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!

#1

The National Library Of Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

The National Library Of Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

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PatriciaColeAshton
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7 years ago

enthralling

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#2

Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland

Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland

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DavidMarkovič
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7 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
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7 years ago

BREATHTAKING...!!

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#4

The Admont Library, Admont, Austria

The Admont Library, Admont, Austria

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sundaes66
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7 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
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7 years ago

Incredible!

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#6

St. Florian Monastery, Austria

St. Florian Monastery, Austria

St. Florian Monastery, Austria

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7 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
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6 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
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7 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
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7 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
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7 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
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7 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
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7 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
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7 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

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IuliaDraghiev
Community Member
7 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
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7 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
Community Member
7 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
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7 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
Community Member
7 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
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7 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
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6 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

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LarsHettinga
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7 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
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7 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
Community Member
7 years ago

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

IoanDoroftei
Community Member
7 years ago

Sorry, capitane, it is the library of the entire university!!!

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CristiMihai
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7 years ago

In reality, this library is more beautiful than in this picture.

DanBunis
Community Member
7 years ago

It was started by my gran-gran father, M. Edmund Brockle First Engineer of the city and his brothers in law M. Alfred and Valéry de Bogusz.

Bianca-ElizaOneata
Community Member
7 years ago

Ce minunatie

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PascDanaValentina
Community Member
7 years ago

Aici mi-am facut studiile!!! Este un dar de la Dumnezeu sa poti invata in asemenea locuri!!

MinodoraRipa
Community Member
7 years ago

More photos at http://www.tuiasi.ro/en/discover-tuiasi/photo-gallery/general/library

EynardAlina
Community Member
7 years ago

mai ales daca se scot acele baloane de prost gust care n-au ce cauta in acea sala:))

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PostolacheLavinia
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7 years ago

Wonderfull!!!

FlorinNedelcut
Community Member
7 years ago

Macar noi, cei din Romania care putem sa ajungem sa o vedem si "pe viu" ar trebui sa gasim si detalii despre ea, despre istorie, arhitecti..

Ana Adamoae
Community Member
7 years ago

cateva detalii gasiti aici http://ivisit.ro/redescoperim-romania-o-biblioteca-din-iasi-inclusa-intr-o-competitie-pentru-desemnarea-celor-mai

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catalinpaduraru
Community Member
7 years ago

Best

RodicaGaina
Community Member
7 years ago

Very nice

GinaNimigean
Community Member
7 years ago

:) great

RalucaGreen
Community Member
7 years ago

daca ar fi restaurata ce bine ar arata :)

DanaSasha
Community Member
7 years ago

Such a view!

CristinaSolinschi
Community Member
7 years ago

Great!

DumitrescuAngela
Community Member
6 years ago

Urmatoarea pe lista mea!

ManricoMetiong
Community Member
7 years ago

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ManricoMetiong
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7 years ago

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PeetMudyx
Community Member
7 years ago

Places like this are graceful , because they remind us on untold words , we have forget , long times ago .

PeetMudyx
Community Member
7 years ago

There is a spezial smell , of free mind . . . . . you know what i mean . . . . . .

رذاذناعورة
Community Member
7 years ago

being inside this place is real gift from heaven :)

BiancaK
Community Member
7 years ago

The Romanians are so "objective". NOT! Ordinary photo! The library may be nice, but not as beautiful as the other libraries below.

BiancaK
Community Member
7 years ago

Ordinary photo! Who voted for this? The library may be nice, but not No 1.

IonelOnofras
Community Member
7 years ago

Indeed, is the most beautiful in the world! I love it!

ElicaStaimez
Community Member
7 years ago

I study chemical engineering betwen 1973-1978 in this place !Fantastic !!!!!

Gina Nimigean
Community Member
7 years ago

I prepared many of my exams here, it's inspiring & motivating. If you want to study srsly and to feel great doing it, take a sit in there!

Community Member
7 years ago

Ce frumos!!!!

Roxana Ritiu
Community Member
7 years ago

Este cu adevărat foarte frumoasă!

NinaIordache
Community Member
7 years ago

Frumoasa!

JecuAurel
Community Member
7 years ago

BEST !

VictoriaRosca
Community Member
7 years ago

Impresionanta, frumoasa, plina de istorie ....

NicoletaAlinaPopescuVulvoi
Community Member
7 years ago

Very nice design!

LumiMard
Community Member
7 years ago

great

Community Member
7 years ago

Merită primul loc

nmoanta
Community Member
7 years ago

Trebuie să o vizitez şi eu...

starkalexandre
Community Member
7 years ago

Woooauuuu !!!!

Munteanu Georgeta
Community Member
7 years ago

Wonderfull!!!!!!!!!!

OtiliaPetrea
Community Member
7 years ago

#1 Technical University "gheorghe Asachi" Library, Iasi, Romania

PlesuGheorghe
Community Member
7 years ago

It is wnderfull.

Yolanda Cretescu
Community Member
7 years ago

Very beautiful!

ElenaDura
Community Member
7 years ago

Gorgeous!

doinitapintilie
Community Member
7 years ago

Very beautiful!

LotusRoxana
Community Member
7 years ago

Very beautiful, unfortunately most of the time it is closed

IulianaCrinaBarcan
Community Member
7 years ago

superba

IulianBãlan
Community Member
7 years ago

Harry Potter Library :)

EynardAlina
Community Member
7 years ago

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nu e nici pe departe cea mai frumoasa din lume, iar votam din patriotism prost inteles!

Simona
Community Member
7 years ago

Pentru mine, este cea mai maiestuoasa, exact cum cere titlul listei! Maiestuos, adica (DEX): care impune, impres. prin maretia infatisarii

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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
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7 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
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7 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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2 years ago

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#27

Harper Library, Usa

Harper Library, Usa

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NinoDondua
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7 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
Community Member
7 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
Community Member
7 years ago

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

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#30

The Tripitaka Koreana Library, Haeinsa Temple, South Korea

The Tripitaka Koreana Library, Haeinsa Temple, South Korea

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IvarTamm
Community Member
7 years ago

peaceful

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#31

The Forgotten Library

The Forgotten Library

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MayaBell
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7 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
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7 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
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7 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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Community Member
7 years ago

Italy

#36

Trinity College Library - Dublin - Ireland

Trinity College Library - Dublin - Ireland

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subsmailing
Community Member
7 years ago

Already in the list at #2

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#37

Book Mountain, Spijkenisse, Netherlands

Book Mountain, Spijkenisse, Netherlands

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ManricoMetiong
Community Member
7 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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Olivia Shue
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2 years ago

I've been there in 2018. State Library Of Victoria is stunning. 2020-03-01...cd-png.jpg 2020-03-01-40558-5e5ac43d9e3cd-png.jpg

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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
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7 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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Cee Bee
Community Member
2 years ago

Very nice library.

#45

El Ateneo. Buenos Aires, Argentina

El Ateneo. Buenos Aires, Argentina

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pinhat51
Community Member
7 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
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7 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
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7 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
Community Member
7 years ago

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

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#49

The National Library Of Finland, Helsinki, Finland

The National Library Of Finland, Helsinki, Finland

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7 years ago

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

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#50

Lello & Irmão Bookstore, Porto, Portugal

Lello & Irmão Bookstore, Porto, Portugal

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7 years ago

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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#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
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7 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
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6 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
Community Member
7 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
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6 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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Cee Bee
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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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.