These Libraries Are Gorgeous Enough To Turn Anyone Into A Bookworm

The José Vasconcelos Library


Named for the former president of the National Library of Mexico, José Vasconcelos, this library is located in Mexico City. Vasconcelos was also a philosopher and former presidential candidate. Construction on the library was complete in 2006, but in 2007 the building was found to have structural problems and its doors were closed. The restoration took 22 months and cost roughly $3 million. Library grounds include a botanical garden which showcases native Mexican flora. As Arch Daily notes, the library’s “reading areas offer the user an opportunity for experimenting direct contact with nature. All areas profit from natural lighting and ventilation.”