“The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto! I went this fall and the whole experience was mind blowing. Not only is the library beautiful, but you can request and have access to most of their collections while visiting. On our trip we saw Shakespeare’s first folio, as well as many of Margaret Atwood’s original manuscripts (and her first self published book!!) and a Book of Hours from the 15th century (could have been the 14th — there was a lot that day!)” —Melissa Hudson (Facebook)
“Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart in Stuttgart, Germany. It’s essentially a perfectionist’s dream of what every library should look like.” —melissan406bf75c0
“The Strahov Library in Prague!!! You can’t actually sit down and read, but it is one of the most pleasing locations a book lover could set eyes on!” —kateh4897e321c
“The Beinecke Library in New Haven, Connecticut. They always have rare books and folios on display, and the interior temperature controlled room is too cool.” —lsheabailey
“Biblioteca Vasconcelos in Mexico City. Went there last summer, it’s amazing. My picture doesn’t do it justice.” —AnaE20
“The Salt Lake City Library! It is gorgeous and feels like something Willy Wonka would create.” —straytray
“The Library of Congress. Home to a Gutenberg bible, every book in circulation, and countless masterpieces. Every American must visit once in their lives.” —cjsamsky
17. Boston Public Library, Boston
“The Librairie Avant Garde in Nanjing, China! It’s hidden in an underground carpark in an abandoned bomb shelter, and perfectly mixes books and literature in with history, culture, and a super cool Chinese indie vibe. There’s artwork everywhere, quotes etched into pillars, and every book you can think of translated into Chinese.” —Kalli McCoy (Facebook)
*Technically this is a bookstore, not a library, but the shop welcomes people who just want to browse and read for hours, and owner Qian Xiaohua has called it “the second library for university students.”
19. Your local library
“Every book lover needs to visit their own local library. Yes, there are beautiful libraries all over the world, but every book lover should be familiar with their local. Not just which books are there but what the library can offer them. Where the best place is to read, study, or sit in quiet contemplation. Which staff to avoid and which to go to for information, a good read, or just a friendly chat. These libraries are dedicated to lifelong learning and offer more than just books. By supporting your local library, you support a community.” —Penelope Masters (Facebook)
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