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Take Virtual Tours of These Stunning Libraries

Main Reading Room of the United States Library of Congress

Some of the most beautiful architecture in the world is found in libraries—which ensure that everyone in their communities can enjoy their amazing spaces. And even if you can’t visit a particular library in person, you may be able to explore its highlights virtually online.

Here are a few of our favorite library video tours:

Library of Parliament (Ottawa, Canada)

This library is so iconic that appears on Canada’s ten-dollar bill. In this video tour, check out the library’s gothic archways, marble statues, and meticulous wood carvings.

Mansueto Library (University of Chicago)

In this 360° video, explore the egg-like glass reading room of the University of Chicago’s Mansueto Library—then head deep into its underground storage area to see how robotic arms retrieve requested books.

New York Public Library

The main branch of the New York Public Library—a U.S. National Historic Landmark—is one of the most beloved buildings in NYC. This tour from Architectural Digest takes you through all the hidden details that even New Yorkers tend to miss.

Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.)

This 360° video from AARP lets you explore the majestic architecture of the United States Library of Congress—the largest library in the world.

Bodleian Library (University of Oxford)

You may recognize the 400-year-old Bodleian Library from the Harry Potter movie series; take a closer look with this 360° video from The Telegraph.

Seattle Public Library

The glass and steel Seattle Central Library is a stunning example of postmodern architecture. This video tour explores the building’s design highlights as well as showcasing the library’s services and programs.

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