Library · Kaartinkaupunki · 14 tips and reviews

JoniJoni: Beautiful and pleasant place to take a break, curl up with the newspaper or a book, charge your phone, use the internet, or get some work done.

Folger Shakespeare Library is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

6. Folger Shakespeare Library

8.8
201 E Capitol St SE (at 2nd St SE), Washington, D.C.
Library · Capitol Hill · 13 tips and reviews

Michelin Travel & LifestyleMichelin Travel & Lifestyle: The Folger Shakespeare Library owns 79 of 240 first editions of the collected works of Shakespeare that are known to exist including the only known copy of Titus Andronicus. -- Green Guide Editor

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (LPA) is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

7. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (LPA)

8.7
40 Lincoln Center Plz (btwn 64th & 65th St), New York, NY
Library · Lincoln Square · 37 tips and reviews

VideoDanceTVVideoDanceTV: The Dance film archives are the BEST! Give yourself a treat and spend 2-3 hours viewing masterpieces! The library staff will 'wow' you with their expertise and suggestions.

Boston Athenaeum is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

8. Boston Athenaeum

9.3
10 1/2 Beacon St (at Park St), Boston, MA
Library · Beacon Hill · 14 tips and reviews

Elyse E.Elyse Estrada: Find a small publication bound in leathery light gray material. Titled Narrative of the Life of James Allen, it is a well-preserved book bound in the skin of its author.

Prunksaal der Nationalbibliothek is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

9. Prunksaal der Nationalbibliothek

9.0
Josefsplatz 1, Vienna, Vienna
Historic and Protected Site · Hofburg · 37 tips and reviews

AnaïsAnaïs: Over 200.000 books about the Hasbourg monarchy, the main hall seems like a dream. Franz Josef exhibition is held there and you can learn a lot about the eternal emperor.

Brand Library & Art Center is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

10. Brand Library & Art Center

9.1
1601 W Mountain St (at Grandview Ave), Glendale, CA
Library · 17 tips and reviews

Katherine M.Katherine M.: 5 Every Day says, "A temple to high culture that loans out sheet music, obscure design magazines, prints, and even vinyl records. Best enjoyed with a picnic blanket, in the sunshine, on the grounds." Read more.

Københavns Hovedbibliotek is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

11. Københavns Hovedbibliotek

8.9
Krystalgade 15, København K, Capital Region
Library · Indre By · 33 tips and reviews

Anne-SophieAnne-Sophie: Take a break from the city and come into this new architectural haven for Copenhagen's main library. Enjoy a coffee and a good read by the window

Los Angeles Public Library - Central is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

12. Los Angeles Public Library - Central

8.8
630 W 5th St (btwn Flower & Grand Ave), Los Angeles, CA
Library · Financial District · 77 tips and reviews

Doug d.Doug de Wet: If you're in the area and have time to explore, the second floor rotunda, which features a Lee Lawrie bronze Zodiac and large scale paintings by Julian Garnsey, is breathtaking.

Brooklyn Art Library is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

13. Brooklyn Art Library

28 Frost St (btwn Union Ave & Lorimer St), Brooklyn, NY
Library · Williamsburg · 18 tips and reviews

TingTing: Don't miss browsing here. Wonderful collection of sketchbooks. Definitey worth a stop.

State Library of New South Wales is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

14. State Library of New South Wales

8.9
Macquarie St, Sydney, NSW
Library · Martin Place · 38 tips and reviews

Urun T.Urun Tasci: Very well designed and beautiful.

Hibiya Library & Museum is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

15. Hibiya Library & Museum

8.8
(日比谷図書文化館)
日比谷公園1-4, Tokyo, Tokyo
Library · Kasumigaseki · 21 tips and reviews

m d.m d: Not only books, they have good facilities such as auditorium and exhibition space. Wide range of magazines there.

Biblioteca Nacional de Chile is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

16. Biblioteca Nacional de Chile

8.6
Alameda 651 (Mac-Iver), Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan
Library · Santa Lucia · 70 tips and reviews

Dominic T.Dominic Tam: Hidden gem. This national Library was built in a historic building completed in 1925 although its history traces to nineteenth century.Extensive collections include Chile's first newspaper.

San Mateo Main Library is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

17. San Mateo Main Library

8.9
55 W 3rd Ave (at Dartmouth Rd), San Mateo, CA
Library · Baywood · 18 tips and reviews

Richard L.Richard Liu: Balcony on the third floor is an excellent place to spend the afternoon when the weather's nice.

