|The Beinecke Rare Book Library at Yale University in the US. The outer marble walls|
appear to be glowing gold because the material is thin enough to let sunlight through.
Photo via Lauren Manning
Join me as I review my favorite destination libraries, won't you?
Real Gabinete Portuguès de Leitura - Brazil
Gilded accents and a striking teal color on the walls? I like your style, Brazil. The 19th Century building holds the largest Portuguese literature collection outside of Portugal and is a must tour when you're in the South American country.
Klementinium Library - Czech Republic
|via Chris Bartle|
Hmmm. Do you think I'd get thrown out if I refrained from taking pictures and instead ran around like a mad woman, spinning the globes and yelling in my best soap opera voice, "As the world turns..."?
Bibliotheca Alexandrina - Egypt
|via Ting Chen|
|via Dain Sandoval|
AND YOU GUYS, IT'S SURROUNDED BY WATER, YOU KNOW, JUST IN CASE!
Biblioteca Central - Mexico
Normally, I'm all about "it's what's inside is what counts" but the exterior of the Central library at National Autonomous University of Mexico is so striking. Look at that artwork!
Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Spain
|via Thomas Nemeskeri|
George Peabody Library - Baltimore, Maryland, USA
|via Matthew Petroff|
|via Robert Burakiewicz|
Liyuan Library - China
Harold Washington Library - Chicago, Illinois, USA
|via Patrick Emerson|
|via Spiro Bolos|
Biblioteca Malatestiana - Italy
|via Hari Seldon|
|via Massimiliano Calamelli|
Forget visiting Italian vineyards, I'd rather spend time in the oldest public library in Europe. The books here are all chained in place, so instead of the books coming to you, you change seats to view the next text.
Suzzallo Library - Seattle, Washington, USA
|via Michael Matti|
Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève - France
Österreichische Nationalbibliothek - Austria
|via Tina Monumentalia|
The Library of Congress - Washington, D.C., USA
|via Forsaken Fotos|
So, uh, what's the statute of limitations on that sorta mischief anyway? Asking for a friend.
Gladstone's Library - Wales
Though Gladstone's might not appear to be as grand a library as others on this list, trust me, you'll want to visit because you can sleep there. Yes, you read that right. YOU CAN SLEEP THERE. It's a residential library. Let's go right now! The modest price includes breakfast.