Whether you like it or not, the library is a familiar place for any college student. But if you’re not a fan of the stacks, desks, or quiet zones, then think again. Here are 10 libraries that are worth visiting:
1. Trinity College, Dublin. Nicknamed the Emerald Isle, it’s no wonder Dublin is home to a library so majestic.
2. Boston Public Library. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library was America’s first to be publically funded. With that kind of reputation, it’s no wonder this historical hotspot also boasts a spectacular courtyard.
3. The University of Coimbra General Library. Located in Portugal, this is one of the oldest libraries in the world (established in 1290, it outdates the Boston Public by 558 years). Living up to its age, looking at this library is like stepping into the past.
4. Rijksmuseum Research Library. Always wanted to go to Amsterdam? Now you have yet another reason to make the trip, as this library is straight-up pretty.
5. Site Richelieu (The National Library of Paris, France). Move over Eiffel Tower, here’s an architectural wonder that will leave you in awe.
6. Royal Portuguese Reading Room. Go to Brazil and you’ll find a library that’s literally stuffed with books. No doubt, you could roam these shelves for hours.
7. The Media Library and Cultural Centre. Another French masterpiece, this library is for lovers of wide open spaces. 100% clutter-free, this library is a great place to kick back and relax.
8. The Los Angeles Central Library. Shooting down the myth that libraries are dull and drab, this space is as colorful as any, not to mention ornate.
9. Old Market Library. If you’re ever in Thailand, be sure to make a pit stop at the Old Market Library. It’s truly one-of-a-kind.
10. George Peabody Library. The research library of John Hopkins University, this massive building is undoubtedly one of the best places in the world for a game of hide-and-seek.