Check Out These 15 Spectacular Libraries All Over the World
by Team Fathom
Train your eyes outside the books. Photo by Derek Winterburn / Flickr.
It can be hard to stay focused in a library when bookshelves burst with color, rare books rest under decorative archways, and wall patterns repeat ad infinitum. It's okay. Let your eye wander.
Look for: Stained glass windows and illuminated manuscripts.
Where: Manchester, England.
Look for: Symmetry at Mailänder Platz.
Where: Stuttgart, Germany.
Look for: The Long Room. Enough said.
Where: Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
Look for: Floating stacks and references to Interstellar.
Where: Mexico City, Mexico.
Look for: First editions of Homer and Plato.
Where: South Sinai, Egypt.
Look for: Readers complementing architecture.
Where: Kanazawa City, Japan.
Look for: Winding staircases, ladders, and hidden bookcase doors.
Where: Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Look for: Floral patterns, flying buttresses, and Queen Victoria.
Where: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Look for: Abstract geometry.
Where: Stockholm, Sweden.
Royal Portuguese Reading Room
Look for: Wood and gold accents, spiraling pillars, and the skylight.
Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Look for: An uninterrupted view of eleven cascading floors.
Where: Alexandria, Egypt.
Look for: Library owner Hernando Guanlao delivering books by bike to children in poor communities.
Where: Manila, Philippines.
Look for: A neck pillow to sustain your skyward gaze.
Where: Seattle, Washington.