Incredible Libraries Around the World!

Once in a while, you have to sit back, relax and read a good book. Sounds easy, doesn't it? But for most people, the act of reading a book depends entirely on the environment. Some prefer the privacy of their bedrooms; others prefer the surrounding nature in their garden or the gentle bustle of a cafe.

Yet some others find the most relaxation within libraries where the very smell of books permeates the air. You may find below a selection of libraries handpicked by Perpetual Traveller Overseas that are not only a feast for the eyes, but also a place of relaxation and quiet meditation where you can easily find your own personal "zone" that enables you to sink into the pages of a book.
1. Abbey Library of St. Gallen, Switzerland
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2. Austrian National Library
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3. Handelingenkamer, Netherlands
Image courtesy of Jackie Kever

4. Hearst Castle Gothic Study, USA
Image courtesy of Trey Ratcliff

5. Klementinum National Library, Czech Republic 
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6. Library of Parliament, Canada
Image courtesy of Alejandro Erickson 

7. Salt Lake City Main Public Library, USA
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8. Trinity College Library, Ireland
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9. Beitou Public Library, Taiwan
Image courtesy of Anders M. Jacobsen

10. Wiblingen Monastery Library, Germany
Image courtesy of Vance Posein