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Spectacular libraries around the world which are every book lover's wonderland

Royal Portuguese Reading Room, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Royal Portuguese Reading Room, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Nestled in the heart of Rio de Janeiro, the Royal Portuguese Reading Room is a dazzling Gothic ode to literature, a shrine to the majesty of books. It houses the largest collection of Portuguese works outside of Portugal. The library currently holds over 350,000 titles, and, in accordance with its status as a "legal deposit," it receives a copy of every new book published in Portugal. This results in around 6,000 books arriving overseas to the Brazilian library every year.

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Bodleian Library, Oxford University, England

Bodleian Library, Oxford University, England

The Bodleian Library is second home for monarchs, Nobel Prize winners, and British premiers. The library has had big hits on the silver screen, especially in the Harry Potter movies where the Duke Humfrey's medieval reading room doubled as the Hogwarts Library. Visitors can gain access to the reading areas, the Radcliffe Camera, and the Divinity School via guided tours.

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National Library of China, Beijing

National Library of China, Beijing

The largest library in Asia, this one houses the biggest collection of Chinese literature and historical documents. It has a collection of over 35 million items. It's right Sitting in the heart of Beijing's educational district.

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Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Centre, Berlin

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Centre, Berlin

Germany’s biggest open access library, this library of Berlin’s Humboldt University was designed by the Berlin, Franfurt and Zürich based Max Dudler Architects. It brings together – for the first time in the university‘s 200-year history – collections previously housed in separate libraries strewn throughout the city.

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State Capitol Library, Iowa, US

State Capitol Library, Iowa, US

It is one of the most majestic libraries in the world. It's awe-inspiring architecture - especially the spiral staircase - is its most striking element. It has a collection of over 100,000 books, mainly for Iowa lawmakers and government employees. The atrium stretches up to five stories with a stunning stained glass window on the top that is 130 years old.

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Stuttgart City Library, Germany

Stuttgart City Library, Germany

This cavernous white wonder is unobtrusive in design, where the books and visitors provide the color to an otherwise neutral environment. The visual center of the Stuttgart City Library is its grand atrium, a five-story open chamber that feels like the work of a modernist MC Esher. The interior is bright without direct lighting, it is warm without paint color and intimate yet open.

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Library of Congress, Washington D.C.

Library of Congress, Washington D.C.

The original library had burned down in 1814 but after being reestablished by Thomas Jefferson, today this library boasts of some of the world's biggest collection of books. It also has Gutenberg Bibles, which have only a few editions left across the world.

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