10 Libraries You’ve Got to Visit in Your Lifetime

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Libraries are houses of learning, and oh my god are they beautiful. While some libraries are just plain old municipal buildings, there are others that completely surpass all expectations. Here’s a list of ten libraries so special, it may be worth your while to take a trip to see them.

1. Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France

Home to 15 million books, it is beautifully French. Also, tourists.

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2. Trinity College Library, Ireland

The largest library in Ireland and home to the famous Book of Kells.

3. Library Hall, Clementinum, Prague

This baroque library was opened by Jesuits in 1622 when they had only one book to put in it.

4. Macquari University Library, Sydney, Australia

Robot cranes pick up your books and transports them to the desk for check out.

5. The Royal Library Copenhagen, Denmark

Part of the Royal Library, the Black Diamond holds a concert hall, cafe and exhibition spaces.

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6. Stuttgart City Library, Stuttgart, Germany

Everything is painted white so the only color comes from the books and the visitors.

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7. New York Public Library, New York, NY

Founded in 1895, it is the largest public library system in the United States.

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8. Bodleian Library, Oxford, United Kingdom

Enacted in 1602 as Oxford University’s library and is one of the oldest libraries in Europe.

9. Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New Haven, CT

One of the largest buildings in the world housing rare books and manuscripts.

10. The Library of Congress, Washington D.C.

The oldest federal cultural institution in the United States.

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From baroque to ne0-modern, these fantastic libraries were designed to treat all the senses. Support libraries!