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Though they are losing ground to the e-book and the audiobook, public libraries were once central hubs of human intellectual progress. There's something about them that still attracts people, however – whether it's their magnificent historical buildings or the unmistakable smell of old books and dust, scholars and bookworms 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 book collections 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 beautiful libraries that should be celebrated by all the book lovers, then please add them to this list. You can vote for your favorite houses of knowledge as well!

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

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

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The Admont Library, Admont, Austria

The Admont Library, Admont, Austria

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George Peabody Library, Baltimore, Maryland, Usa

George Peabody Library, Baltimore, Maryland, Usa

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St. Florian Monastery, Austria

St. Florian Monastery, Austria

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Bibliothèque Nationale De France, Paris, France

Bibliothèque Nationale De France, Paris, France

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

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

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Austrian National Library, Vienna, Austria

Austrian National Library, Vienna, Austria

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The Iowa State Law Library, Iowa, Usa

The Iowa State Law Library, Iowa, Usa

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The Oberlausitzische Library Of Science, Gorlitz, Germany

The Oberlausitzische Library Of Science, Gorlitz, Germany

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

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

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The Old Public Library Of Cincinnati, Ohio, Usa

The Old Public Library Of Cincinnati, Ohio, Usa

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Bibliothèque Sainte Geneviève, Paris, France

Bibliothèque Sainte Geneviève, Paris, France

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New York Public Library

New York Public Library

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Walker Library, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Usa

Walker Library, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Usa

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Vennesla Library, Vennesla, Norway

Vennesla Library, Vennesla, Norway

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Bibliothèque Mazarine, Paris, France

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#21

St John's College Library, Cambridge, Uk

St John's College Library, Cambridge, Uk

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

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

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Technical University "gheorghe Asachi" Library, Iasi, Romania

Technical University "gheorghe Asachi" Library, Iasi, Romania

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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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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Archiepiscopal Library Kromeriz, Czech Republic

Archiepiscopal Library Kromeriz, Czech Republic

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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Budapest University Of Technology And Economics (bme), Hungary

Budapest University Of Technology And Economics (bme), Hungary

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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The Tripitaka Koreana Library, Haeinsa Temple, South Korea

The Tripitaka Koreana Library, Haeinsa Temple, South Korea

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The Strahov Monastery Library, Prague

The Strahov Monastery Library, Prague

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#34

National Library Of Chile, Santiago, Chile

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#36

Trinity College Library - Dublin - Ireland

Trinity College Library - Dublin - Ireland

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Book Mountain, Spijkenisse, Netherlands

Book Mountain, Spijkenisse, Netherlands

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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State Library Of Victoria, Australia

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# 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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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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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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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

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El Ateneo. Buenos Aires, Argentina

El Ateneo. Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Szabó Ervin Library, Budapest, Hungary

Szabó Ervin Library, Budapest, Hungary

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Library Of Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

Library Of Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

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Uris Library At Cornell University

Uris Library At Cornell University

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#49

The National Library Of Finland, Helsinki, Finland

The National Library Of Finland, Helsinki, Finland

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#50

Lello & Irmão Bookstore, Porto, Portugal

Lello & Irmão Bookstore, Porto, Portugal

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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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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Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt

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Canadian Library Of Parliament, Ottawa On Exterior

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Jose Vasconcelos Library, Mexico

Jose Vasconcelos Library, Mexico

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pinhta51, unfortunately futuristic libraries may not contain what we recognise as books today.

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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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Melk Abbey Library - Melk, Austria

Melk Abbey Library - Melk, Austria

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Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vatican City

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

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

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Bapst Library, Boston College

Bapst Library, Boston College

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

More Like a food hall in a college like Harvard or Eaton.

#63

Palafoxian Library Mexico Puebla

Palafoxian Library Mexico Puebla

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Library At The National Palace In Mafra, Portugal

Library At The National Palace In Mafra, Portugal

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Central University Library, Leuven, Belgium

Central University Library, Leuven, Belgium

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Canadian Library Of Parliament, Ottawa On

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The 19th Century National Library Of Greece In Athens

The 19th Century National Library Of Greece In Athens

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Biblioteca Do Palácio Nacional De Mafra, Mafra, Portugal

Biblioteca Do Palácio Nacional De Mafra, Mafra, Portugal

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Biblioteca Angelica, Rome, Italy

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Utrecht University City Center Library, Netherlands

Utrecht University City Center Library, Netherlands

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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.

