Sure, people may not visit libraries as much as they used to (pre-internet), but there are still a few gems that are definitely worth a trip. Above, we have the Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura in Brazil, which boasts over 350,000 works, many dating from the 16th-18th centuries. Continue reading for more.

Bonus Feature – Jose Vasconcelos Library

Mexico City’s Vasconcelos Library, labeled by the press as the “Megabiblioteca” (“megalibrary”), is dedicated to Jose Vasconcelos, the former philosopher, presidential candidate and president of the National Library of Mexico. The library is spread across 38,000 square metres (409,000 sq ft) and had an initial planned cost of 954 million pesos (roughly US$98 million). The Congress of Mexico proposed plans to reduce the budget of 2006 that included cuts for all three branches of government. National Action Party (PAN) presented an alternative budget that preserved funds for Enciclomedia and the Jose Vasconcelos Library.