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10 Incredible Places for Book Lovers

best libraries

Oh, books.

I’m a sucker for any room that uses books as decoration — not only because I love to read, but because there’s a certain emotional, sensory response to books. The smell. The feel. The look. My ultimate dream is to have a room with floor-to-ceiling books, where I can climb up a ladder that swings from one end to the other like Belle in Beauty and the Beast. 

So if you identify as a book lover yourself, you’ll be just as compelled to visit these 10 incredible libraries, book stores, and homes (that I found on BuzzFeed):

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  • The Public Library of Cincinnati 1 of 10
    The Public Library of Cincinnati
    ...from yesteryear. If I had a time machine, this would be a stop on the way.
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    This architectural feat of book amazingness is a glass-enclosed structure with a pyramid roof, and a total surface area of 9,300 sq. m. — including a reading room and cafe (with panoramic views) at the top.
  • The Libreria Acqua Alta in Venice 3 of 10
    The Libreria Acqua Alta in Venice
    The unique, dream-like bookshop sells mostly old and used books — but there's absolutely no order to it. Looking for a book in particular? You'll have to browse the stacks upon stacks, probably for hours (darn).
  • Shakespeare and Company in Paris 4 of 10
    Shakespeare and Company in Paris
    The shop — which was featured in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris — is an independent bookstore that opened in the early 1950s in honor of a previous Shakespeare and Company bookstore, where writers like Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce were known to gather.
  • A Bookstore in Buenos Aires 5 of 10
    A Bookstore in Buenos Aires
    ...that used to be a theater.
  • The International Library of Children’s Literature 6 of 10
    The International Library of Children's Literature
    This library in Japan is their only national library dedicated to children's books — mostly in Japanese, but also foreign children's books.
  • The Rijksmuseum Research Library in Amsterdam 7 of 10
    The Rijksmuseum Research Library in Amsterdam
    Yet another reason for book lovers to hop over to The Netherlands. This library has the largest art history collection in their country.
  • The Oxford Union Library 8 of 10
    The Oxford Union Library
    I wouldn't expect anything less for the students (and the intellectuals) at and around Oxford University.
  • The University of Coimbra General Library 9 of 10
    The University of Coimbra General Library
    This library belongs to the most ancient university of Portugal — originally founded in 1290. (The University settled in Coimbra , Portugal in 1537!) I don't know about you, but my college's library looked nothing like this.
  • A Personal Collection 10 of 10
    A Personal Collection
    ...that belongs to Professor Richard A. Macksey — Professor of Humanities and Director of the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins University. He has one of the largest personal libraries in Maryland, with over 70,000 books, manuscripts, and art work (valued around $4 million). Word is he holds grad classes in his gorgeous library.

See all 30 incredible book-loving places on BuzzFeed.

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Read more of Michelle’s writing at Early Mama.

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