Though they are losing ground to the e-book and the audio book, libraries were once central hubs of human intellectual progress. There's something about them that still attracts people, however – whether it's their magnificent architecture or the unmistakable smell of books and dust, scholars and dreamers alike still enjoy perusing their hoards of literary treasures.

Because of their critical importance, libraries were often built to be beautiful and built to last. Combined with the sometimes priceless treasures that they hold, their simultaneously enormous and intimate spaces possess a charm that no other type of building can command.

If you know of any other amazing libraries that should be celebrated on this list, then please add them. You can vote for your favorite houses of knowledge as well!

#1

The National Library Of Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

The National Library Of Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

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#2

Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland

Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland

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DavidMarkovič 4 years ago

Outstanding space!

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#3

Biblioteca Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Biblioteca Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Biblioteca Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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LualhatiCapon 4 years ago

BREATHTAKING...!!

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#4

The Admont Library, Admont, Austria

The Admont Library, Admont, Austria

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sundaes66 4 years ago

This reminds me of beauty and the beast

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#5

George Peabody Library, Baltimore, Maryland, Usa

George Peabody Library, Baltimore, Maryland, Usa

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Wondersense 4 years ago

Incredible!

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#6

St. Florian Monastery, Austria

St. Florian Monastery, Austria

St. Florian Monastery, Austria

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4 years ago

I'd bring my own chair - just give me a corner!

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#7

Bibliothèque Nationale De France, Paris, France

Bibliothèque Nationale De France, Paris, France

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GiselleEstrada 3 years ago

Love the stained glass windows and the blueish floor. Beautiful.

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#8

Handelingenkamer Tweede Kamer Der Staten-generaal Den Haag Iii, Netherlands

Handelingenkamer Tweede Kamer Der Staten-generaal Den Haag Iii, Netherlands

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LisaM.Duncan 4 years ago

I love the staircase!

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#9

Austrian National Library, Vienna, Austria

Austrian National Library, Vienna, Austria

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LillianGardner 4 years ago

Omg heights and statues, 2 of biggest fears. Run!! Pretty though.

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#10

Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbra, Portugal

Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbra, Portugal

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AustinNguyen 4 years ago

If that's solid gold...

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#11

The City Libary, Stuttgart, Germany

The City Libary, Stuttgart, Germany

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Marwel590 4 years ago

Reminds me of a sanitarium.

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#12

The Iowa State Law Library, Iowa, Usa

The Iowa State Law Library, Iowa, Usa

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VongphachanhMymala 4 years ago

Love staircase and the color and marble/wood constrast

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#13

The Oberlausitzische Library Of Science, Gorlitz, Germany

The Oberlausitzische Library Of Science, Gorlitz, Germany

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JohnNeal 4 years ago

Beautiful!

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#14

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, Connecticut, Usa

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, Connecticut, Usa

Michael Marsland Report

IuliaDraghiev 4 years ago

Oh my God, that is amaazing!!! O-O

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#15

The Old Public Library Of Cincinnati, Ohio, Usa

The Old Public Library Of Cincinnati, Ohio, Usa

The Old Public Library Of Cincinnati, Ohio, Usa

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PaulAraujo 4 years ago

Sadly, this library was torn down in 1955 at the time no one complained. Now everyone realizes we lost a national treasure. Check youtube.

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#16

Bibliothèque Sainte Geneviève, Paris, France

Bibliothèque Sainte Geneviève, Paris, France

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Marwel590 4 years ago

Love the scroll work. This is a functional library.

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#17

New York Public Library

New York Public Library

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ClaudiaStarbuck 4 years ago

Was this was one of the scenes in the first Ghostbusters film?

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#18

Walker Library, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Usa

Walker Library, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Usa

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kniv 4 years ago

This is not the Walker library in Minneapolis but the Library of the History of Human Imagination in Connecticut, owned by Jay Walker!

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#19

Vennesla Library, Vennesla, Norway

Vennesla Library, Vennesla, Norway

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PeytonMcIntosh 4 years ago

Some of these libraries look like futuristic space stations!!!

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#20

Bibliothèque Mazarine, Paris, France

Bibliothèque Mazarine, Paris, France

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DarylPungitore 3 years ago

Awaiting the guests for dinner.

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#21

St John's College Library, Cambridge, Uk

St John's College Library, Cambridge, Uk

The Pale Side Of Insomnia Report

LarsHettinga 4 years ago

someone else who thinks this is the library of hogwarts

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#22

The Library Of Congress, Washington, D.c., Usa

The Library Of Congress, Washington, D.c., Usa

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sundaes66 4 years ago

This is the library from National Treasure. I don't know if its the first or second

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#23

Technical University "gheorghe Asachi" Library, Iasi, Romania

Technical University "gheorghe Asachi" Library, Iasi, Romania

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DanCăpitandePlai 4 years ago

Actually more like School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Library of the aforementioned university :)

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#24

The Great Library Of The Reformed Church College Of Sarospatak - Sarospatak, Hungary

The Great Library Of The Reformed Church College Of Sarospatak - Sarospatak, Hungary

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Beata 4 years ago

I have been there several times ...

