4 Stunning Libraries in Places I’ve Travelled to

Ever since I can remember, the library has been somewhere I could seek solace; a place where my soul feels most at peace among the millions of pages waiting to be flipped and discovered. That’s why today I wanted to take a moment to appreciate some of the beautiful libraries around the world— specifically libraries in places I’ve been— in both an effort to showcase their beauty and for you to get to get the chance to know me on somewhat of a more personal level.

Library of Parliament, Ottawa:

Vogue shoot with Trudeaus closes Library of Parliament

This grand tour of libraries starts at home. Ottawa is the capital of Canada and as such, the federal legislature resides there. There too resides one of Canada’s most important libraries—the Library of Parliament. This library is at the core of parliamentary democracy as the source of information for parliamentarians, parliamentary committees and associations in order to keep up to date with relevant news and information. This library is extremely important as it keeps Parliament informed and allows its members to consider legislation and ensure the government is accountable.

University of California, Los Angeles Library:

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Anyone who knows me knows how obsessed I am with California. I love Canada with all my heart (as much as I complain about the cold weather in winter) but for as long as I can remember, I have always felt a connection to this place. I know it’s kind of ‘basic’ now because so many people romanticize it, but finally getting to go there was a feeling I can’t describe. What I’m also finding hard to describe is how I feel about this UCLA library. Apparently it’s one of the top 10 research libraries in the US and has more than 9 million titles! It’s supposed to be designed after Milan’s Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio, which explains the European vibes I’m getting from the space.

Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense, Milano:

Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense, Milano

Speaking of Milan, how beautiful is the Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense in Milan? Those chandeliers are everything. I’ve always wanted one of those bookshelves you need a ladder for and these ones are calling my name. It was built in 1770 and opened to the public in 1786. I’m a huge fan of places with history—honestly the older the spaces, the better, so I wonder how many people have graced its halls; if only walls could talk!

Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de la Sorbonne, Paris:

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There’s no way you can visit the most romantic city in the world and not find pretty library somewhere, so I was really excited to research this one. The Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de la Sorbonne in Paris was open in the same year the Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense in Milan was built—1770. It’s a university library now; however, it is open to the public as well. What drew me to this were the walls because I find that colour gorgeous and serene, especially with all the natural light pouring into the space. If I had to describe to someone what I thought heaven might look like, this photo would come pretty close.

Although I find the libraries pictured beautiful, they are so much more than that. It doesn’t matter whether you are there for leisure, school, or even political purposes, libraries have been and continue to be at the heart of our communities promoting learning and advancement. They are a vital lifeline for those learning a new language, looking for jobs, needing resources to start small businesses, and more. I never want to imagine a world without the library—my involvement and access of which has shaped me into the person I am today. It’s not until I spoke to someone who told me their nearest library is an hour away that I began to realize how fortunate I am that for my whole life I have been within walking distance from one, and I will never, ever take that for granted.


50 thoughts on “4 Stunning Libraries in Places I’ve Travelled to

  1. They’re so gorgeous!!!! The prettiest library around where I live (although not in comparison to these) is the NSW State Library. I studied there in high school and the setting definitely helped haha!!

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  2. Beautiful! I love my local library but my favorite library visit was in Melbourne Australia ( State Library of Victoria )I wanted to stay there all day ! Now I’m going to look up libraries for travels and make it part of the trip

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  3. These are all gorgeous. I have only ever visited the one in Ottawa, but I have a feeling I’d love all of these. ❤
    P.s. If you ever go to Porto, I have a feeling you will be totally in love with Livraria Lello. It is the prettiest bookshop I have ever seen.

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    • Thank you for your feedback! The one in Ottawa is pretty interesting! And wow, that book store looks like something out of a movie!! I’ve always wanted to visit Portugal but now I seriously have to. Thank you for sharing 💕

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  4. When I was younger I wanted to turn my house into a giant library. Now it just feels like a fire hazard. Anyway, these are beautiful! Especially the one in Paris. It’s like a dream!

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  5. Wow – these places look amazing. So pretty! Especially the one in Paris! I remember going to Libraries when I was younger and it was always something to look forward to – finding that exciting new book I’ll be reading! Would be amazing to visit one of these one day.


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  6. These libraries look incredible. I also feel at peace when I go into a library, I have a lot of fond childhood memories of going to the one near where I live. It breaks my heart when I see them being closed. But these four look incredible – teeny bit jealous of you visiting them all 🙈 I can’t stop looking at Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de la Sorbonne, incredibly beautiful 😍

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    • Omg me too, it reminds me of the best times of my childhood getting so excited to take out a book or movie! They are so needed, I hate seeing them close down. And thank you, I can’t even believe it’s a real place; I’m really drawn to architecture that’s romanticized like that!! 🙂


  7. Wow!!! These look absolutely amazing! I need to visit that one in Milan it looks gorgeous! I remember spending a whole day at the library in my closest city one day I just browsed the shelves and picked a few books and spent all day reading there it was amazing and that one isn’t half as pretty as these! I could spend weeks looking through the books in those libraries!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com

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    • Thank you! Isn’t it so peaceful? Normally I’m more fond of spending time with other people, but when I’m in a library I’m content to be left alone with the serenity of it all. And me too, if only I could spend weeks in each one!! x

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      • It really is! My Fiancé isn’t a fan of reading so he found it really strange but I didn’t care I loved it, such a great way to spend a day off! x

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