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The Pierpont Morgan Library in NYC is one of the grandest libraries in the United States. It was designed by Charles McKim and built in 1906 to house the private library of financier J. P. Morgan and cost U$S1.2 million (at that time!) to build. Morgan, who was a noted collector, included in his library manuscripts and printed books, some of them in rare bindings, and his collection of prints and drawings. The building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966.

Located on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, this amazing library is actually open to the public by appointment. The collection consists of “Pierpont Morgan’s immense holdings [which] ranged from Egyptian art to Renaissance paintings to Chinese porcelains.

I'm in love...must find this space and get to it!!

The famous "Duchess Anna Amalia Library" (german: "Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek"), Weimar, Germany

Archway of books at the entrance to Le Bal de Ardents.

Creative & awesome book arch at Le Bal des Ardents, Lyon, France

Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris. The National Library of France has expanded its collection within the last few decades, since it was established in 1461. The older building that was completed in 1868 on the Rue de Richelieu is still in use and not to be missed. Once the largest library in the world, this title remains no longer. Nonetheless, it is still impressive with collections like 5,000 Greek manuscripts and an impressive staff of 2,700.

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The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries Trinity College Library, Ireland Bibliotheque Nationale de France, France The Library of El Escorial, Spain Handelingenkamer, Netherlands Abbey.

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Queen’s College Library, Oxford University, Oxford, UK. Click image to see the full list of beautiful libraries.

Trinity College Library, Dublin, Irlanda

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The Queen's College Library, Oxford

Oxford University Queen’s College Library in Oxford, England 16 Libraries You Have To See Before You Die. *Yay for libraries!

Home Library ~ 2-story with spiral staircase

My dream home will have a library. If only I had this much books! two story library plan

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Beautiful library full of old books in Spain. {Ancient Library, University of Salamanca, Spain photo via lodewijk}

La Biblioteca Nacional de Austria (en alemán, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek) heredera de la antigua Biblioteca Imperial de los Habsburgo (Hofbibliothek), posee casi ocho millones de documentos. Adquirió su nombre actual en 1920, tras el fin del Imperio. Recoge la riqueza acumulada por la Casa de Habsburgo desde tiempos medievales.

a-l-ancien-regime: Austrian National Library (via Booklicious: 15 Dream Libraries)

Amazing US libraries

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of Chicago Harper Library is the very first one! I spent so much time in this room thirty years ago.

The Oxford Union Library, (actually ALL of the places on this list) | The 30 Best Places To Be If You Love Books

lalibrairie: The Oxford Union Library, Oxford, United Kingdom On the walls are Pre-Raphaelites murals, painted by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. It also has a unique clerestory (Wikipedia will tell you all about it here).

Biblioteca Marciana, Venice by Eva0707

Cambridge historian James Campbell has spent the last three years touring the globe with architectural photographer Will Pryce, to document and research the world's most magnificent libraries.

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