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#25

The National Library Of China, Beijing, China

The National Library Of China, Beijing, China

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SylwiaCzech 4 years ago

almost all of the places are taken :O

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#26

Archiepiscopal Library Kromeriz, Czech Republic

Archiepiscopal Library Kromeriz, Czech Republic

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#27

Harper Library, Usa

Harper Library, Usa

Justin Kern Report

NinoDondua 4 years ago

Where are the books here?

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#28

Palácio Nacional De Mafra, Portugal

Palácio Nacional De Mafra, Portugal

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LynnMacDonald 4 years ago

WOW

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#29

Budapest University Of Technology And Economics (bme), Hungary

Budapest University Of Technology And Economics (bme), Hungary

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DorottyaOpánszky 3 years ago

Looks like a classroom in Roxfort... that dude only should be Hermione ^^

#30

The Tripitaka Koreana Library, Haeinsa Temple, South Korea

The Tripitaka Koreana Library, Haeinsa Temple, South Korea

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IvarTamm 4 years ago

peaceful

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#31

The Forgotten Library

The Forgotten Library

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MayaBell 4 years ago

Where is this?

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#32

The Strahov Monastery Library, Prague

The Strahov Monastery Library, Prague

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#33

Abbey Library Of Saint Gallen Switzerland

Abbey Library Of Saint Gallen Switzerland

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MinnaHenriksson 4 years ago

This is the library of my dreams.

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#34

National Library Of Chile, Santiago, Chile

National Library Of Chile, Santiago, Chile

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LukaMusicki 4 years ago

Interesting library, exquisite collection of furniture and very good style.

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#35

Library Of Orthopedic Institute Rizzoli - Bologna

Library Of Orthopedic Institute Rizzoli - Bologna

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4 years ago

Italy

#36

Trinity College Library - Dublin - Ireland

Trinity College Library - Dublin - Ireland

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subsmailing 4 years ago

Already in the list at #2

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#37

Book Mountain, Spijkenisse, Netherlands

Book Mountain, Spijkenisse, Netherlands

Jeroen Musch Report

ManricoMetiong 3 years ago

Manrico Metiong in Coski1 better schedule Gorlitz write in UC Berkeley, Uottawa in Canada Encyclopedia books METIONG'S folder paper send PHD hp m.metiong.

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#38

State Library Of Victoria, Australia

State Library Of Victoria, Australia

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LukaMusicki 4 years ago

It is good to see Victoria, Australia on the top of the list.

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#39

# 50 Szte Klebelsberg Library, Szeged, Hungary

# 50 Szte Klebelsberg Library, Szeged, Hungary

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#40

Girolamini's Library (naples, Italy)

Girolamini's Library (naples, Italy)

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#41

Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge (uk)

Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge (uk)

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#42

Ottawa, Canada Parliamentary Library

Ottawa, Canada Parliamentary Library

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ManricoMetiong 3 years ago

Manrico Metiong in Coski1 better schedule Gorlitz write in UC Berkeley, Uottawa in Canada Encyclopedia Books METIONG'S PHD hp folder paper send m.metiong.

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#43

Royal Site Of San Lorenzo De El Escorial Library, S. Lorenzo De El Escorial, Spain

Royal Site Of San Lorenzo De El Escorial Library, S. Lorenzo De El Escorial, Spain

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#44

Stockholm Public Library

Stockholm Public Library

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#45

El Ateneo. Buenos Aires, Argentina

El Ateneo. Buenos Aires, Argentina

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pinhat51 4 years ago

looks like a theater turned into a library. kinda cool.

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#46

Szabó Ervin Library, Budapest, Hungary

Szabó Ervin Library, Budapest, Hungary

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ManricoMetiong 3 years ago

Manrico Metiong in Coski1 better schedule Gorlitz write in UC Berkeley, Uottawa in Canada Encyclopedia Books METIONG'S my father with mother is uncle and auntie Borther sister children in home course relations finally in folder paper send PHD hp m.metiong

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#47

Library Of Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

Library Of Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

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ApurvaRoy 4 years ago

So many books ... And yet most of em are using laptops

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#48

Uris Library At Cornell University

Uris Library At Cornell University

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NattheOnlyCat 4 years ago

Glad I don't have to polish all that brass!

#49

The National Library Of Finland, Helsinki, Finland

The National Library Of Finland, Helsinki, Finland

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4 years ago

Virtual Tour -> http://www.virtuaalikuvaus.com/kansalliskirjasto/esitys_en.html

#50

Lello & Irmão Bookstore, Porto, Portugal

Lello & Irmão Bookstore, Porto, Portugal

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4 years ago

The library was the scene of some scenes from the movie Harry Potter , the Library Flourish and Blots , in King's Cross.