Mechanics' Institute is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

18. Mechanics' Institute

8.5
57 Post St (Btw Kearny St. & Lick Pl.), San Francisco, CA
Library · Downtown San Francisco-Union Square · 15 tips and reviews

Ali D.Ali Dagli: How can one go wrong with 150-year-old boutique library and the longest running chess club. Probably my most meaningful membership in the city.

Nashville Public Library is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

19. Nashville Public Library

8.8
615 Church St (btw 6th & 7th Ave), Nashville, TN
Library · 39 tips and reviews

Danny P.Danny Proctor: One of Nashville's true treasures. Although it's less than a decade old, it feels like someplace historical. Stunning architecture and helpful staff. Check out the Nashville Room! Awesome exhibits too

Centro Cultural Biblioteca Pública Julio Mario Santo Domingo is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

20. Centro Cultural Biblioteca Pública Julio Mario Santo Domingo

8.6
AC 170 67 - 51, Bogotá, Bogota D.C.
Library · Britalia · 38 tips and reviews

Felipe V.Felipe Vargas Jiménez: Very good library, the concerts are amazing, it's more than a library.

National Library of the Czech Republic is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

21. National Library of the Czech Republic

8.3
(Národní knihovna ČR)
Mariánské nám. 190/5 (Karlova 190/1), Prague, Capital City of Prague
Library · Staré Město · 30 tips and reviews

Theo A.Theo A: Go to the silent room where its cosy and warm during winter and watching snow from the window!

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

22. Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

8.4
340 N Senate Ave (in the Emelie Building), Indianapolis, IN
Library · Downtown Indianapolis · 5 tips and reviews

Jake S.Jake Smith: "Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God." - Kurt Vonnegut

National Library of Thailand is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

23. National Library of Thailand

7.9
(หอสมุดแห่งชาติ)
Samsen Rd., Dusit, Bangkok
Library · 38 tips and reviews

Meform N.Meform Ng: The most classic library in Bangkok! Very quiet and lots of books. Honestly, I love smell of the books in 2nd floor I don't know why lol

Biblioteca Palafoxiana is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

24. Biblioteca Palafoxiana

8.7
5 Oriente 5 (E/ Av. 16 de Septiembre y 2 Sur), Puebla, Puebla
Library · 50 tips and reviews

Becky H.Becky Hardgrave: Loved seeing all the old books and the smell of books. A true treasure.

Mirzoyan Library / Գրադարան is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

25. Mirzoyan Library / Գրադարան

8.9
10 Mher Mkrtchyan (Petros Adamyan), Yerevan, Yerevan
Library · Kentron · 26 tips and reviews

Anahit M.Anahit Musheghyan: Very unique art corner in the city. Super cool interior, nice staff, original menu. The place is good for events, presentations, screenings, etc.

BIBLIOTEKET is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

26. BIBLIOTEKET

8.6
Rentemestervej 76, København NV, Capital Region
Library · 5 tips and reviews

Ola D.Ola Dmit: Great place to work and study. Has creative workshops, like knitting and stencilling on the top floor.

Stadsarchief - De Bazel is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

27. Stadsarchief - De Bazel

8.5
Vijzelstraat 32, Amsterdam, North Holland
Library · Grachtengordel-Zuid · 18 tips and reviews

Koen v.Koen van der Spek: One of the openly hidden secrets off Amsterdam. Step inside the history of the city. (and the most part it's even free of charge)

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

28. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

8.8
4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
Library · North Oakland · 16 tips and reviews

Kellington R.Kellington Remonov: Go up to the non-fiction and spend some time sitting in an alcove overlooking the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. It's a great people-watching spot.

Evanston Public Library is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

29. Evanston Public Library

8.6
1703 Orrington Ave (at Church St.), Evanston, IL
Library · 18 tips and reviews

Evanston PLEvanston PL: Check out the "Ghost Writer" sculpture in the lobby - 2500 aluminum elements suspended by 900 wires. See the "face" from the 3rd floor.

Phoenix Public Library - Burton Barr Central Library is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

30. Phoenix Public Library - Burton Barr Central Library

8.7
1221 N Central Ave (S of McDowell Rd), Phoenix, AZ
Library · Downtown Phoenix · 34 tips and reviews

🌵Andrew K.🌵Andrew Kolikoff🌵: Contemporary exterior & interior. Entrance is memorable, esp. when you make the turn towards the elevators (that appear to sit on water). Be sure to look up. Really beautiful yet functional library.

