Libraries have harbored knowledge since mankind began putting words on paper. Cathedrals of intellect, these spaces deserve the aesthetic thought representative of the quality of information they preserve.

On today’s AEC Collective, we took a look at some of the most beautiful libraries around the globe, both old and new. Their detail may make focusing on the material in their books difficult, but they are certainly deserving of attention.


Libraries have changed over time as technology has complimented physical books, but they are still fundamentally the same.


The best libraries combine functionality with beauty.


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