Top Ten Tuesday – Libraries & Bookstores I’d Love To Someday Visit

Posted October 15, 2018 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 21 Comments

Have you ever googled “beautiful bookstores/libraries” before? There are some truly amazing book filled places around the world. I was fortunate enough to visit Trinity College Library in Dublin this past summer and it filled me with the greatest desire to see more beautiful book filled places that manage to take my breath away. Here are just a scant few that I would adore to visit in person someday. 🙂

Zhongshuge in Yangzhou, China
The secret to this optical illusion is apparently black mirrored floors and slightly curved shelves to give the appearance of a “tunnel of books”.

Word on the Water in London, England
A 1920s Dutch barge that was converted into a floating bookstore. Apparently, in the winter there’s even a woodburning stove that’s lit. <3

Mysterious Bookshop in New York, New York
The Mysterious Bookshop is the world’s oldest and biggest bookstore that stocks only mystery, crime fiction, espionage, and thrillers. Sounds like my cup of tea.

The Haunted Bookshop in Melbourne, Australia
This bookshop is full of the paranormal and occult. They also do ghost tours of Melbourne. I don’t know though, their spiders freak me out enough.

Cărturești Carusel Bookstore in Bucharest, Romania
The name translates as “Carousel of Light” which is most fitting for this gorgeous three-story bookstore.

Arthur Conan Doyle Room @ The Toronto Library in Toronto, Ontario
This rare book collection is a dedication to Doyle’s life and all the genres he branched out into but of course all things Sherlock.

Cuypers Library in Amsterdam, Netherlands
This is a research library dedicated primarily to art history, but the building itself is its own piece of art.

Providence Athenaeum in Providence, Rhode Island
Both Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft were said to have visited this place often. Odd, I would have expected somewhere far gloomier.

Seattle Metaphysical Library
They boast a collection of over 13,000 books on topics related to parapsychology, shamanism, magic, and UFOs. Apparently it’s also dreadfully hard to visit what with their odd hours.

Old Bodleian Library in Oxford, England
Pictures of this place make me positively swoon.



21 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Libraries & Bookstores I’d Love To Someday Visit

  1. I could live in several of those libraries, maybe not the haunted one, but the rest are spectacular. We have Powell Books here and it is amazing.

  2. I’ve never heard of the Mysterious Bookshop before, but I need to go. I love your list of books this week. I’ve also been to the Trinity College Library in the last year! I wrote my TTT on the Trinity College Library this week!

  3. Jo

    I have seen the Bodleian but have never actually been inside, it looks gorgeous! I had the Bucharest library on my list too, it’s so beautiful. That Chinese one looks cool, and I would love to visit the London barge one as well!
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