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10 jaw-dropping libraries you need to check out

Founded in 1592, the Trinity College Library in Dublin is the oldest library in Ireland. The oft-photographed Long Room contains some 200,000 volumes, making it the largest single-chamber library in the world.

The Admont Abbey Library in Austria is the world’s largest monastery library. Built in 1776, the library features bright Baroque architectural features.

Completed in 1911, the New York Public Library's fresco ceilings, chandeliers, classic reading tables and miles upon miles of wooden shelves lend it a sense of history and grandeur.

The Austrian National Library in Vienna – the largest library in the country – has been around since 1723. The frescoes, statuary and baroque architectural elements really accentuate the atmosphere.

The Real Gabinete Português de Leitura in Rio de Janeior, Brazil was founded by Portuguese immigrants to preserve the history between Brazil and Portugal.

Canada's Library of Parliament in Ottawa is lined by ornate wooden bookshelves, and natural light floods in from the windows lining the base of the spectacular domed ceiling.

The word library typically conjures up images of dusty tombs and dark corners, but the Stuttgart City Library in Germany turns that image upside down with its all-white interior and clean lines.

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The Tianjin Binhai Library in China is strikingly modern, with a bright atrium and curved floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.

Munich’s Town Hall is home to a spectacular Law Library, filled with oak shelves, spiral staircases and wrought iron details. You can only see it on a guided tour.

The Strahov Monastery in Prague is home to a magnificent Baroque library dating back to the seventeenth century. The collection features some 200,000 volumes.

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