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11 of the world's most beautiful libraries

Andrew Willis

“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future,” wrote Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, the ultimate book defenders' manifesto. Dating back thousands of years, through Egyptian, Greek, Persian and Roman history, libraries have always served as bastions of civilization, protectors of free thought and breeding grounds of ideas. And throughout history, architects have designed libraries as vast and awe-inspiring as the miles of books they house.

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  • Shira White

    It's great to see these. We just ran a post about Beautiful Libraries on BeautifulNow ( where we have even more beautiful libraries for you to see. It's so great that so many of us are gaining an awareness and appreciation for the physical, intellectual, aesthetic, and spiritual beauty of these magnificent halls of knowledge and expression.