16 Libraries That Look Like Hogwarts IRL

1. The John Rylands Library in Manchester, England

This library in Manchester was built over 100 years ago as a public library, but now is a part of the University of Manchester. It’s home to collections of rare books and its gorgeous architecture and winding staircases will have you feeling like a Hogwarts student on your way to the common rooms.

2. The University of Washington Library in Seattle, Washington

The Suzallo Reading Room within the University’s library looks exactly like a room straight out of Hogwarts. Built in 1923, the library was meant to be the “soul of the university.” There’s also a grand staircase connecting the first and third floors that looks like it was built by magic.

3. Library of Parliament in Ottawa, Canada

Built in 1876 in the Gothic Revival Style, this library was luckily unharmed in a fire that broke out in 1916. Its warm wood and cozy reading nooks make it the perfect place to curl up with a book or spend a night or two researching the Sorcerer’s Stone.

4. Biblioteca Real Gabinete Portugues de Leitura in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The library’s “Royal Reading Room” is a stunning display of dark wood and rows upon rows of Portuguese literature. We can just imagine Hermione looking up at all of those books with tears in her eyes.

5. Strahov Monastery Library in Strahov, Czech Republic

Parts of this library date back to the 1600s and its age is reflected in the gorgeous wood detailing and the intricately painted ceiling that rivals the Great Hall’s. The monastery also has a “Cabinet of Curiosities” — the predecessor to modern museums — which sounds like something J.K. herself thought up.

6. Upper Lausitzian Library of Sciences in Goerlitz, Germany

In German, this library is named “Oberlausitzische Bibliothek der Wissenschaften,” which is more of a mouthful than Viktor Krum trying to say “Hermione.” But the inside is spectacular, with rows of wide arches leading to rooms upon rooms of volumes on art, culture, and economy of the region.

7. Chetham’s Library in Manchester, England

Chetham’s is the oldest public library in the English-speaking world and gives off major Hogwarts vibes. It has warm wooden bookshelves and hidden window alcoves where you can catch up on Snape’s required reading. There’s also a “Chained Library” room filled with books on chains to avoid theft — I’d bet it’s seriously lacking in books on Nicholas Flamel though.

8. The Morgan Library in New York City, New York

Opened to the public in 1924 by J.P. Morgan Jr., this library and museum houses the Morgans’ collection of rare books and other artifacts. It’s a delightfully cozy blend of a library and the Gryffindor common room!


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