#51

Jp Morgan Library, New York, Ny

Jp Morgan Library, New York, Ny

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#52

Library Of The Honourable Society Of Lincoln's Inn, London Wc2, U.k.

Library Of The Honourable Society Of Lincoln's Inn, London Wc2, U.k.

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#53

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt

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LisaM.Duncan 4 years ago

Way too modern. Alexander would not approve.

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#54

National Library Of Latvia, Riga

National Library Of Latvia, Riga

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Eglė 3 years ago

nothing special

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#55

Canadian Library Of Parliament, Ottawa On Exterior

Canadian Library Of Parliament, Ottawa On Exterior

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Ruut Cederfay 4 years ago

Cool picture of cool old library, but it's already listed as No 48 on the list. (At the time of me posting this.)

#56

Strahov Monastery Library, Prague, Czech Republic

Strahov Monastery Library, Prague, Czech Republic

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MagicalUnicorn 3 years ago

wow, so pretty

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#57

Jose Vasconcelos Library, Mexico

Jose Vasconcelos Library, Mexico

Jose Vasconcelos Library, Mexico

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pinhat51 4 years ago

looks like a futuristic library to me.

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#58

An Almost 180-degree Panoramic View Of The British Museum Reading Room.

An Almost 180-degree Panoramic View Of The British Museum Reading Room.

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#59

Melk Abbey Library - Melk, Austria

Melk Abbey Library - Melk, Austria

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#60

Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vatican City

Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vatican City

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jsm 4 years ago

I don't see any books here?

#61

Central University Library Of Bucharest (biblioteca Centrală Universitară „carol I”)

Central University Library Of Bucharest (biblioteca Centrală Universitară „carol I”)

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#62

Bapst Library, Boston College

Bapst Library, Boston College

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#63

Palafoxian Library Mexico Puebla

Palafoxian Library Mexico Puebla

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#64

Library At The National Palace In Mafra, Portugal

Library At The National Palace In Mafra, Portugal

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Patricia Rodrigues 4 years ago

Same as entry #26

#65

Central University Library, Leuven, Belgium

Central University Library, Leuven, Belgium

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#66

Utrecht University City Center Library, Netherlands

Utrecht University City Center Library, Netherlands

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ManricoMetiong 3 years ago

Manrico Metiong in Coski1 better schedule Gorlitz write in UC Berkeley, Uottawa in Canada Encyclopedia Books METIONG'S my Family and friends course relations folder paper send PHD hp m.metiong.

#67

Canadian Library Of Parliament, Ottawa On

Canadian Library Of Parliament, Ottawa On

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#68

The 19th Century National Library Of Greece In Athens

The 19th Century National Library Of Greece In Athens

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#69

Biblioteca Do Palácio Nacional De Mafra, Mafra, Portugal

Biblioteca Do Palácio Nacional De Mafra, Mafra, Portugal

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AliceLiddell 4 years ago

Same as #28 and #64.

#70

Biblioteca Angelica, Rome, Italy

Biblioteca Angelica, Rome, Italy

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#71

Indianapolis Central Library, Indianapolis, Usa

Indianapolis Central Library, Indianapolis, Usa

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#72

Boston Public Library, Usa

Boston Public Library, Usa

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#73

Croatian National Library, Zagreb

Croatian National Library, Zagreb

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JuditGál 4 years ago

This is the Croatian National Archive in Zagreb.

#74

Senate Library, Parliment, Ottawa,ontario, Canada

Senate Library, Parliment, Ottawa,ontario, Canada

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#75

Black Diamond Royal Danish Library, Copenhagen - Denmark

Black Diamond Royal Danish Library, Copenhagen - Denmark

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#76

Biblioteca Nazionale Di Napoli - Naples, Italy

Biblioteca Nazionale Di Napoli - Naples, Italy

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#77

Biblioteca Do Conento De Mafra, Portugal

Biblioteca Do Conento De Mafra, Portugal

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AliceLiddell 4 years ago

Same as #28, #64 and #70...

#78

University Of Michgan Law School Library

University Of Michgan Law School Library

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OrCarmon 4 years ago

wait... I used to live in michigan and I missed THAT?

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#79

The 19th Century National Library Of Greece In Athens

The 19th Century National Library Of Greece In Athens

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#80

Diocesan Library Of Eger, Eger, Hungary

Diocesan Library Of Eger, Eger, Hungary

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#81

Library Of Birmingham Uk

Library Of Birmingham Uk

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NattheOnlyCat 4 years ago

Love the open, light-filled, modern feel!

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#82

Biblioteca Do Palacio Nacional De Mafra, Mafra, Portugal