Books and libraries are awesome but what’s even more awesome (yes, that is possible) are books that are about books – that’s like a double whammy! There are plenty of fictional libraries in books and pop culture that we would love to visit, but here are ten of the best:
1. Hogwarts Library, Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Who could resist this library full to the brim with magic (and perhaps the occasional bit of mayhem)? Just stay away from the Restricted Section if you know what’s good for you!
2. The Library, Doctor Who
This planet-sized library is a book-lovers dream as it contains every book ever published. It was commissioned by Felman Lux, who designed it for his dying book-loving daughter.
3. Unseen University Library, Discworld series by Terry Pratchett
Rooms full of books? Check. Magic? Check. Quirky wizards to watch whilst you browse? Check. A librarian who is an orangutan? Check. The library at the Unseen University has everything you could possibly want.
4. Lucien’s Library, Sandman by Neil Gaiman
Containing all the books that people dream of writing but have never actually managed to write, this library contains plenty of hidden gems – but beware! The books burst into flames if the author manages to finish writing it.
5. The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
A home for sad, lost, and forgotten books, The Cemetery of Forgotten Books is a truly magical place. If you manage to find it and get through the doors, each visitor is allowed to take one single book, which they must guard for the rest of their lives. Good luck making your choice!
6. Jedi Temple Library, Star Wars
7. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
This magnificent library is used to travel through alternative dimensions and retrieve dangerous books that have been released into the various worlds. Check out the full series, here!
8. Italian Monastery, The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Labyrinthine libraries always hold a certain ethereal quality and the thought of getting lost in Umberto Eco’s mammoth 56-room literary maze sends a shiver of excitement through our souls.
9. The Mistkatonic University Library, the works of H.P. Lovecraft
As featured throughout the works of H.P. Lovecraft, the fictional Miskatonic University Library in Massachusetts is a safe place for all books on the occult.
10. Elrond’s Library at Rivendell, The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
Last, but not least, is Elrond’s library at Rivendell. Not only is it a library full of extraordinary books but Tolkien combines it all with Elvin culture too. Magical doesn’t even begin to describe the numerous wonders of this library.
What fictional library would you most like to visit?
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