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

16 Breathtakingly Beautiful Libraries From Around The World

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

Seattle Public Library - Washington, USA

Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart - Stuttgart, Germany

Birmingham Central Library - Birmingham, England

New York Public Library - New York City, USA

Trinity College Library - Dublin, Ireland

Strahov Monastery Library - Prague, Czech Republic

The University of Michigan Law Library - Michigan, USA

RWI Bibliothek - Zurich, Switzerland

Rijksmuseum Research Library - Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The Boston Public Library - Massachusetts, USA

The New York Public Library - New York City, USA

John Rylands Library - Manchester, England

William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library - Ohio, USA

Library of Parliament - Ottawa, Canada

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