Great Libraries of the World

This AL Direct feature showcased libraries around the world that are notable for their exquisite architecture, historic collections, and innovative services…
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a very tall building that is covered in snow
15 Awe-Inspiring Libraries That Will Make You Want to Read All Day
Bibliothèque Monique-Corriveau, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
a person is standing in the middle of a room with bookshelves and tables
15 Awe-Inspiring Libraries That Will Make You Want to Read All Day
Library of Muyinga, Burundi.
the entrance to an office building with large glass windows on it's front and side
15 Awe-Inspiring Libraries That Will Make You Want to Read All Day
Helsinki University, Main Library, Helsinki, Finland.
an empty library filled with lots of books
15 Awe-Inspiring Libraries That Will Make You Want to Read All Day
Jaime Garcia Terres Library, Mexico City, Mexico.
an empty library with lots of bookshelves and wooden flooring is seen in this image
15 Awe-Inspiring Libraries That Will Make You Want to Read All Day
LiYuan Library, Beijing, China.
people are sitting at tables and reading books in a large room on the beach side
15 Awe-Inspiring Libraries That Will Make You Want to Read All Day
Seashore Library, Hebei Sheng, China.
the building is white and has many windows
15 Awe-Inspiring Libraries That Will Make You Want to Read All Day
Vila Franca de Xira Municipal Library, Portugal.
a library with many bookshelves and tables in the center, surrounded by glass railings
15 Awe-Inspiring Libraries That Will Make You Want to Read All Day
Hyundai Card Travel Library, Seoul, South Korea.
a spiral staircase in an office building with people walking up and down it
15 Awe-Inspiring Libraries That Will Make You Want to Read All Day
National University Library, Strasbourg, France.
an old library with many books and chains hanging from the shelves in front of them
The Oldest Libraries Around the World
Wimborne Minster chained library, Wimborne, UK.
the inside of a building with pews and wood paneling on the walls, along with carpeted floors
The Oldest Libraries Around the World
Laurentian Library, Medicean Basilica di San Lorenzo di Firenze, Florence, Italy.
an old library with wooden bookshelves and benches
The Oldest Libraries Around the World
Wells Cathedral chained library, Wells, UK.
an old library filled with lots of books
The Oldest Libraries Around the World
Royal Grammar School chained library, Guildford, UK.
the inside of a restaurant with wooden tables and chairs, chandeliers and windows
The Oldest Libraries Around the World
University of al-Qarawiyyin library, Fes, Morocco.
an ornate building overlooking the water with many tables and chairs set up in front of it
The Oldest Libraries Around the World
Biblioteca Marciana, Venice, Italy.