This question is a no brainer for me. If you have read this post, you’d know about my love of books! If I wasn’t sick, had no responsibilities and unlimited funds, I would absolutely LOVE to spend all of my time in all of the best bookstores and libraries everywhere in the world!
Here are a few:
Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires, Argentina
This majestic converted 1920s movie palace uses theatre boxes for reading rooms and draws thousands of tourists every year.
Shakespeare & Company, Paris, France
For those browsers not as impressed by architecture as they are by the beauty of books upon books upon books in narrow hallways — not to mention a place to nap.
Rio de Janeiro’s Royal Portuguese Reading Room
Rio de Janeiro’s Royal Portuguese Reading Room houses the largest collection of Portuguese works outside of Portugal. The dazzling neo-Gothic style was popular at the time of construction.
Year Established: 1887
Architect: Rafael da Silva e Castro
George Peabody Library at Johns Hopkins University
Five tier, cast-iron balconies form the centerpiece of the George Peabody Library at Johns Hopkins University. It contains over 30,000 titles dating back to the 1700s.
Year Established: 1878
Architect: Edmund G. Lind
The Admont Library in Admont, Austria
Located in the foothills of the Alps, this beautiful library is the second largest monastery library in the world. The library hall was designed in the late Baroque style by the architect Joseph Hueber in 1776 with a nearly 230-foot-long hall that contains 200,000 volumes.
The ceilings were painted by Bartolomeo Altomonte and show the stages of human knowledge, up to the high point of Divine Revelation.
George Peabody Library in Baltimore, Maryland, USA
The Peabody Library was funded by the the philanthropist George Peabody. Peabody built the library as a gift to the citizens of Baltimore for their kindness and hospitality.
Designed by 19th-century architect Edmund Lind, Peabody is known for its interior that has a soaring atrium. The five stories of cast-iron balconies are filled to the brim with books, and the skylight roof showers the library in natural light.
Aren’t they just beautiful?!
Where would YOU spend all your time if you could?