Thursday, June 10, 2010

Amazing Libraries around the world

Vogue Australia 09

There are some truly amazing Libraries around the world.
The beauty and detail of the magnificent rooms, the architecture, the design and the quality of all the wonderful books.
Wouldn't it be great to go and visit anyone of these awesome Libraries.

Shhhh and come and take a look.

Queens College Library, Oxford

Wren Library Trinity College, Cambridge

Herzogin Germany
National Library of Ireland, Dublin
Joanina University Library Portugal

Library of the Prussian King Fredric, Germany
Codrington Library, Oxford London
Wiblingen Monestary Library, Germany
National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Images from ~ A Compendium of Beautiful Libraries.

Don't you love the smell of beautiful old books, these look pretty in pink.

I hope that you are all having a fabulous week.


  1. I love these pictures of what libraries should be...romantic, bookladen places...lots of wood is good too!


  2. Looking at some of those libraries brings back so many memories of time spent in some very similar ones (including British Library´s Reading Room!Wonder if I ever sat in same seat as Karl Marx?!)

    Lovely pics!

    Have a gorgeous weekend my friend!


  3. Beautiful indeed
    I love libraries I am waiting for several books from mine
    Love you

  4. Ohhhhh, thank you so very much for this post - I have never thought that I can be so inspired by this elegant spaces!!! They al look like places I would love to loose myself in. :-)
    I am so sorry for being absent for a while and being such a terrible Blog friend. Past few weeks were simply crazy between racing to Texas to get fabrics for upcoming collection, renovation of my house and day to day things in Atelier. It feels so wonderful to have a moment to visit my favorite Blogs and read fabulous posts just like this one. Have a very beautiful the rest of the week. :-)

  5. Exquisite post, darling!
    I love books!!


  6. TESORO!!!

    Io adoro non hai messo nessuna libreria famosa dell'Italia?


    le foto sono bellissime...mi fermerei e stazionerei in tutte.

    Bellissimo POST!

    Grazie per la gentilezza di tutto quello che sempre ci regali!

    UN BACIO...;o)


  7. All so very beautiful! But did you know about the library in Arkadelphia, Arkansas? It's the one I grew up visiting...I should do a post on it! What a difference it made in my life! Have a wonderful day! ♥

  8. What timeless beauty. I've been to Coimbra (Portugal) where that library is but I don't recall the library. I'll have to ask my dad.

    Have a wonderful week, Carolyn!


  9. I love this POST...I have a thing for libraries..the older the better. I would so love to visit each one.
    Hugs for a great day!

  10. Marvellous all them...They are magic places where you can dream with anything ,travel to any place or meet every historic person...Beautiful post.

  11. Marvellous all them...They are magic places where you can dream with anything ,travel to any place or meet every historic person...Beautiful post.

  12. Wonderful pictures... my oldest has a great love of libraries.

  13. Hi: Those libraries are amazing. I would love to visit them all. Thank you so much for showing us such beauty. Take care my friend. Blessings, Martha

  14. Oh I adore libraries. What a wonderful tour of some amazing rooms filled with so many gorgeous old books. I love the one in London.

    What a gorgeous post.


  15. Love old libraries and old books!!
    Great pictures!!
    Have a lovely weekend!

  16. As a librarian, I thank you. These are simply beautiful. My very first job was in the old Toronto Reference Library. They built a new one that's nowhere near as nice as the old one which is now sectioned off and part of the University of Toronto. Sad really.

  17. If I went to one of these libraries, I'm afraid I'd spend more time on my back admiring the ceilings than reading the books. My GOSH, these buildings are gorgeous. It's sad they don't make them they way they used to.

  18. oh wow... wish we had a library like that! I would spend days there... reading is my passion.
    have a lovely weekend, dearest Carolyn.

  19. oh I would never ever leave these!!! I just love libraries...and these photos are amazing ....what an inspiration!!!

    Thank you for sharing these....I am inspired to head to the library this week!!!


  20. Hi Carolyn,
    How funny, I was just thinking of you and thinking of dropping by to say hi when I saw you left me a comment. Always happy when you drop by for a visit. Anyway, hope all is well with you...Oh, and those libraries are gorgeous. Aren't they? I love to visit libraries. Hope you are having a wonderful week and that you have a super weekend.

    Hugs and Kisses,


  21. Those buildings are amazing!
    THOSE are what libraries ought to look like!

  22. Wow!!!! I really don't mind locking myself up in these places forever. I've loved reading since I don't know when :p Beautiful. I really really love this post! And of course I heart you too, Carolyn. Have a fabulous weekend, darling...

  23. I love libraries! These ones are gorgeous!

  24. I love libraries :) I usually go to the New York Public Library to spend some time reading sometimes.

  25. wow you have found all the best! I would love to get lost reading books in the one in Germany, that glowing sea foam green ceiling is to die for!

    xoxo Bardot in Blue

    PS thanks so much for always leaving you sweet comments over on BinB, always a pleasure to read them and stop by here catch up with Draffin Bears :-D

  26. OMG girl how beautiful are these...almost makes me want to sit and read ha ha!! Hope you have a GREAT weekend my friend on your side of the world...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  27. What a marvelous post, Carolyn! I can just smell those libraries...I love spending hours and hours in one and the older the better!
    Have a lovely weekend!

  28. I've always loved libraries...and those are some mighty gorgeous libraries.

  29. Just loved this post!!!! These libraries are fascinating.


  30. These are really gorgeous libraries, Carolyn! I've never been in such a pretty one. Thank you for sharing those beautiful places!

  31. I'd love to visit libraries like this. How beautiful these libraries are. I work in a little library in my hometown, which is housed in the Casino Threater Building.
    The Casino Theatre was built in 1900 in the Greek Revival Style and hosted live entertainment and was a popular stop along the "Vaudeville Circuit". Among its historic visitors during the past century are President William H. Taft, world boxing champion Bob Fitsimmons, composer Hoagy Carmichael, the Lone Ranger, Tex Ritter and the Three Stooges.
    Many wonderful productions are still shown in this historic place. The library is on the left side of the building and we are going through many renovations to update our facilities. I love working in the library, even if it isn't as fancy as some libraries. Thanks for your post, I enjoyed it.

  32. I'm crazy about libraries!!!! And bookstores ;)
    Many thanks for your concern and sweet note about my hands. I'm sure I will continue to be inspired, even if I have to give up many things...
    I'm grateful for your friendship.


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Carolyn xx