These 34 Libraries Hold Millions Of Secrets

The first libraries consisted of archives of the earliest form of writing—the clay tablets in cuneiform script discovered in temple rooms in Sumer some dating back to 2600 BC.These archives, which mainly consisted of the records of commercial transactions or inventories, mark the end of prehistory and the start of history.

Libraries have long stood as the greatest symbol of our intellectual development.  Here are 34 of the most surprising, astounding, incredible and beautiful libraries around the world.

01. The National Library of the Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

02. Admont Abbey Library

Admont, Austria

03. Trinity College Library

Dublin, Ireland

04.The Royal Portuguese Library

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

05. New York Public Library

New York, USA

06. The St. Florian Monastery Library

Linz-Land District, Austria

07.The National Library of France

Paris, France

08. The National Library of the Netherlands

The Hague, Netherlands

09. Austrian National Library

Vienna, Austria

10. Our Lady of Einsiedeln Archabbey Library


11. University of Coimbra Library

Coimbra, Portugal

12. University of Iowa Law Library

Des Moines, USA

13. Science Library

Görlitz, Germany

14. The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

New Haven, USA

15. French Senate Library

Paris, France

16. The New York Public Library

New York, USA

17. Walker Library

Minneapolis, USA

18. Vennesla Library

Vennesla, Norway

19. Mazarine Library

Paris, France

20. Library of St. John’s College

Cambridge, Britain

21. The Library of Congress

Washington, USA

22. Library of the Technical University

Iassi, Romania

23. Library of Sárospatak Reformed College

Sárospatak, Hungary

24. The National Library of China

China, Beijing

25. Library Mafra Palace

Marfa, Portugal

26. Fisher Fine Arts Library

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA

27. Library of Parliament Ottawa

Ontario, Canada

28. Eclectic University Library of Eötvös Loránd University

Budapest, Hungary

29. National Library of Finland


30. Casanatense Library

Rome, Italy

31. The Vatican Apostolic Library

Vatican City

32. George Peabody Library

Baltimore, Maryland

33. Stuttgart City Library

Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

34. Abbey Library St. Gallen

St. Gallen, Switzerland