Come for the books, stay for the impressive design.
If you’re searching for a book to get lost in, it only makes sense to channel your inner Matilda and head to the nearest library, and hopefully, you’ll be left with a feeling of inspiration beyond what you read. At House Beautiful, we are partial to libraries that also serve up a serious dose of design inspiration.—and lucky for us, there are many around the world. Whether it’s the remarkable architecture of the Rampur Raza Library in India—which features a combination of Hindu, Victorian Gothic, and Islamic elements—or the heavenly ceiling of the Rose Main Reading Room at the New York Public Library, you might even forget that you’re standing in a library and not a palace. After all, the right books will transport you to places as awe-inspiring as these libraries, no matter your location.