Have you ever walked into a library and thought, “Damn. I’d love to get locked in here and fall in love with a mysteriously adorable bad boy.” Of course you have. If you’ve ever found yoursef frustrated that you have not yet met the book nerd bae of your dreams, join us in counting down the most beautiful libraries we’d like to get stuck in (and fall in love in)… and then read Kasie West’s By Your Side, to live your biggest dreams out vicariously through this swoony library romance.
When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. One thing lease to another and well… the rest is history. These two fall in love in one of the most swoony stories we’ve ever experienced and in the book nerdiest of locations- the library!
20 Beautiful Libraries
FROM AROUND THE WORLD
1. Boston Public Library (Boston, USA)
The Boston Public Library is the perfect mix between modern and old-school. The lower level of the library was renovated and even holds a media cafe where you can watch live podcasts and news shows being recorded. Plus the courtyard is quite possibly one of the most serene and calming places we’ve ever seen so falling in love will be VERY easy.
2. New York Public Library (New York, USA)
The New York Public Library is for sure one of the most beautiful libraries we’ve ever laid our eyes on. The energy in the library is perfect for getting lost in a good book. The New York Public Library is the second largest library in the United States, and literally has 53 MILLION books. Yes please.
3. Baroque Library (Prague, Czech Republic)
We’d like to jet set all the way to Prague just to lock ourselves in this library. The Baroque Library Hall is located inside The Klementinum and has a STUNNING interior. We would probably lay on the floor all day long just to look at that pretty ceiling.
4. Beitou Public Library (Taipei, Taiwan)
Um, yes we want to go to the wooden pirate book ship please?!? This library looks like a ship that ran aground in the middle of the city, and we are all for it. It’s mostly made of wood and huge windows that let in plenty of light for reading, plus three stories of outdoor covered walkways lend great views of the city skyline and gardens.
5. Skywalker Ranch Library (California, USA)
The Skywalker Ranch Library is a place where you will probably spot some big Hollywood names. Directors and producers can often be found here researching a plethora of topics for their next big screen project. This place is chic, and perfect for a Cali book nerd – or any book nerd!
6. Royal Portuguese Reading Room (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
The Royal Portuguese Reading Room is tucked in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. It is straight up the glammest room we’ve ever seen. Basically, this is the queen of libraries and we would feel like absolute royalty stepping foot inside.
7. Library Of Congress (Washington, D.C., USA)
THE LARGEST LIBRARY IN THE WORLD. One more time… THE LARGEST LIBRARY IN THE WORLD. Do we need to say more? We’ll spend all night wandering around the aisles of this never-ending lib.
8. Central Library Of Vancouver (Vancouver, Canada)
This library is basically a mall, food court and library all in one. (Can someone please pinch us not sure if this is real??) We’d love to adventure around this library with the love of our life just eatin’ and readin’, eatin’ and readin’
9. Library Of Birmingham (Birmingham, England)
OKAY… does this look like a giant delicious cake to anyone else or are we just hungry. We would devour this library and every single book in it. This would be the sweetest library lock-in we could ever imagine.
10. Seattle Public Library Central Library (Seattle, USA)
This reminds us of a library we would find in a dystopian novel and we are ALL about it. Just picture it: reading a romance novel and staring out the windows of this gorgeous glass library, with a beautiful book nerd bae. 😍
11. Royal Library of San Lorenzo de El Escorial (El Escorial, Spain)
Okay, it’s officially time to pack your bags and head over to España. We are certain that getting stuck in this library would be absolutely magical. Because of its rich history with royal families, it’s safe to say you’re going to find your OTP. Unless your OTP is this library. That is entirely possible.
12. Admont Abbey Library (Admont, Austria)
We are so in love with this library we CAN’T even. We want to be swept off our feet and then read the night away in what looks like the most beautiful royal ballroom of all time. This library is for all you royal readers out there. If you want to come with, PLEASE HIT US UP.
13. Casa de la Literatura Peruana (Lima, Peru)
There is something about these colors that make our eyes SO happy. Falling in love in this library would probably mean that your relationship would be quite colorful. Yup. Lock us in.
14. Public Library Stuttgart (Stuttgart, Germany)
This minimalist library is anything but #Basic. This photo actually gives us the butterflies so spending a night stuck in here with the book nerd of our dreams can’t be anything short of AMAZING.
15. George Peabody Library (Baltimore, USA)
Okay PUT US IN COACH. We wanna play in this library all night long (all night). The books might be a little too distracting to fall in love with an actual human being so let’s just get locked in here solo so we can get lost in the shelves. The shiny, shiny shelves.
16. The Library of Trinity College, Dublin (Dublin, Ireland)
Romance, that’s what we think when we look at this library. Pure, true love of the most durable kind.
17. Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford (Oxford, England)
We mean, we’ll always take a chance to go to Oxford for a potential run-in with a certain beautiful blond Slytherin boy. Maybe just stepping foot in this place makes us smarter. Is that possible?
18. The Royal Library (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Nicknamed The Black Diamond, this is a perfect symbol of love, we’re sure of it. This is a metaphor come to life, folks.
19. Musashino Art University Museum & Library (Tokyo, Japan)
This library was designed to be like a library forest. A library. Forest. We can think of nothing better!!!!
20. Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden (New York, USA)
Yes, we had to end with another New York library because it’s the NYBG and it’s beautiful. Also, where else can you find grass so green in New York? Oh, and the books. We love the books so much.
About By Your Side
When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.
Only he doesn’t come. No one does.
Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn at first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?
What other beautiful libraries would you want to get stuck in? Tell us in the comments below!