With school having just started this month for some of our fellow lomographers, we’re sure they’ll find themselves rushing to libraries in their cities aside from the ones in their universities. Whether for study or for leisure, we’re sure bibliophiles out there will enjoy a day well-spent in the company of books in these beautiful libraries around the world!
1. Stuttgart City Library (Stuttgart, Germany)
Stark-white and modernist, the City Library of Stuttgart in Germany (Stadtbibliotek Stuttgart) may be the place to visit if you need to clear your head while surrounded with books. The books in different designs and colors themselves serve as accents of the otherwise plain surroundings. It was designed by Korean architect Eun Young Yi and opened its doors to the public in 2011.
2. Trinity College Long Room (Dublin, Ireland)
Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university, is also home to the country’s largest library. The Long Room is also the world’s largest single-chamber library, and houses over 200,000 volumes, including the library’s oldest and rarest collection. Aside from its antiquated charm, the library is known for having on display the Brian Boru's Harp (the one on the Guiness logo, yes) and for “unofficially” inspiring the Jedi Archives in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
3. Real Gabinete Portugues de Leitura (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Bibliophiles heading to Rio de Janeiro must not miss this breath-taking library which houses more than 350,000 volumes — the largest collection of works by Portuguese authors outside Portugal — in just ONE room. To make this possible, the room stands four stories tall to maximize the capacity of its beautifully ornate shelves.
4. New York Public Library (New York, United States)
A beautiful library of epic proportions, the “main branch” of the New York Public Library (Schwarzman Building) is a book heaven for every bibliophile. A visit to the second largest public library in the United States (and the third largest in the world) will treat students, researchers, and bibliophiles to beautiful interiors, scenic reading rooms and stations (the Rose Main Reading Room being the most notable of these), and access to almost 53 million items. Sweet.
Visiting any of these beautiful libraries? Remember to look for interesting photography reads by inquiring about books under division number 770 (Photography & Computer Art)!
If we missed any of your favorite libraries, please do tell us about them and submit a Locations article!