Whether home or traveling, I love to be in the company of books and libraries. Libraries today aren’t only about housing books, they are the embodiment of books – they help us travel around the world and through time, learn new things, and meet new people. Libraries offer comfort, education, entertainment, escape, and connection. They’re a good place to get inspired, warm up on a cold day, and come in from the rain, which is how I discovered the library in Juneau, Alaska. Don’t forget the critical role librarians and staff play. Ask them questions and engage with them. They are a rich source of knowledge and know-how on everything from books, of course, to technology, local history, culture, and local heroes.

National Library Week is April 3 – 9, 2022. If you’re looking for a good read, architecture to inspire you, or a safe place for comfort and community, any of these 30 libraries are a great place to be.

Some of the Biggest and Most Beautiful Libraries in the U.S. 

  1. New York Public Library 
  2. The Geisel Library San Diego
  3. Seattle Public Library-Central Library
  4. Library of Congress in Washington D.C.
  5. Boston Public Library
  6.  The Fisher Fine Arts Library in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  7. Phillips Exeter Academy Library in Exeter, New Hampshire
  8. Arabian Library in Scottsdale, Arizona
  9. Billings Public Library in Billings, Montana
  10. Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago

Libraries Around the World with Fascinating Architecture and Collections 

  1. Bibliothèque Méjanes in France
  2. Library of El Escorial Monastery in Spain
  3.  Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart in Germany
  4. Tianjin Binhai Library in China
  5. Vatican Library
  6. Rijksmuseum Library in The Netherlands
  7. Oxford University Library
  8. Trinity College Library in Ireland
  9. National Library of St. Mark’s – Venice
  10. Library of Parliament in Ottawa, Canada

Local Libraries – These Are Some of My Favorite

  1. Westport Library
  2. Darien Library
  3. Greenwich Library.
  4. Wilton Library
  5. Fairfield Library
  6. New Canaan Library
  7. Norwalk Library
  8. Rowayton Library
  9. Ferguson Library
  10. Pequot Library
 What’s your favorite library?

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