The Top Library Wedding Venues in the U.S.

Book lovers will swoon over these dreamy library wedding venues.
Anna Hecht - The Knot Contributor.
Anna Hecht
Anna Hecht - The Knot Contributor.
Anna Hecht
The Knot Contributor
  • As a freelancer, Anna writes articles for The Knot Worldwide.
  • A former New Yorker, Anna now lives in Stockholm, Sweden, where she is the Deputy Managing Editor at a wellness startup.
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Updated Jan 08, 2024

For an extra-elegant wedding day, consider hosting your wedding at one of these chic library wedding venues. No matter which U.S. city you're getting married in, there's bound to be a stunning library that also doubles as an event space. But, if you ask us, the 13 library wedding venues in this list are undoubtedly some of the most beautiful. Whether you want to host your big day in a grand location that can fit over 300 guests or you're a major book lover and would like to get married in a charming bookshop, this roundup has it all. If you prefer a more modern location or one with major historic charm, you'll also find a variety of wedding venue options to suit your tastes. Keep scrolling to find your wedding location at the library of your dreams.

Housing Works Bookstore in New York, New York

Want your wedding costs to go to a good cause? Consider Housing Works Bookstore in New York City. When you host a wedding at this bookshop, all of the venue's proceeds go to the homeless living with HIV or AIDS. In this charming event space, you'll be surrounded by spiral staircases, mahogany balconies, high ceilings and rows of books. With 3,000 square-feet of space, this venue has space for 150 guests to attend your wedding ceremony and reception. It's truly the perfect place for book lovers to hold their special day.

The Library at 190 South LaSalle in Chicago, Illinois

Located in Chicago, The Library at 190 South Lasalle is a newly renovated, elegant library wedding venue that used to be a law library. Inside, you'll find a warm space with high ceilings, grand lighting fixtures, space for both your ceremony and reception in the library, and a separate cocktail area. On the bookshelves, there are still 50,000 volumes of law books to give your wedding that true library feel. As for your guest count, this venue can accommodate up to 150 guests for seated dinners — and up to 300 for a cocktail reception. For a wedding event space with loads of character, charm and ambiance, add The Library at 190 South Lasalle to your list of must-see venues.

The New York Public Library — Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in New York, New York

Choose The New York Public Library — Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, and you'll get to say "I do" at a New York City Landmark. Perfect for intimate weddings or larger, more extravagant affairs, this magnificent space is known for hosting special events. Inside this venue, which can accommodate over 300 guests, you'll be provided space to host the reception of your dreams—complete with a dance floor. One look at the library's interior and iconic exterior, and you'll understand how iconic your wedding photos are going to be. Consider this space for your wedding celebration, and your guests are bound to be impressed.

Brooklyn Art Library in Brooklyn, New York

The Brooklyn Art Library is located in Williamsburg, one of Brooklyn's trendiest neighborhoods. This cool event space isn't your ordinary library. Instead of regular books, the library shelves are filled with the largest collection of artist sketchbooks in the world. The colorful sketchbooks lining the walls offer the perfect backdrop to your wedding photos. As for pricing, this location costs $3,500 for 50 guests—and it can accommodate up to 100 guests on your wedding day. If you want a chic wedding that screams "Brooklyn vibes," this may just be your dream location.

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Boston Public Library in Boston, Massachusetts

For a wedding day that makes you feel like royalty, consider the Boston Public Library. This unique library wedding venue has a lot of history—and you can add to its story by tying the knot there. Inside, you'll find ornately designed spaces in a variety of sizes and a dreamy courtyard with greenery, second-floor balconies and an elegant reflective pool. Inside, there's a stunning wedding reception area with grand floor-to-ceiling columns. For catering, this venue offers sample seasonal menus, and you'll also be provided assistance from their helpful wedding planners. Planning a larger wedding? No problem. This space can accommodate more than 300 guests.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston, Massachusetts

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston is the perfect setting for your big day. Located on a 12-acre park, this event space is sure to wow your guests. With floor to ceiling glass windows in the ceremony space, you'll be able to exchange vows with breathtaking views of the sea in the background. Not a big fan of planning? No worries. This location's experienced events team will arrange every detail of the day. They'll help you with catering, parking for guests, and even offer a hospitality suite, starting at 10 a.m. on the day of your wedding. As for guest count, this space can fit up to 300 guests.

