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The World's Most Beautiful Libraries

From Beijing to Paris to New York City, libraries so stunning that it's hard to concentrate.

A recent article published (and since taken down) by Forbes suggesting that Amazon should replace local libraries in order to save taxpayers money ignited a fierce Twitter backlash among book lovers, librarians, and fans of libraries both renowned and humble. Here, a look at some of the most beautiful libraries around the world. (Above: Bibliotheque National de France, Paris)

THE LIBRARY IN THE BENEDICTINE MONASTERY IN ADMONT, AUSTRIA Imagno/Getty Images THE LIBRARY IN THE BENEDICTINE MONASTERY IN ADMONT, AUSTRIA THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF CHINA IN BEIJING Anadolu Agency/Getty Images THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF CHINA IN BEIJING

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THE ROYAL LIBRARY IN DENMARK AGF/UIG via Getty Images THE ROYAL LIBRARY IN DENMARK KLOSTER STRAHOV IN PRAGUE UniversalImagesGroup/UIG via Getty Images KLOSTER STRAHOV IN PRAGUE THE GEISEL LIBRARY ON THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO CAMPUS Education Images/UIG via Getty Images THE GEISEL LIBRARY ON THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO CAMPUS THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. (Note to book-lovers: The Library of Congress is the world's largest library, with more than 167 million items.) THE BRITISH LIBRARY IN LONDON Anadolu Agency/Getty Images THE BRITISH LIBRARY IN LONDON BIBLOTHECA ALEXANDRINA IN ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT Getty Images BIBLOTHECA ALEXANDRINA IN ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY Anadolu Agency/Getty Images THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY THE DELFT LIBRARY IN THE NETHERLANDS View Pictures/UIG via Getty Images THE DELFT LIBRARY IN THE NETHERLANDS THE JOANINA LIBRARY IN COIMBRA, PORTUGAL Raquel Maria Carbonell Pagola/LightRocket via Getty Images THE JOANINA LIBRARY IN COIMBRA, PORTUGAL THE NATIONAL DIET LIBRARY IN TOKYO Anadolu Agency/Getty Images THE NATIONAL DIET LIBRARY IN TOKYO THE RUSSIAN STATE LIBRARY IN MOSCOW Anadolu Agency/Getty Images THE RUSSIAN STATE LIBRARY IN MOSCOW BY CONTRAST, AN AMAZON BOOKSTORE IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON George Rose/Getty Images BY CONTRAST, AN AMAZON BOOKSTORE IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON



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