With the invention of the e-book, Libraries are still great places we should visit. Old majestic Libraries can be some of the most beautiful places to see with their astonishing architecture, breathtaking interior design and treasured books from the past that have unmistakable smell about them. Some libraries from around the world will always be filled with literary treasures that everyone should visit and remember.

If you’re travelling to another country make sure to add ancient libraries to your traveling list. Libraries were built to stand the test of time as they contain critical books about our history.

Did you know?

1. The world’s oldest library is the oldest continually running library in the world is at the St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai, Egypt. It was built in the middle of the 6th century and houses the second largest collection of religious material in the world (after the Vatican). However it is not accessible to the public, only by monks and invited scholars.<br>The bibliotheque de Paris (Library of Paris) combined with the National Library of France, is the oldest continually running public library service, dating back to 1368 when it was housed at the Louvre. It has moved several times over the past 700 years, into newer and larger accommodation. [Source]

2. The largest library in the world is The Library of Congress, with more than 158 million items on approximately 838 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 36 million books and other print materials, 3.5 million recordings, 13.7 million photographs, 5.5 million maps, 6.7 million pieces of sheet music and 69 million manuscripts. [Source]

3. The smallest library in the world has appeared on the streets of New York City – and it has space for just one reader at a time.

For us book worms, libraries are sacred places that can be nearly impossible to leave once you enter. They are filled with decades or even centuries worth of knowledge, and the smell of old paper is often overwhelming for the faint of heart. Sure, the ancient libraries should be on your traveling list, but there are also plenty of new ones that are already considered to be pearls of modern architecture. This list covers the most impressive old and new libraries around the world!

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State Library Of Victoria, Australia

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The Forgotten Library

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National Library Of Chile, Santiago, Chile

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Book Mountain, Spijkenisse, Netherlands

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Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge (uk)

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Jp Morgan Library, New York, Ny

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El Ateneo. Buenos Aires, Argentina

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The Strahov Monastery Library, Prague

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Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt

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National Library Of Latvia, Riga

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Stockholm Public Library

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Trinity College Library – Dublin – Ireland

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Uris Library At Cornell University

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Library Of Orthopedic Institute Rizzoli – Bologna

Biblioteca Ist. Ort. Rizzoli (Bo)

Girolamini’s Library (naples, Italy)

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Abbey Library Of Saint Gallen Switzerland

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Jose Vasconcelos Library, Mexico

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The National Library Of Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

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Photo credits: bookwilde.org

Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland

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Biblioteca Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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St. Florian Monastery, Austria

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Photo credits: Renate Dodell

The Admont Library, Admont, Austria

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Photo credits: Benediktinerstift Admont

George Peabody Library, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Photo credits: wikipedia.org

Handelingenkamer Tweede Kamer Der Staten-generaal Den Haag Iii, Netherlands

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Photo credits: phillips.com

Austrian National Library, Vienna, Austria

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Photo credits: onb.ac.at

Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbra, Portugal

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Photo credits: Will Pryce

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, Connecticut, USA

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Photo credits: Michael Marsland

Bibliothèque Nationale De France, Paris, France

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Photo credits: Franck Bohbot

The Old Public Library Of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

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Photo credits: Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

The Iowa State Law Library, Iowa, USA

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Photo credits: legis.iowa.gov

The City Libary, Stuttgart, Germany

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Photo credits: Philipp Hilpert

The Oberlausitzische Library Of Science, Gorlitz, Germany

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Photo credits: goerlitzer-anzeiger.de

Bibliothèque Sainte Geneviève, Paris, France

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Photo credits: Franck Bohbot

New York Public Library

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Photo credits: David Markovič

 Walker Library, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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Photo credits: Andrew Moore

Technical University “Gheorghe Asachi” Library, Iasi, Romania

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Photo credits: Dan-Ovidiu Boncut

St John’s College Library, Cambridge, UK

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Photo credits: The Pale Side Of Insomnia

The Library Of Congress, Washington, D.C., USA

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Bibliothèque Mazarine, Paris, France

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Photo credits:  Franck Bohbot

Vennesla Library, Vennesla, Norway

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Photo credits: Helen & Hard

 The National Library Of China, Beijing, China

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Photo credits: fcpe.lyceeplcourier.over-blog.com

Harper Library, USA

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Photo credits: Justin Kern

Palácio Nacional De Mafra, Portugal

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Photo credits: tcidraes

The Tripitaka Koreana Library, Haeinsa Temple, South Korea

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Photo credits: telegraph.co.uk

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