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Libraries Around the World

Founded in the summer of 2017 from a small apartment in Brooklyn, New York, Accidentally Wes Anderson (AWA) has grown to inspire a global community of more than 1 million Adventurers. Intrigued by the image and delighted by the details, the site’s contributors seek and share the most beautiful, idiosyncratic and interesting places on earth while uncovering unique and unexpected stories behind the facades. Here is a curated selection of libraries found around the world. Discover more @accidentallywesanderson

Wilmington, Delaware, USA

Delaware Historical Society Research Library

Photo credit: Evan Lober



Founded in 1864, the Delaware Historical Society (DHS) was initially created to preserve materials related to the American Civil War.

Sigtuna, Sweden


Photo credit: Sarah Malpas



Opened every April 23 on World Book Day, these tiny libraries in Sweden reside in former telephone booths.

Bucharest, Romania

Cărturești Carusel

Photo credit: Waqar Ahmad



This bookstore in Bucharest, Romania, confiscated by the Communists in the 1940s, has been home to a bank, a men’s clothing store and a department store.

Kent, England

Leeds Castle

Photo credit: Elena Shamis



The library in this castle in Kent, which has been home to royalty since the 13th century, served as a field hospital in World War II.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

National Library of Cambodia

Photo credit: Adrienne Shapiro



Only 20 percent of its original collection remains, but this National Library’s aesthetic harkens back to a bygone era when freedom of information was not so free.

Wandiligong, Victoria, Australia

Public Library of Wandiligong

Photo credit: Bertie Powell



This public library is one of many preserved historical buildings in the long-forgotten gold mining settlement of Wandiligong in Victoria.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Real Gabinete Português de Leitura

Photo credit: Yuri Seródio



Ranked as the fourth most beautiful library in the world by Time magazine, this Brazilian library is also a national cultural heritage site.

Görlitz, Germany

Upper Lausitzian Library of Sciences

Photo credit: Yura Ukhorskiy



Once the private library of the bourgeoisie and enlightened nobility, this 18th century library in Görlitz was originally established as a scientific society for Middle Europe.


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