With the prospect of travel at a standstill, it doesn’t mean you can’t quench your wanderlust with a peek at some incredible photographs and virtual tours of libraries from all corners of the globe. So get comfy, and click read more to explore the wonders of some beautiful architecture and the books that line their walls.

The New York Public Library | New York, United States of America

This public library holds one of the largest written word collections in the world, containing 2.5 million books. It is the second largest public library in the United States behind the Library of Congress.

The Bodleian Library | Oxford, United Kingdom

Over 400 years old and located at the University of Oxford, you may recognise this library from the Harry Potter films.  It is home to many rare books, including William Shakespeare’s first folio.

The Library of Parliament | Ottawa, Canada

The main information repository for the Parliament of Canada, the building is a Canadian icon and appears on the Canadian ten-dollar bill. This is a definite virtual only tour, for as of January 2019, it is closed for the next 10 years for renovations.

Trinity College Library | Dublin, Ireland

PHOTOGRAPH BY PETER HEELING, SKITTER PHOTO

Picture Book Library | Iwaki, Japan

PHOTOGRAPH BY KENJI SHIMIZU, AP IMAGES

National Library of Finland | Helsinki, Finland

PHOTOGRAPH BY OLLI LAASANEN

PHOTOGRAPH BY MASSIMO LISTRI, TASCHEN

PHOTOGRAPH BY MASSIMO LISTRI, TASCHEN

Library of Congress | Washington D.C., United States of America

PHOTOGRAPH BY SEPAVO, DREAMSTIME

Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart | Stuttgart, Germany

PHOTOGRAPH BY IORIYOSHIZUKI, GETTY IMAGES

PHOTOGRAPH BY MASSIMO LISTRI, TASCHEN

PHOTOGRAPH BY MASSIMO LISTRI, TASCHEN

PHOTOGRAPH BY MASSIMO LISTRI, TASCHEN

PHOTOGRAPH BY MASSIMO LISTRI, TASCHEN

PHOTOGRAPH BY MASSIMO LISTRI, TASCHEN

PHOTOGRAPH BY MASSIMO LISTRI, TASCHEN

PHOTOGRAPH BY MASSIMO LISTRI, TASCHEN

Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek | Weimar, Germany

PHOTOGRAPH BY STEFFEN SCHMITZ

Codrington Library | Oxford, United Kingdom

PHOTOGRAPH BY MASSIMO LISTRI, TASCHEN