Arquivo Nacional is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

31. Arquivo Nacional

8.1
Pç. da República, 173, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Library · Centro · 11 tips and reviews

Lucia C.Lucia Costa: Lindo demais

Biblioteca Brasiliana Guita e José Mindlin is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

32. Biblioteca Brasiliana Guita e José Mindlin

8.6
R. da Biblioteca, s/n (Cidade Universitária), São Paulo, SP
Library · Universidade de São Paulo · 26 tips and reviews

Pearson - Always LearningPearson - Always Learning: An important new library at USP, the biggest university in Brazil. José Mindlin an entrepreneur and lawyer donated all his books to the university.

Kansas City Public Library: Central Library is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

33. Kansas City Public Library: Central Library

8.5
14 W 10th St (at Baltimore Ave), Kansas City, MO
Library · 16 tips and reviews

Kaite S.Kaite Stover: Check out the life-size chess set on the rooftop & the two art galleries.

Institut Français de Casablanca is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

34. Institut Français de Casablanca

8.5
121-123 bd Zerktouni, Casablanca, Région du Grand Casablanca
Library · Maârif · 3 tips and reviews

Xenia T.Xenia Temchenko: We went to Casablanca for a day and we're looking for events. We went there for a concert and it was well-organized. Nice to find such places.

Tachikawa Manga Park is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

35. Tachikawa Manga Park

8.2
(立川まんがぱーく)
錦町3-2-26 (子ども未来センター 2F), Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo
Library · Tachikawa · 6 tips and reviews

xtortxtort: 朝から晩までマンガが400円で読み放題。軽食やアルコールもあり、趣味が合えば一日でも飽きないスポット。

Библиотека киноискусства им. С. М. Эйзенштейна is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

36. Библиотека киноискусства им. С. М. Эйзенштейна

7.6
ул. Каретный Ряд, 5/10, Moscow, Moscow
Library · Tverskoy · 15 tips and reviews

Анна И.Анна Иванова: Чудесное место! Принесла книги по киноискусству и взяла с полки буккроссинга Булычева и Лукьяненко.

Enoch Pratt Free Library - Central Library is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

37. Enoch Pratt Free Library - Central Library

8.0
400 Cathedral St (at W Mulberry St.), Baltimore, MD
Library · Downtown Baltimore · 30 tips and reviews

Lyn-Heather B.Lyn-Heather Bell: The place is just grand.

Biblioteca Joanina is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

38. Biblioteca Joanina

Pátio das Escolas da Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Distrito de Coimbra
College Library · 22 tips and reviews

Özgür B.Özgür Benli: One of the most beautiful libraries of the world, breath taking😳👍

Universitetsbiblioteket is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

39. Universitetsbiblioteket

8.1
Helgonabacken, Lund, Skåne
Library · 3 tips and reviews

Grazyna O.Grazyna O: This place is amazing. Knowledge stacked in bookshelves. They can get you any book.

Real Gabinete Português de Leitura is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

40. Real Gabinete Português de Leitura

8.9
R. Luís de Camões, 30, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Library · Centro · 62 tips and reviews

PureWowPureWow: Built in the late 1880s, this Rio de Janeiro library houses more than 350,000 books on its stunning Gothic shelves. Read more.

George Peabody Library is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

41. George Peabody Library

8.6
17 E Mount Vernon Pl, Baltimore, MD
Library · Mount Vernon · 15 tips and reviews

David H.David Holtz: This is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. A must see when in Baltimore.

Trinity College Old Library & The Book of Kells Exhibition is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

42. Trinity College Old Library & The Book of Kells Exhibition

9.0
Sean Leabharlann Choláiste na Tríonóide & Taispeántas Leabhar Cheanannais, Dublin, Dublin City
College Library · Trinity College Dublin · 142 tips and reviews

Ashley K.Ashley Kemper: Definitely buy your tickets online to avoid waiting in a huge line. (Pro tip: you can buy on your phone when you get there.) The Book of Kells has a cool history, but the Long Room is amazing!

New York Public Library is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

43. New York Public Library

9.2
476 5th Ave (at W 42nd St), New York, NY
Library · 529 tips and reviews

Sergio L.Sergio López: Somehow, the 80 people together in a huge room of this Library manage how to keep the quietness of the whole building. It's an awesome place to do some work or simply chill out. A monument to books!

