How can you possibly read when you're inside one of these buildings?
The jaw-dropping interior of the in Rio De Janerio, Brazil, is designed in the Neo-Manueline style, one that is reminiscent of Gothic cathedrals. says that since its completion in 1887, the library has amassed 350,000 volumes, which line the walls from floor to ceiling.
Located in Dublin, is the largest library in Ireland. The main room, known as the Long Room, was built in 1712 and is over 200 feet long. The hall holds 200,000 of the oldest books in the library.
The in Stuttgart, Germany was built in 2011, making it one of the newer libraries on this list. The library's state of the art technologies and design cost €79 million, or a whopping $86 million. The library is located in Mailänder Platz, which is to be a popular neighborhood in years to come.
The in Vienna, Austria, dates back to the middle ages and holds a collective 7 million items. Along with its enormous collection of texts, the structure also holds five museums, making this the largest library in Austria.
Once known as Teatro Gran Splendid, this incredible auditorium located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was built as a theater in May 1919. Over 80 years later, in 2000, the building was into , a breathtaking book store bringing in millions of customers each year.
From the outside, in Madrid, Spain looks like a royal castle, but it is actually a Spanish monastery — one of the largest in the world. The library located inside features stunning art and architecture from floor to ceiling, including hand painted frescoes throughout. The complex also serves as a museum and a school.
The in the United Kingdom, opened just three years ago, but has already amassed such a large annual number of visitors that it was ranked the 11th most visited place in the UK, according to the . Its post-modern architecture can be seen in both the interior and exterior of the building's design.
Prague is known for its picturesque city design, and its library is no exception. According to , the Klementinum, or the , is the largest library in the Czech Republic. Home to 6 million texts and other documents, the building was opened in the early 1700s as part of a Jesuit University, and later became the nation's official library.
The breathtaking interiors of the in Admont, Austria are true to classic baroque style and manifest the Enlightenment Age ideas of 1776, the year of its completion. As the world's largest monastery library, the building not only holds historic religious texts, but is also home to frescoes, sculptures, and thousands of manuscripts and printed works.
As if you needed another reason to visit, the in Paris, France, is the avid reader's dream come true. The library holds around two million documents, some dating back to the 13th century. It's only a short walk from the Notre Dame cathedral, so it's a must-see on your next trip to the City of Love.
At Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, the is more than just a few bookshelves. This 300,000-book library is known for its ornate five-story, Greek-revival interior — a space so breathtaking it's often used for wedding receptions. We imagine studying for finals isn't so bad when you have a table in this gorgeous space.
The Library of Parliament in Ottawa, Canada, serves as the primary research library for the Parliament of Canada. According to the Government of Canada's , exactly 40 years after its completion, a fire destroyed most of the parliament building— with the exception of the library. And thanks to the fireproof materials used in its construction, the historical government documents were preserved.
The is located in the state's capitol building in Des Moines. The four-story library is famous for its lace-like balconies and winding stairs, which line the perimeter of the building. The original gas fixtures from the early 20th century light the space, although they are now rewired to use electricity.