10 European Libraries You Will Love To Visit – Pack your bags and get ready for this wonderful trip!
- Strahov Monastery Library Location: Strahov, Czech Republic.Completed in 1679, Strahov Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries still in existence in the world. During its long history many important personalities have visited, amongst which are admiral lord Horatio Nelson and Napoleon´s wife Marie Louise.
- Handelingenkamer Location: The Hague, Netherlands.Handelingenkamer is the name given to the Dutch Parliament's library. It's unique design with its open cast-iron staircases and balustrades are designed to allow daylight to filter down the four storeys and illuminate the more than 100,000 volumes that line the shelves.
- Halmstad City Library Location: Halmstad, Sweden.Standing near the beach of the river Nissan, the unique shape of the building was inspired from the trees that stand on the site.
- Wiblingen Abbey Library Location: Wiblingen, Germany.The majestic hall of Wiblingen Abbey's library still holds some original manuscripts, despite most of the books having been transferred to other libraries. Besides, the main reason this library to visit is to marvel at the main hall, which remains in its original form.
- The Codrington Library Location: Oxford, UK.With its modern collection comprising of some 185,000 items, about a third of which being produced before 1800, the prestigious Codrington Library attracts scholars from around the world.
- Malmö City Library Location: Malmö, Sweden.Located in the heart of the multicultural Malmö, this library is filled with books in some 60 different languages and attracts almost 1 million visitors each year.
- Sainte-Geneviève Library Location: Paris, France.This magisterial library contains around 2 million documents and was a reading place of Marcel Duchamp and James Joyce. The building's iconic architecture served as the inspiration for the deign of the Boston Public Library.
- TU Delft Library Location: Delft, Netherlands.At the heart of Delft University lies its library, whose unique cone shaped structure forms the focal point of the campus. The roof of the library is covered with grass, allowing visitors to graze above the library's book filled central space.
- Mafra Palace Library Location: Mafra, Portugal.Situated inside the Mafra National Palace, the library is open to scholars, researchers, historians and members of the public by appointment. Unsurprisingly, many rare works furnish its shelves.
- Stuttgart City Library Location: Stuttgart, Germany.Characterised by its cube shape and clinical white interior, this great crystalline building stands a whopping 9-storeys high over the German city of Stuttgart.
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