Libraries are sacred places that can be nearly impossible to leave once you enter. They are filled with decades or even centuries worth of knowledge, and the smell of old paper is often overwhelming for the faint of heart.

Sure, the ancient libraries should be on your traveling list, but there are also plenty of new ones that are already considered to be pearls of modern architecture.

This list covers the most impressive, old and new, libraries around the world!

1. The National Library Of Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

2. Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland

3. Biblioteca Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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4. The Admont Library, Admont, Austria

5. George Peabody Library, Baltimore, Maryland, United States

6. St. Florian Monastery, Austria

7. Bibliothèque Nationale De France, Paris, France

8. Handelingenkamer Tweede Kamer Der Staten-generaal Den Haag Iii, Netherlands

9. The Oberlausitzische Library Of Science, Gorlitz, Germany

10. Public Library, New York

11. Vennesla Library, Vennesla, Norway

12. The National Library Of China, Beijing, China

13. Palácio Nacional De Mafra, Portugal

14. The Strahov Monastery Library, Prague

15. Abbey Library Of Saint Gallen, Switzerland

16. Library Of Orthopedic Institute Rizzoli, Bologna

17. Royal Site Of San Lorenzo De El Escorial Library, S. Lorenzo De El Escorial, Spain

18. The 19th Century National Library Of Greece, Athens

19. The City Libary, Stuttgart, