The Most Interesting Libraries To Visit Around The World

Love BOOKISH GETAWAYS? Plan some extra special LIBRARY VISITS when travelling this year … 

Trinity College Library, Dublin

Spare a thought for hoteliers as you check into your boutique resort this summer. Honesty bars, water sommeliers and pillow menus are passé; this year the smart set are impressed by reading butlers as per Kristiania Lech hotel in Austria. At Martin Burdnizki’s glam new University Arms hotel, opened last month in Cambridge, you’ll find a library curated by posh book sellers Heywood Hill. Further afield Hotel Not Hotel, Amsterdam, Book and Bed, Tokyo and The Library, Koh Samui, Thailand are all decorated with bookworms in mind. No doubt, bibliophiles are also following Swiss photographer Thomas Guignard on Instagram (@concretelibraries) whose love of libraries has taken him around the world. He has a bucket list of 310 and has so far visited 35.

Tick some off the list on upcoming getaways with our list of the most interesting libraries around the world.


The Admont Monastery in Styria, Austria houses the world’s largest monastery library and is known for its Baroque architecture.


Interior designer Kit Kemp has created a stylish library at Ham Yard Hotel, London for resident guests. Mixing genres and decor styles with aplomb.


Going to Stuttgart? Then check out the public library designed by Korean architect Eun Young Yi spread over eleven floors, two of which are underground.


Sainte-Geneviève Library in Paris inherited the collection of the Abbey of St Genevieve and contains over two million documents. Construction of the Sainte-Geneviève Library began in 1843 and was completed in 1850.


It’s no surprise that the George Peabody Library in Baltimore is a popular venue for wedding ceremonies, the building was completed in 1878 designed by Baltimore architect Edmund G Lind complete with five tiers of balconies and a marble atrium on the ground floor.


Exhibitions on banned books, suffragettes and embroidery are all part of DLR Lexicon library’s inspiring summer programme in Dun Laoghaire.


The Seamus Heaney Library at The Bloomsbury Hotel, London is the setting for Afternoon Tea and also has a condolences book to sign. Heaney was a regular guest.

Penny McCormick

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