This library in Stockholm, Sweden, is one of the city’s most significant structures and was Sweden’s first public library to apply the principle of open shelves, where visitors could access books by themselves without the assistance of library staffers. In 2014, more than 4 million books were checked out.
Biblioteca Vasconcelos spans a whopping 38,000 square meters, and it contains hive-like bookshelves, mismatched floors, and transparent walls, not to mention it holds more than 470,000 books.
Founded in the late 19th century, the New York Public Library is the largest public library system in the United States. It assists more than 17 million patrons per year and holds more than 51 million items.
Dating back to the 1790s, the Library of Parliament in Canada is considered a Gothic revival marvel, intended to serve parliamentarians and their staff. The library has been threatened by fire on more than one occasion, the most disastrous occurring in Montreal in 1849, when a Loyalist mob protesting the Rebellion Losses Bill burned down the Legislature and destroyed 11,800 books.
Located in the capital city of the state of South Australia, the Adelaide City Library opened just last year and is designed for communal expression with a range of programs, events, and exhibitions.
With modest 18th-century roots, the Leeds Library is a captivating mix of the old and the new, with Joseph Priestley as one of its original subscribers.
The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library claims to be one of the largest buildings in the world devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts. Construction of the building was completed in 1963, and the library has room in the central tower for 180,000 volumes.