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Indianapolis Central Library, Indianapolis, Usa

Indianapolis Central Library, Indianapolis, Usa

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Paul Pleasant, please explain or elaborate for a non USA citizen ( European actually) on your comment made 3 weeks ago.

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Boston Public Library, Usa

Boston Public Library, Usa

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Croatian National Library, Zagreb

Croatian National Library, Zagreb

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Senate Library, Parliment, Ottawa,ontario, Canada

Senate Library, Parliment, Ottawa,ontario, Canada

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Black Diamond Royal Danish Library, Copenhagen - Denmark

Black Diamond Royal Danish Library, Copenhagen - Denmark

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is a beautiful building in a charming city: it is jarring in contrast to older regal buildings, adjacent. Fits in with other contemporary buildings in the neighbourhood. Controversial for Danes.

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Biblioteca Nazionale Di Napoli - Naples, Italy

Biblioteca Nazionale Di Napoli - Naples, Italy

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Biblioteca Do Conento De Mafra, Portugal

Biblioteca Do Conento De Mafra, Portugal

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University Of Michgan Law School Library

University Of Michgan Law School Library

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The 19th Century National Library Of Greece In Athens

The 19th Century National Library Of Greece In Athens

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Diocesan Library Of Eger, Eger, Hungary

Diocesan Library Of Eger, Eger, Hungary

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Library Of Birmingham Uk

Library Of Birmingham Uk

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I do like this one even though it is ultra modern. Very glad to see it being peopled by so many.

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Biblioteca Do Palacio Nacional De Mafra, Mafra, Portugal

Biblioteca Do Palacio Nacional De Mafra, Mafra, Portugal

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Carol I National College - Craiova - Mihail Strajan Library - October 18, 1836

Carol I National College - Craiova - Mihail Strajan Library - October 18, 1836

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University Of Helsinki Library, Helsinki, Finland

University Of Helsinki Library, Helsinki, Finland

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Cărturești Carusel Library, Bucharest, Romania

Cărturești Carusel Library, Bucharest, Romania

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Reading Room, State Library Of Nsw, Sydney, Australia

Reading Room, State Library Of Nsw, Sydney, Australia

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Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

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Anna Amalia Bibliothek, Weimar, Germany

Anna Amalia Bibliothek, Weimar, Germany

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El Escorial, Monastery And Tomb Of The Kings, Madrid, Spain

El Escorial, Monastery And Tomb Of The Kings, Madrid, Spain

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Melk Monastery Library

Melk Monastery Library

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#92

Stiftsbibliothek, St. Gallen, Switzerland - Unesco World Cultural Heritage Site

Stiftsbibliothek, St. Gallen, Switzerland - Unesco World Cultural Heritage Site

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Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library, Budapest, Hungary

Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library, Budapest, Hungary

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University Library, Warsaw, Poland

University Library, Warsaw, Poland

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Central Library, Manchester, Uk.

Central Library, Manchester, Uk.

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The John Ryland's Library, Manchester, Uk

The John Ryland's Library, Manchester, Uk

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This library is part of manchester university and has one of only two fragments of St Johns Gospel on display.

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Library Of Vilnius University - Mkic. Lithuania, Vilnius

Library Of Vilnius University - Mkic. Lithuania, Vilnius

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Biblioteca Palafoxiana, Puebla, Mexico

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Real Biblioteca Del Monasterio De El Escorial, Spain

Real Biblioteca Del Monasterio De El Escorial, Spain

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#100

National And University Library Of Slovenia, Ljubljana

National And University Library Of Slovenia, Ljubljana

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Teleki Library, Marosvasarhely(targu Mures), Transylvania

Teleki Library, Marosvasarhely(targu Mures), Transylvania

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National Library Of Latvia, Riga

National Library Of Latvia, Riga

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Phillips Exeter Academy Library, U.s. (architect Louis Kahn)

Phillips Exeter Academy Library, U.s. (architect Louis Kahn)

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Qods Razavi Public Library, Mashhad, Iran

Qods Razavi Public Library, Mashhad, Iran

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