Mafra Library, Portugal - Photo by Will Pryce Is This the Most Awesome Library in the World? By Johann Thorsson, BOOKRIOT We have previously established that Portugal has the most beautiful bookstore in the world, but now it appears they also get the most awesome library. I came a cross a rather amazing one the other day, the library at Mafra National Palace in Portugal. The palace was built by a king who vowed to create it if his wife gave him descendants, which she did.
BRISTOL CENTRAL LIBRARY, BRISTOL, UK “The Reference Library is located on the first floor of the Central Library. It is the largest public reference library in the South West with a collection that was originally founded in 1613 with the first Bristol Library on King Street. The current book stock numbers over a third of a million titles. There are over 100 work spaces in the Main Reading Room.”