5 of the Best Libraries in the United States

As a bibliophile, libraries are some of the best places in the world. The rich, chocolatey smell of old books, the grandiose architecture…it’s an experience to be had. Especially when you visit one of the top libraries in the United States. Let’s take a look at some of the most beautiful libraries you can visit today!

1). New York Public Library

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When you think of libraries, you think of New York Public Library. It’s the largest public library system in the United States and houses more than 55 million items. For more than 100 years, New York Public Library has been the source of education and entertainment for millions.

2). Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress is the largest library, occupying three buildings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. It houses millions of books across hundreds of languages. In 2019 alone, more than 24,000,000 books were cataloged in the library’s system.

3). Seattle Central Library

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In less than 10 years, Seattle Central Library has flourished as one of the best libraries in the United States. It features modern architecture that readers of all ages are sure to love. This massive library is 11 floors and features specialty areas for different age groups, an auditorium, music practice rooms, and much more.

4). Geisel Library

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Founded in 1968 and located in San Diego, CA, the Geisel Library was first called Central Library. It wasn’t until 1995 that it was renamed Geisel Library after Dr. Seuss because of his many generous donations to the library over the years. Now, this tower of a library has nearly a dozen floors of books to enjoy.

5). Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

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Want to enjoy some of the rarest books and manuscripts the world has to offer? The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library in New Haven, CT, is the place to go. It first opened in 1963 and features a cathedral-like display of books and over one million books.

Have You Visited These Libraries?

Thanks to their unique design, collection of books, and so much more, these libraries are among some of the best in the United States. Have you visited any of them? If not, make sure to add them to your travel destination.

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