Dream Travel: 3 Beautiful Libraries

What darling Child of the Night doesn’t love a good library? 

Abbey Library of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Any multi-story library is a win by me and if there are balconies I will be damn near uncontrollable with glee. It holds some of the oldest books ever written, can you imagine what they must smell like? (What you don’t do that? And you call yourself a book lover…) While innovative libraries made of lots of metal and occasionally designed to spit in the face of physics, my favorites will always be proper old school wood libraries.

Wiblingen Monastery Library, Germany

Excuse me…one second…booking…flight to Germany. Look at it. Marvel in the majesty that utilizes romantic colors, the beauty of life in human form and an expansive collection of books. There are libraries and then there temples reserved for the pursuit of knowledge. A photograph only shows much and to be there would be like being a wonderland. I’d learn German just to be able to enjoy it more. *sigh*

Beinecke Rare Book Library in Yale University, USA

Let the walls stand as a mention of the exterior of this building, but ignore that. Take in the simple design and roam the picture for visitors, tables, or a check out counter and then ignore that. This library is home to the rarest works of literature in the world. “Beinecke Library became the repository for books in the Yale collection printed anywhere before 1800, books printed in Latin America before 1751, books printed in North America before 1821, newspapers and broadsides printed in the United States before 1851, European tracts and pamphlets printed before 1801, and Slavic, East European, Near and Middle Eastern books through the eighteenth century, as well as special books outside these categories.” This isn’t just a library, my friends, it’s a goddamn time machine.

Just three for now. You must understand, my love of books is a beast of passion. It does not just lie with stories, but with the art of book making, the stitching of the pages, the very making of paper and if I am ever so lucky to see one, a hand written manuscript. I mean we could really get into this, but for now, a taste. I’m sure we’ll have plenty of time to get carried away in the future. For other strange escapes and things to do there follow me on FacebookInstagramTumblr, and Youtube., and don’t forget to follow this blog by joining the exploration party.

But until next time,

Don’t be hungry for life. Be ravenous.


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