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01/30/2015 08:49 am ET Updated Jan 30, 2015

16 Breathtakingly Beautiful Libraries From Around The World

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What book lover doesn't cherish warm memories of browsing stacks at her college, or attending story time in his hometown? The knowledge housed in libraries can be a comfort, but the delights to be had when visiting them are many. Getting lost in their literary treasures is uniquely satisfying, but they are also places that radiate aesthetic beauty, often showcasing bold architectural experiments.

Last month, we collected photos of some of the world's most stunning libraries, as captured by photographer Franck Bohbot. The list included the Bibliothèque Nationale de France with its dramatic lighting, and the Biblioteca Vallicelliana with its ornate ceilings. Commenters responded with impassioned cases for the beauty of their local libraries, so we asked readers to submit photos of their favorites. We issued appeals for submissions in multiple languages and received pictures from libraries all over the world. Below are 16 more photos of breathtaking libraries, from Amsterdam to Zurich:

Suzzallo Library at the University of Washington - Seattle, Washington, USA

Library of Parliament - Ottawa, Canada

Library of Parliament by night!

A photo posted by Karine Scott (@k_girl883) on

Seattle Public Library - Washington, USA

Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart - Stuttgart, Germany

Wisdom #Photographersparadise #booksandcameraseverywhere #justcameforthatpicture

A photo posted by @jeinhard on

Birmingham Central Library - Birmingham, England

New York Public Library - New York City, USA

Trinity College Library - Dublin, Ireland

Trinity college library. Dublin. Ireland. The most beautiful library I've ever been in. It is the largest library in Ireland. The library is the permanent home to the Book of Kells. Two of the four volumes are on public display in this library. The 65-metre-long main chamber (The long room) was built between 1712 and 1732 and houses 200,000 of the library's oldest books. A library worth visiting for any lover of books. @instagram #vsco #allshots_ #travel #nature #books #library #instalike #inspireland_ #insta_ireland #ireland #discoverireland #featuremeinstagood #allshots_ #architecture #travelling #arch #madewithfaded #simplyadventure #GtaroundDublin #vscosnaps #vscoaward #huffpostgram #Ireland_Gram #hplibrary

A photo posted by Kayla Hickey (@michaelasarahjade) on

Strahov Monastery Library - Prague, Czech Republic

#HPlibrary, #StrahovMonasterylibrary

A photo posted by Tricia Centracco (@tbcentracco) on

The University of Michigan Law Library - Michigan, USA

RWI Bibliothek - Zurich, Switzerland

Rijksmuseum Research Library - Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Library in the @rijksmuseum. #HPlibrary #Amsterdam #Netherlands #Books #Art

A photo posted by AP.MA (@ap.ma) on

The Boston Public Library - Massachusetts, USA

The New York Public Library - New York City, USA

John Rylands Library - Manchester, England

#allhailsymmetry

A photo posted by Euysuk Simon Kwon / 의석 / 義錫 (@es_kwon) on

William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library - Ohio, USA

Stacked #thisisohiostate Good luck to all the students during finals week.

A photo posted by Brian Kaiser (@brianmkaiser) on

Library of Parliament - Ottawa, Canada

our national library is like a fairytale #ottawa #books #library #cardcatelogue

A photo posted by courtenay jean (@yantrouc) on

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