The Richard Nixon Library Foundation in Yorba Linda, California

For a gorgeous California wedding, consider the Richard Nixon Library Foundation, located in the heart of Orange County. This event venue offers indoor and outdoor spaces that exude timeless elegance. Set on nine acres of stunning property, this venue has a lush rose garden, referred to as the The First Lady's Rose Garden. There's also the expansive lawn, which can accommodate up to 450 guests. Want to host your wedding reception indoors? You'll love the East Room, which features three marvelous chandeliers, golden Italian silk draperies, imported marble fireplaces—and a beautiful wooden terrazzo dance floor.

Webster Hall SF in San Francisco, California

Tying the knot in San Francisco? Then, you have to check out Webster Hall, a beautiful event venue with loads of character and ambiance. At this location, you'll have access to the library, an outdoor garden and a contemporary art gallery. Inside, you'll find grand staircases, high ceilings, expansive windows and statement light fixtures. It's the perfect place to capture dreamy wedding photos—and your guests will definitely be impressed. Speaking of guests, this space can accommodate up to 150 people on your big day.

George Peabody Library in Baltimore, Maryland

Photos of the George Peabody Library in Baltimore, Maryland, are sure to take your breath away. This grand venue is housed in the world-renown Peabody Institute of Music — and it's also known as an iconic wedding venue. Inside the library, you'll get to host your wedding ceremony and reception, while surrounded by ornate balconies and multiple floors of books. In the ceiling of this atrium-style room, there's a grand skylight to let in plenty of natural light on your big day. Online, the information is limited about what else this event space offers, but you can contact the venue for more details. As for your guest count, this space can fit up to 200 guests on your special day.

The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, California

The Last Bookstore, located in Los Angeles, is the perfect setting for book lovers to host their wedding day. With an adaptable area of 22,000 square feet, this full-service venue is perfect for intimate or larger weddings ranging from 50 to 500 people. At this location, you'll find high ceilings and an abundance of colorful bookshelves, which serve as an eye-catching backdrop for wedding photos. The interior is also filled with massive pillars, hanging chandeliers, artwork and twinkling lights on the mezzanine's balcony. Plan your wedding at this Downtown Los Angeles event space, and it's sure to be an unforgettable day.

The Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois

Located in Chicago, The Newberry Library is a unique wedding venue that was first founded in 1887. Its interiors reflect the history of this stunning event space with beautiful wooden floors, elegant chandeliers, grand columns, marble floors and pink granite that was sourced from Bradford, Connecticut. When hosting your wedding a the Newberry Library, you'll have access to multiple spaces for your festivities. It's common to host a cocktail hour in the Lobby—and then your wedding reception in Ruggles Hall. On your big day, you'll also have a suite provided for you and your wedding party to get ready. This space can accommodate up to 200 guests.

Douglas County Libraries in Douglas County, Colorado

Planning your wedding in Colorado? Consider the Douglas County Libraries, located just 45 minutes by car from both downtown Denver and Colorado Springs. This charming event space offers indoor, outdoor and covered outdoor wedding spaces—so, you can plan your wedding day exactly as you envisioned it. The helpful events team at this venue will also help you to do the planning. Whether you need help choosing your wedding vendors or you'd like assistance picking the perfect spaces for your particular wedding size, the staff at this event space will be there for you every step of the way. As for your gust count, this venue can fit up to 300 guests.

Indianapolis Public Library in Indianapolis, Indiana

Last but not least, we have the Indianapolis Public Library, a historic venue with modern charm. The original construction of this library was finished in 1917. Since then, it's served as a library—and now, it's a great place to host your wedding. With both indoor and outdoor areas available, this venue was made to suit your preferences. First, there's the atrium, which is covered in a glass enclosure to provide breathtaking views. There's also the Simon Reading Room, which has two marble staircases and classical architecture. And finally, there's the East Garden with an oval lawn to add to the elegance of your big day. When planning your wedding, keep in mind that this space can accommodate more than 300 guests.

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