With the advent of the internet and the advancement of technology today, we can now easily gain access to information and read e-books via our smartphones and Kindle.
But if you are one of those girls who prefer the serenity and peace in a library and still adore the smell of pages flipping, then you are on the right page!
Today, let us bring you through these five most beautiful libraries in the world you can consider adding onto your bucket list. Get ready to be wowed!
#1 George Peabody Library @ Baltimore, Maryland USA
Established in 1878, the George Peabody Library is now a research library for students at The Johns Hopkins University. It houses over 300,000 volumes many of which are from the 19th century.
It was built by local architect Edmund G. Lind who wanted to create a cathedral for books, hence the marble floors, cast-iron balconies and columns with golden embellishments.
#2 Admont Abbey Library @ Admont, Austria
Designed by Baroque architect Joseph Hueber, this 1776 library carries around 200,000 volumes and is one of the largest libraries in the world!
It boasts clean white and gold shades with the ceiling embellished with Austrian Baroque painter Bartolomeo Altomonte's signature large-scale frescoes portraying the different phases of human knowledge.
#3 Trinity College Old Library @ Dublin, Ireland
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The Long Room of the Trinity College Old Library features 200,000 of some of the oldest books in history.
Completed around 1733 by architect Thomas Burgh, this library is the permanent home to the Book of Kells, a manuscript Gospel book in Latin that dates back to the early 9th century.
#4 Liyuan Library @ Beijing, China
Located in Jiaojiehe Village, a two-hour drive from Beijing, Liyuan Library is designed by Chinese architect Li Xiaodong. The main highlight to this library is the used firewood sticks on its exteriors to blend the library in with the surrounding nature.#5 Rampur Raza Library @ Rampur, India
Located in Rampur, India, this library is a treasure house of knowledge established in the last decades of the 18th century now managed by the Government of India.
It contains rare and valuable collections of manuscripts, historical documents, specimens of Islamic calligraphy, miniature paintings, astronomical instruments and rare illustrated works in Arabic and Persian. The library also contains printed works in Sanskrit, Hindi, Urdu and Pashto.
It is currently home to over 17,000 manuscripts and 80,000 books.
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Text by: GirlStyle SG