Check Out Some of the Coolest Libraries From Around the Globe

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It’s easy to think of libraries at dusty old buildings without much aesthetic appeal, but these incredible book rooms will change the way you think about libraries forever. From Austria to Washington D.C., to the United Kingdom, this gallery features some of the most breathtaking libraries from around the world.

Butler Library at Columbia University — New York, N.Y.

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Vatican Library — Vatican City

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Library at the Benedictine Monastery of Admont — Admont, Austria

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Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University — New Haven, Connecticut

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Royal Portuguese Reading Room — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Library of Congress — Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

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The Library of Melk Abbey — Austria

The library of Melk Abbey, Austria; Melk Abbey

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University of Aberdeen Library — United Kingdom

Architect: schmidt hammer lassen architects, Client: University of Aberdeen, Area: 15,500 m², Construction sum: € 40 million excl. VAT, Competition: 2005, 1st prize in restricted international competition, Status: Construction period 2009 - 2011, Engineer: Arup & Partners Ltd, Quantity Surveyors: Davis Langdon LLP, Landscape Architect: schmidt hammer lassen architects

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