10 stunning libraries around the world

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10 stunning libraries around the world

Whether you love to read or not, it's hard not to find these libraries stunning.

In honor of National Book Lovers day, grab a your favorite novel and imagine you're sitting in one of these places:

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1. Klementinum in Prague was founded as a Jesuit college in 1556. It was then transformed into a university and is now the site of the National Library of the Czech Republic.

2. The Library of Trinity College is the largest library in Ireland. It was founded alongside the college in 1592. Visitors can see the famous Book of Kells which dates back to 800 C.E.

3. Royal Portuguese Reading Room in Brazil was established in 1822 after the country won independence from Portugal.

4. Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt was established in 2002 to commemorate the lost Library of Alexandria. It hosts books of three different languages: Arabic, English and French.

5. New York Public Library is the largest national library in the U.S. It was created with the help of New York governor Samuel J. Tilden's donation of $2.4 million and officially open its doors in 1911.

6. Abbey Library of St. Gallen in Switzerland is the oldest library in the country, dating back to the 8th century. It is the only part of the monastery that remained intact during a fire in 937.

7. Biblioteca Vasconcelos in Mexico was created in 2006 to honor José Vasconcelos. He was the former president of the National Library of Mexico and an influential philosopher.

8. Bodleian Library in England is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. The library first started out as a room in 1320 but quickly expanded. It now hosts over 12 million items.

9. State Library of South Australia was founded in 1834 when colonists proposed building a library even before they settled into the South Australian state.

10. The Royal Library in Copenhagen is the largest library in the Nordic region and was founded in 1648. The library hosts a variety of Danish items including the manuscripts of Hans Christian Andersen.

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Resident engineer John Roberts poses as he looks at the millions of newspapers stored on racks at the National Newspaper Archive on January 23, 2015 in Boston Spa, United Kingdom. The British Librarys brand new National Newspaper Building officially opened today. The newly built storage void holds 60 million newspapers and periodicals spanning more than three centuries. The temperature and humidity controlled store is operated by robot cranes and can retrieve newspapers from any time and date. The British Library spent six months moving the archive from its previous home in Colindale, north London. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Belarus - Minsk: national library, designed by the architects Viktor Kramarenko and Michail Vinogradov (Photo by Gabriele Fromm/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
A visitor checks through a shelf for books at the newly built Singapore's National Library 20 September 2005. It is fives times larger than the old premises which allows the National Library to bring out its collection of more than 634,000 items including seven levels of reference materials on Southeast Asia stored in print and digital formats for visitors. The building cost 120 million US dollars to build. (Photo credit ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Interiors of a library, Stockholm Public Library, Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Panoramic Images via Getty Images)
Jose Vasconcelos LibraryMexico CityMexico, Architect: Alberto Kalach, 2007, Jose Vasconcelos Library, Mexico City, Mexico, Alberto Kalach General View From Upper Floor (Photo by View Pictures/UIG via Getty Images)
Alexandria, Egypt, North Africa, Africa. (Photo by Ariadne Van Zandbergen via Getty Images)

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Ulm public library at night, Ulm, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany (Photo by Guenter Bayerl / LOOK-foto via Getty Images)
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, MAIN READING ROOM, WASHINGTON DC, USA. (Photo by Jurgen Vogt via Getty Images)
Canadian Parliament's National Library in Ottawa. (Photo by Ken Pilon via Getty Images)
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