Buenos Aires has an assortment of libraries ideal for escaping the heat with a good book. Some are great to relax in, while others are better from which to borrow. Here is Culture Trip’s guide to the five most beautiful libraries in Buenos Aires.
In front of the Plaza San Martin and tucked inside the Circulo Militar, this library calls to mind Buenos Aires’ omnipresent military. Designed to shout aristocracy, the building feels too elaborate to be functional and should not be missed — even if you’re not a martial fan. Leather-bound desks, mirrored walls and a marble hearth combine to create a sense of royalty in the reading room, and even the door is plated in gold. Containing over 60,000 works, topics include war strategy, martial history and international military magazines from America, Brazil, and France. The library is accessible to the public yet accommodates only 15 people at a time, however, so plan your visit accordingly.