Some libraries are just amazing places. Here are seven libraries where the architecture is as inspiring as the literature, and where nudity is absolutely forbidden—no exceptions!
1. Handelingenkamer, Netherlands
The Dutch Parliament’s library is a marvel of design. Keep your clothes on, though—unfortunately, that’s just house rules.
2. Boston Public Library, USA
America’s very first municipal library is perennially voted as one of Boston’s most beautiful buildings. However, fair warning: The no-naked policy here is as inflexible as they come.
3. National Library Of China
This gem houses thousands of historical records, with an expert team of friendly, clothed librarians available to help you navigate them…that is, provided you too are clothed!
4. David Sassoon Library, India
The oldest library in Mumbai is renowned for its elegant courtyard garden, but you mustn’t take all of your clothes off—even on your birthday, it is simply not allowed.
5. José Vasconselos Library, Mexico
At 409,000 square feet, this place is huge, and on weekdays there aren’t too many people around, so maybe if you created a distraction by setting fire to the building…no, no, you’d still only get 10 minutes to yourself, tops. Not worth it.
6. Nakanoshima Library, Japan
The neo-baroque style of this landmark influences everything from its striking copper roof dome down to the bathrooms, essentially the only places it’s okay to expose your genitals (and even then, only partially).
7. Victorian State Library, Australia
An impressive collection of Captain John Cook’s folios is one reason you’ll find tourists here of all kinds—young and old, black and white—but, as you may notice, all clothed. That’s because they know they can’t be naked in here. Neither can you, and neither can anyone else.