Libraries We Want to Visit Around the World

Posted April 17, 2018 by Sophia and Lupe

Come one, come all! You saw a sneak peek of this a few weeks ago, but we’ve got the full version now! 😉

As fellow book nerds, we completely understand bookish filled places are our home away from homes. We’d live in a bookstore, a library, a book…

Okay, maybe not a book itself – we don’t want to be killed, do we? But we’ll talk about that another day when it presents itself. 😉

Instead, let’s talk about libraries and which ones we’d totally live in visit one day. This is because we’re absolutely rebellious and don’t want to share the secrets of our very comfy reading places. 😈😏

1. Tama Art University Library- Tokyo, Japan


If anyone wants to put that natural lighting to good use in the daytime… 😉

2. National Library of Sejong City- Sejong City, South Korea



The Architecture is just MARVELOUS and BEAUTIFUL! Who wouldn’t want to spend their afternoons here chilling at this awesome library? (And let’s be honest: you’d slide across that roof too.)

3. Bibliotheca Alexandrina- Alexandria, Egypt


If only we knew what is engraved in this building. It completely gives the library such character!

4. The Black Diamond (Royal Library) – Copenhagen, Denmark


Another cool library! The building looks to be made of dark glass (as dark as Sophia’s soul) and it’s just perfect!

5. Vancouver Public Library – Vancouver, Canada


Don’t you love how these libraries have some of the most extraordinary architectures? Just look at this beauty! Can you imagine all the books that are kept in here?

6. Musashino Art University Museum and Library – Tokyo, Japan


It’s a museum AND a library? JACKPOT!

7. Biblioteca Vasconcelos – Mexico City, Mexico


The picure says it all. Can you imagine Lupe yelling at Sophia from the other side of the library about a book she has found? It would MOST certainly be a fun place to play hide and seek!

8. Stuttgart City Library – Germany

Flickr/Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart

It’s like a MAZE! We surely won’t mind being lost in this maze filled with books!

9. State Library of New South Wales – Australia


Lupe wants to have this library someday soon in her future home just like Belle from Beauty and The Beast. All she would need is a ladder instead of those stairs.

10. Liyuan Library – China

Mom, when we visit China one day, this is one of the places we’re going to.

liyuan library inside
Flickr/Forgemind Archmedia

Honestly seeing the entire gallery of images – the architecture is super creative, because those aren’t actually books! They’re part of the design so it looks like we’re being surrounded by books.

Whether those are shelves, however, is another story. Take a moment to appreciate with us how pretty the environment outside is as well. Everyone say ooo, everyone say ahhh.

Flickr/Forgemind Archimedia

11. Sir Duncan Rice Library – Scotland


Another beautiful building! Is it just Lupe or does this remind anyone of zebra stripes?

12. Tianjin Binhai Library – China

And yet another place we will visit one day, mom. We’re not just going to visit grandma and grandpa! Sincerely, Sophia. 😁


Talk, bookwyrms: what libraries do you want to visit? Where are your favorite reading places? Do you have a favorite reading place?

*whispers* Maybe even we’ll tell you ours…

Sophia started blogging in February 2012 for the hell of it and is surprisingly still around. She has a GIF for nearly everything, probably listens to too much K-Pop and is generally in an existential crisis of sorts (she's trying her best). In 2020, she graduated with a Bachelor's in Communications and minor in Women's Studies. More of her bookish reviews and K-pop Roundups can be found at The Arts STL.

Co-blogger at Bookwyrming Thoughts

Lupe is a 23-year-old Mexican-American who enjoys reading and watching movies when she gets the chance to relax. Her all-time favorite series consists of Bloodlines and Vampire Academy (among others), and her favorite author is Richelle Mead.

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22 responses to “Libraries We Want to Visit Around the World

  1. Super fun topic for today’s “our choice” Top Ten Tuesday. 🙂

    Some of these libraries look amazing! I’m not a library person just because I didn’t grow up going to them or using them, but I know many bookworms are grateful for them. 🙂

    • For sure! Most of us wouldn’t be able to read otherwise without libraries (although the perks of owning a book sometimes outnumber loaning a book).

  2. Oh these looks amazing. I want to go to ALL of these, but the Stuttgart one (all that white) and the NSW one especially. That one in Mexico is CRAZY! And that last one in China- wow.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Oh these look gorgeous. The favourite library I visited so far is the one from Trinity College Dublin. I’ve been there three times now XD (Thanks to three Dublin trips with three different people who each wanted to see it so I graciously and totally not self-servingly agreed to accompany each one XD)

  4. What amazing post! And not just because of the libraries but the architecture, too. Wow.

    Hahaha… yeah, a book lover married to a drafter… you see why I’m flipping out. 🙂

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks!