The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World

National Library in Vienna, Austria

Bibliotheken is a photography series, by German photographer Christoph Seelbach, features some of the most exquisite libraries in the world. The traveling project, which translates simply as Libraries, reveals the majestic interiors of some of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful libraries around today. Though the Cologne-based photographer seems to focus on European libraries, they are undeniably extraordinary. The architectural design of these literary edifices range from Victorian to modern.

The stunning detail in the wall ornaments and structure of each venue is all at once astounding, captivating, and overwhelming. To think that books nest in these palace-like buildings seems, at first, excessive but actually appropriate. Knowledge is sacred and greatly desired by all men and, as such, deserves to be stored in a grandly dignified establishment. Still, one can be rather envious of the aesthetic charm of each architectural environment and the magnitude of its beauty.

If you like these, check out the some of the impressively designed book sanctuaries we’ve come across in the past: Old Church Converted into a Modern Bookstore, Stuttgart’s Refreshingly New Modern Library, Norwegian Library’s Modern Ribbed Interior Design


Abbey Library in Admont, Austria


Abbey Library in Kremsmnster, Austria


Abbey Library in St. Florian, Austria


Saxony State and University Library in Dresden, Germany


The City Library in Malmo, Sweden


Konstanz University of Applied Sciences Library in Germany


Leipzig University Library (aka Bibliotheca Albertina) in Germany


The University Library of Graz in Austria


Vilnius University Library in Lithuania


The Royal Library in Copenhagen, Denmark


Abbey Library in Melk, Austria

Christoph Steelbach website
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