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.


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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 3 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 3 years ago

BREATHTAKING...!!

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#4 The Admont Library, Admont, Austria

The Admont Library, Admont, Austria

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sundaes66 3 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 3 years ago

Incredible!

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#6 St. Florian Monastery, Austria

St. Florian Monastery, Austria

St. Florian Monastery, Austria

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3 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago

If that's solid gold...

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