The Public Library (Stadsbiblioteket) is a classic spot in Stockholm for anyone who appreciates beautiful architecture. The library is open for anyone to visit – as long as you keep your voice down.
The building is one of the Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund’s classic and most famous works and it dates from 1928. The building is shaped around an impressive round central hall with wooden bookshelves from the floor to the ceiling. It is a typical example of the Nordic Classicism style in architecture.
I used to go here when I was studying to sit in one of the quiet study areas and read. Nowadays I visit it mostly because I like the atmosphere, or because I’m in the neighbourhood and want to get a cup of coffee for a decent price.
The library has an international section with newspapers and books from all over the world so even if you don’t speak Swedish you will surely find something that suits you here.