The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

44. The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts

8.9
(東京藝術大学 大学美術館)
上野公園12-8 (東京藝術大学 上野キャンパス), Taitō, Tokyo
Art Museum · 7 tips and reviews
Bibliothèque Mazarine is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

45. Bibliothèque Mazarine

7.9
23 quai de Conti (Place de l'Institut), Paris, Île-de-France
Library · 7 tips and reviews

Stefy C.Stefy Cavicchi: Très chic..

Stadtbibliothek am Mailänder Platz is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

46. Stadtbibliothek am Mailänder Platz

8.9
Mailänder Platz 1, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
Library · Mitte · 29 tips and reviews

GloGlo: Beautiful architectural design! Loved the interior. I also enjoyed the bits of its collection that I saw. I could have easily spent a day there. (nerdy tourist from the U.S.)

Vancouver Public Library is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

47. Vancouver Public Library

8.9
350 West Georgia St (btwn Homer & Hamilton), Vancouver, BC
Library · Downtown Vancouver · 75 tips and reviews

Neil B.Neil Bruder: Wonderful gathering place in downtown Vancouver. Once they complete the reno's to open up they rooftop it's going to be amazing!

Seattle Central Library is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

48. Seattle Central Library

9.2
1000 4th Ave (btwn Madison & Spring), Seattle, WA
Library · Seattle Central Business District · 152 tips and reviews

Daniel P.Daniel Plemmons: The map room is particularly cool. Obviously the architecture is great inside and out.

Library of Birmingham is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

49. Library of Birmingham

8.8
Centenary Sq (Broad St), Birmingham, West Midlands
Library · 51 tips and reviews

Elliott B.Elliott Brown: 10 floors. 2 hidden gardens on balconies. Free wifi. A cafe on ground floor with mezzanine above. Link to the REP. Shakespeare memorial room at the top! Great for tourists! Great for photography!

Bodleian Library is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

50. Bodleian Library

Broad St (Catte St), Oxford, Oxfordshire
College Library · 35 tips and reviews

Andy M.Andy Macdermott: Check the Divinity room for all you Harry Potter crazies out there! They filmed a few scenes in their including the Infirmary and Dance lesson scene! Nothing more 'historic' to add I'm afraid!

臺北市立圖書館北投分館 Taipei Public Library Beitou Branch is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

51. 臺北市立圖書館北投分館 Taipei Public Library Beitou Branch

9.0
光明路251號, Taipei
Library · Běitóu Qū · 17 tips and reviews

Albert W.Albert Wang: Designed by one of the top architects (郭英釗) in Taiwan. Visually relaxing & green design. A great place to spend an afternoon. Read more.

Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF) is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

52. Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF)

9.0
Quai François Mauriac, Paris, Île-de-France
Library · 36 tips and reviews

Saïd A.Saïd Abedi: Nice place to visit, great architecure (it's like a book) and you can even visit the inner part and some exhibitions !

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (Grande Bibliothèque) is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

53. Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (Grande Bibliothèque)

9.2
475, boul. de Maisonneuve Est (coin Berri), Montreal, QC
Library · Ville-Marie · 53 tips and reviews

Julie-Anne P.Julie-Anne Perrault: The best library in town: so much to discover! Plus, it´s elegant and calm. Ideal to read, study, write, or simply daydream.

Russian State Library is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

54. Russian State Library

7.2
(Российская государственная библиотека)
ул. Воздвиженка, 3/5 (Моховая ул.), Moscow, Moscow
Library · Arbat · 224 tips and reviews

Ben B.Ben Baron: An amazing library with special collections tucked into hidden corners. Visit the cafeteria in the basement.

State Library of South Australia is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

55. State Library of South Australia

8.9
North Tce, Adelaide, SA
Library · 12 tips and reviews

Jo L.Jo L: The Mortlock wing is a must-visit!

Biblioteca Nacional de España is one of Must-Visit Libraries Around the World.

56. Biblioteca Nacional de España

9.0
P. de Recoletos, 20, Madrid, Community of Madrid
Library · Recoletos · 53 tips and reviews

Enforex S.Enforex Schools: It's the largest library in the Spanish-speaking world and is responsible for identifying, preserving, conserving and promoting information about Spain's cultural heritage. Read more.