Virtual Tours of Historic Libraries

Due to COVID many of us are unable to travel physically. However, we can travel online to many of the world’s historic libraries thanks to the rising number of free virtual tours! Here’s a News & Notes compilation of many of those tours:

Relax in New York Public, stroll through the José María Lafragua in Mexico, marvel at the wonders of the Mafra Palace Library of Portugal…

Some of these tours use standard video technology, while others use 360 degree platforms through Google Arts & Culture.

Do you know of other virtual tours of historic libraries? Please email additions to us at We need virtual tours that help us celebrate the rich library traditions in all of the world’s civilizations!

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