Upon entering a library, you should never want to leave. It should be inspiring and cozy, filled with books and friends. When looking through lists of “the worlds most beautiful libraries” I found that many were simply beautiful buildings, stunning architectural monuments stacked with shelves. The books weren’t the focus. They deserved to be on architectural lists, but for a library? As much as I’d love to visit some of them, I wouldn’t really want to read there.
Four stood out to me: The Stuttgart City Library (Stuttgart, Germany), The John Rylands Library (Manchester, England) the Vasconcelos Library (Mexico City, Mexico) and the Vennesla Library and Cultural House (Vennesla, Norway) . These put my local libraries to shame, and induced daydreams of exploring the shelves and cozying up with a book in each one.
Stuttgart: I love the clean, simplistic style of this library. I can imagine running up and down those staircases and browsing the shelves!
John Rylands: I am in love with the architecture and all of the little nooks and crannies perfect for curling up with a book.
Vasconcelos: This one looks like a puzzle to figure out where the books are, and how to get to them!
Vennesla: This sci fi library is made for reading. The entire library is filled with innovative seating areas.