Freelance journalist Jill Harness has put together a list of the 62 most beautiful libraries in the world for Mental Floss. After collecting images of these grand buildings over the years, Harness decided that the Trinity College Library in Dublin, Ireland, was deserving of the top spot (picture below), saying: “Aside from being absolutely gorgeous, with two story dark wooden arches, this is also the largest library in all of Ireland. It serves as the country’s copyright library, where a copy of all new books and periodicals must be sent when they apply for copyright protection. The library is also home to the famous Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript created by Celtic monks around the year 800.”
Taking fourth position is the The National Library of France (top picture), which has continued to expand ever since it first opened in 1868 as the largest book repository in the world.