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Most people probably think that libraries are all about being quiet, studying for tests and finding places to hang out with your friends… but there”s more to libraries than just that. Take these photos for example of incredible architecture and design. No, these aren”t scenes from dramatic movies or prototypes of what libraries could look like. Each and every one of these formidable rooms exist somewhere in the world. They are home to books, knowledge and beauty… they aren”t your average public library.

1.) Beinecke Library

1.) Beinecke Library

2.) Iowa State Capital Law Library

2.) Iowa State Capital Law Library

3.) Stuttgart City Library

3.) Stuttgart City Library

4.) New York Public Library

4.) New York Public Library

5.) The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

5.) The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

6.) Melk Abbey

6.) Melk Abbey

7.) University of Coimbra Library

7.) University of Coimbra Library

8.) Prague Clementinum (National Library)

8.) Prague Clementinum (National Library)

(Strahov Monastery Library in Prague)

(Strahov Monastery Library in Prague)

9.) The Vatican Apostolic Library

9.) The Vatican Apostolic Library

10.) Zurich B2 Boutique Hotel

10.) Zurich B2 Boutique Hotel

11.) Admont Abbey Library

11.) Admont Abbey Library

12.) Stockholm”s potential future Public Library (architect”s rendering).

12.) Stockholm

13.) Our Lady of Einseldeln Archabbey Library

13.) Our Lady of Einseldeln Archabbey Library

14.) The Austrian National Library

14.) The Austrian National Library

15.) Trinity College Library of Dublin

15.) Trinity College Library of Dublin

16.) The Providence Athenaeum

16.) The Providence Athenaeum

Libraries aren”t just about getting shushed. They store and protect priceless knowledge around the world. Not only that, but people have spent centuries building beautiful libraries, letting their architecture be defined by these buildings. Absolutely incredible.

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