The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries

While we all know that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, this is one case in which evaluating something on its appearance is not only accepted, but encouraged. From Seattle to Tokyo, these libraries are known for noteworthy exteriors—think soaring architecture and bountiful gardens—and interiors featuring designs like frescoed ceilings or walls made entirely of glass. And that’s nothing compared to the millions of books housed within their walls. So whether you’re a bookworm or an architecture lover, start adding these 20 beautiful libraries to your must-visit list.

This article was originally published in September 2014 and has been updated.  by LILIT MARCUS and CAITLIN MORTON

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