The best libraries were created not just as repositories of books but as big, open public spaces that celebrate the connections even the most humble citizens have to civilization and literary culture. But we don't often think of a library itself as a tourist destination.
Now the travel site Fodor's has named "The World's 20 Most Stunning Libraries," inviting its readers to work a visit of said libraries into their summer travel intineraries.
Six United States libraries make the Fodor's list: the Peabody Library in Baltimore, the
Other libraries on the list include the Biblioteca Marciana in Venice, Italy; the Biblioteca Angelica in Rome; the Trinty College Library in Dublin; Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève in Paris; the Rijksmuseum Research Library in Amsterdam; and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt, a modern tribute to one of the most famous libraries in history.