The 27 Most Incredible Libraries in the World

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Generally speaking, libraries are losing the battle against the e-book and audio books. The advantages for both storing books and for those carrying them around are obvious when it comes to a real book vs. an E-reader but there is still nothing quite like the feel of a real book.

Libraries such as the ones below have long been a place of learning and educating future generations, not only because of the wealth of knowledge they hold but their impressive and inspiring architecture too. We think that it's safe to say, no matter how popular e-books become in the future, libraries such as these both old and new will be around for a long time yet.

1. The National Library Of Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

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2. Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland

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3. Biblioteca Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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4. St. Florian Monastery, Austria

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5. The Admont Library, Admont, Austria

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6. George Peabody Library, Baltimore, Maryland, Usa

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7. Handelingenkamer Tweede Kamer Der Staten-generaal Den Haag Iii, Netherlands

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10. Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbra, Portugal

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11. Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, Connecticut, Usa

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12. Bibliothèque Nationale De France, Paris, France

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13. The Old Public Library Of Cincinnati, Ohio, Usa

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via Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

14. The Iowa State Law Library, Iowa, Usa

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via legis.iowa.gov

15. The City Libary, Stuttgart, Germany

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via Philipp Hilpert

16. The Oberlausitzische Library Of Science, Gorlitz, Germany

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via goerlitzer-anzeiger.de

17. New York Public Library

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via David Markovič

18. Bibliothèque Sainte Geneviève, Paris, France

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19. St John's College Library, Cambridge, Uk

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20. The Library Of Congress, Washington, D.C., USA

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21. Bibliothèque Mazarine, Paris, France

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22. Vennesla Library, Vennesla, Norway

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23. Harper Library, USA

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24. The National Library Of China, Beijing, China

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25. State Library Of Victoria, Australia

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26. Book Mountain, Spijkenisse, Netherlands

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27. Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt

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