Libraries have such a special place in my heart! Growing up, I visited my tiny local library once a week every summer. I would raid the bookshelves and check out a pile of books (way above my reading level) and take the teetering stack home, only to read them all and come back the next week to do it all again. Libraries make books accessible to everyone, and they're a safe, quiet place to curl up with a good book!
I was thinking about it the other day and thought it would be fun to explore some libraries around the world.
Whether you're a writer or you simply love books, you'll want to check out these five drool-worthy libraries around the world. From ancient architecture to modern amenities, these libraries have something for everyone. So if you're looking for some inspiration (or just a good excuse to get out of the house), then be sure to add these destinations to your travel list!
Seattle Central Library - Seattle, WA
I love this library's modern design! It's the flagship library of the Seattle Public Library system, 11 stories of books and reading spaces. Next time I go to Seattle, I'm adding this to my destination list.
Biblioteca do Convento de Marfa - Marfa, Portugal
Also known as the Royal Building of Mafra, this library is a beautiful Baroque and Neoclassical construction built that was finished in 1755. I mean, look at that architecture! I wouldn't mind cuddling up with a good book in this beautiful space.
Abbey Library of St. Gall - St. Gallen, Switzerland
This beautiful medieval monastic library looks like a perfect place to admire both rare books and works of art. These walls have seen so much history!
George Peabody Library - Baltimore, Maryland
This library is connected to the John Hopkins University. Look at all those floors of books! This library also has an event space where you can host weddings, meetings, or corporate events. If only I had known that before I got married. I can't imagine a better destination wedding. ;)
Salt Lake City Public Library - Salt Lake City, Utah
I would be remiss if I didn't include my favorite library... the one that's 30 minutes from my house! This library is gorgeous, with tons of windows, spiral staircases, lots of green space outside, and public meeting rooms. I love spending time here!
There you have it! Five drool-worthy libraries to add to your bucket list. I could name a million more, but I wanted to keep this post short and sweet. Which one is your favorite? Or which one did I miss? Let me know in the comments below!