libraries that’ll leave you breathless

i’m palpitating right now as we speak. consciously reminding myself to breathe because these images are currently doing some serious damage to that part of my brain that actively controls both my respiratory and reading muscles. firing up all these neurons into a state of hyperactivity only bookish people can relate.

i’d be crazy not to post this here. there are actually 15 on the list because they wouldn’t exactly call it 15 incredible libraries around the world if there weren’t 15 of them, right?


sharing the top 5 pics that are cutting off my oxygen supply.

you’re welcome.

Admont Abbey Library, Austria

Admont Abbey Library — Austria

Strahov Theological Hall – Prague, Czech Republic

Strahov Theological Hall – Prague, Czech Republic

University Club Library – New York City, United States

University Club Library – New York City, United States

National Library of Finland – Helsinki, Finland

National Library of Finland – Helsinki, Finland

George Peabody Library – Baltimore, Maryland

George Peabody Library – Baltimore, Maryland

16 thoughts on “libraries that’ll leave you breathless

    1. that one is, indeed, quite dramatic and mysterious at the same time, with its murals and lighting. can you imagine what it would be like to stand in the middle of that hallway and breathe in its history together with the smell of books?

      i bet it smells amazing.

      thanks for dropping by, iris! =)

  1. Very beautiful libraries. When we were still students, we make it a point to visit libraries every day! We learn a lot of new things; the librarians were actually our best friends!

    It’s just sad now that many of today’s children rarely visit libraries. 😦

    1. true. the library was my most favorite place in school back during my elementary days. remember when we had to fill up library cards when we wanted to borrow books? or consult the dewey decimal system catalogues to find what we needed? students these days have it easy, you reckon?

      anyway, apart from the rizal library that we have, are there any nice libraries here in cebu that you can recommend?

        1. yeah. it’s a shame, huh? frankly, rizal library isn’t that nice either. the building is, though, but the library itself is… ho-hum.

    1. lol. “wow” is a pretty good place to start. can’t blame you. these libraries really do have the potential of silencing your vocabulary. hehe.


  2. Breathtaking indeed. They look huge and must be hundreds of thousands of age old books in them! I bet if you speak, you can hear an echo 😀 The Czech library looks dark. Don’t know if I want to read in there 😉

    1. the czech one is kinda dark and mysterious. the kind that intrigues you with its mystery. i don’t know if i’d find anything i’d wanna read in there but regardless, i’d still wanna go!

      sigh. wishful thinking.

    1. oh, they are beyond words! immediately i imagined myself transported to those libraries and trying to feel how it would probably feel to actually be there!

      thanks for stopping by, estelea. =)

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