Around the World in 6 Libraries

Library Quote E.B. WhiteIt should not come as a shock that my favorite Disney princess is Belle from Beauty and The Beast. I think all writers, bookworms, and imaginative sorts are drawn to Belle. I mean, she’s intelligent and quick witted. She reads voraciously. She flies across bookshelves on wheeled ladders with reckless abandon. Her lovable father is a creative inventor and—quite obviously— a Steampunk. (Goggles + Inventor + Steam-powered wood-chipper = Holy Cogsworth! How did I not see this before?!)

However, I think the thing to be most loved and envied about Belle is the manner in which she is wooed by her shaggy prince—with the gift of a library.

Not just any library, my dears. That library. That. Magnificent. Library! The one which causes book-lovers jaws to drop with an audible gasp and dream dreams of having their own Beauty and The Beast library one glorious day. *le sigh*

After writing my novella, The Substitute Bride, I realized my love for Belle and that library had unintentionally infused itself into my Victorian era tale. I have a bookworm heroine, Gwen. A slightly gruff hero, Elliot. And a rather grand library tucked away in an English country manor where they learn to love amidst the aroma of old books.

Therefore, in honor of Belle and Gwen and everything magical that can happen where books reside, let us now venture on a brief journey Around the World in 6 Libraries!

1. The Library of Congress ~ Washington DC, USA

The Library of Congress ~ Washington DC, USA. Image Source: Pixabay CCO PD

The Library of Congress ~ Washington DC, USA. Image Source: Pixabay CCO PD

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on treasure island.” 

~Walt Disney

The Library of Congress ~ Washington DC, USA

The Library of Congress ~ Washington DC, USA. Image Source: Pixabay CCO PD.

“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” 

~ Mark Twain

2. Trinity College Library ~ Dublin, Ireland

Trinity College Library

Trinity College Library ~ Dublin, Ireland. Image Source: Pixabay CCO PD

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

~ C.S. Lewis

Trinity College Library ~ Dublin, Ireland. Image Source: Pixabay CCO PD.

Trinity College Library ~ Dublin, Ireland. Image Source: Pixabay CCO PD.

 “The love of books is a love which requires neither justification, apology, nor defense.”

 ~ John Alfred Langford

3. The Admont Abbey Library ~ Admont, Austria

The Admont Abbey Library ~ Admont, Austria. Image Source: © Jorge Royan  http/www.royan.com.ar CC-BY-SA-3.0

The Admont Abbey Library ~ Admont, Austria. Image Source: © Jorge Royan http/www.royan.com.ar CC-BY-SA-3.0

“If a book is well written I always find it too short.”

~ Jane Austen

The Admont Abbey Library

The Admont Abbey Library ~ Admont, Austria. Image Source © Jorge Royan http/www.royan.com.ar CC-BY-SA-3.0

“If the crowns of all the kingdoms of Europe were laid down at my feet in exchange for my books and love of reading, I would spurn them all.”

~ Francois Fenelon

4. The Handelingenkamer Library ~ The Hague, Netherlands 

The Handelingenkamer Library ~ The Hague, Netherlands. Image Source: CC-Zero PD Permisson-http/www.rijksvastgoedbedrijf.nlcopyright

The Handelingenkamer Library ~ The Hague, Netherlands. Image Source: CC-Zero PD Permisson-http/www.rijksvastgoedbedrijf.nlcopyright

“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”

~ Albert Einstein

The Handelingenkamer Library ~ The Hague, Netherlands. Image Source:  Instagram User robertzuidbroek

The Handelingenkamer Library ~ The Hague, Netherlands. Image Source: Instagram User robertzuidbroek

 “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”

~ Cicero

5. Biblioteca Real Gabinete Português de Leitura ~ Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Biblioteca Real Gabinete Português de Leitura ~ Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Image Source: Flickr user BORIS G

Biblioteca Real Gabinete Português de Leitura ~ Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Image Source: Flickr user BORIS G

“We read to know that we are not alone.”

 ~ C.S. Lewis

Biblioteca Real Gabinete Português de Leitura ~ Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Image Source: Flickr user Sandro Henrique

Biblioteca Real Gabinete Português de Leitura ~ Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Image Source: Flickr user Sandro Henrique

“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for a thousand years. To read is to voyage through time.”

~ Carl Sagan

6. Library of Parliament ~ Ottawa, Canada

The Library of Parliament ~ Ottawa, Canada. Image Source: Flickr User Tony Webster

The Library of Parliament ~ Ottawa, Canada. Image Source: Flickr User Tony Webster

“Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.”

~ Dr. Seuss

The Library of Parliament ~ Ottawa, Canada. Image Source: Flickr User Tony Webster

The Library of Parliament ~ Ottawa, Canada. Image Source: Flickr User Tony Webster

“Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people – people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.”

 ~ E.B. White

Which of these libraries makes your jaw drop with wonder? Have you visited a particularly lovely library, at home or abroad? I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. And for those interested in Gwen and Elliot’s tale of romance in the library, The Substitute Bride is available today in The Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection!

The Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection

2 thoughts on “Around the World in 6 Libraries

  1. Wow! These are so beautiful! I can see where the animators for Beauty and the Beast could have taken inspiration from these, especially the one in Austria. So amazing! I went to the library in the Chateau de Chantilly in Senlis, France, and it was so cool! ^ ^

    • Good day, Victoria! The library in Austria truly is amazing. Perhaps my favorite of the bunch, if I had to bring myself to choose between all these library gems.

      A quick Google search of the Chateau de Chantilly has rendered me thoroughly jealous! My WORD, it’s gorgeous!!! If I had known about this library, it certainly would have made my list. Thanks so much for sharing, Victoria! I hope you had a marvelous time in France, exploring and taking copious notes and photographs. :-)

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