11 German libraries that book lovers will adore

Bookworms, delight! These 11 libraries are enough reason alone to visit Germany someday.

1. Marienburg Castle Queen’s Library, Hanover

The library in Marienburg Castle, along with the castle itself, was a gift from King George V of Hanover to his lovely Queen, Marie.  The lovely arching ceilings and fantastic view make us wish we were curled up with a book there right now.

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2. Jacob and Wilhelm-Grimm Center, Berlin

The Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Center in Berlin is an architechtural marvel that was finished in 2009. The design is all about strong lines and sharp angles, but it is still light and open. Students at the Humboldt University get to enjoy this reading room during every exam week, which is almost enough incentive to want to be in school again!

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3. The German National Library, Frankfurt

The German National Library is charged with recording and storing every German and German-language publication that is produced. (That’s why the building is so big – it’s full of secrets). The National Libray has been collecting texts since 1913 and now has over 25 million individual items.

The outside is impressive, but the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and spiral staircases are any library-nut’s dream. Gorgeous, right?

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4. Stuttgart Central Library

The Stuttgart Central Library may look like something out of a video game, but we assure you, this is real life. The dramatic white staircases, bookshelves, and floors give the whole building a crisp, clean feeling, perfect for all you minimalists out there.

Also, the facade is permanently lit in patterns of blue lights!

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5. Wiblingen Abbey, Ulm

Beauty and the Beast, anyone? Nothing more can be said about this absolutely stunning set up inside of Wiblingen Abbey, a former Benedictine abbey that houses several departments of the University of Ulm.

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6. Ulm City Library

The theme for hte Ulm Library is transparency, and what better way to show that than with a giant glass pyramid? There are practically no walls in the library, rather everything is about openness, glass, and light.

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7. Herzog August Library, Wolfenbüttel

The Herzog August Library is a flavorful blend of classic and modern architecture. It provides the perfect atmosphere for reading the books it specializes in: Early middle ages texts!

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8. The Lower Saxony State and University Library of Göttingen

This library may have the strong lines of some of the other ones, but the warm wood tones makes it look so much homier. This is one of the largest German academic libraries. In 2002, it won the German Library of the Year award!

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9. Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-House, the Library of the Bundestag, Berlin

One of the major perks of being in the German parliament: the architecture. The German government buildings are some of the most modern in the world. This giant glass structure opened in 2003.

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10. The Cottbus Library

Another modern marvel for librarians is the Cottbus Library. The soft, flowing angles and curves are much different than many of the other German libraries.

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Also, all of the staircases in the building are a fun pink and green!

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11. Duchess Anna-Amalia Library, Weimar

This library is straight out of one of a Goethe or Thomas Mann novel. Coincidentally, Goethe actually lived a few streets over from this heavenly library. You’ll be sure to find some literary inspiration here.

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By Lauren Rogers, adapted from Buzzfeed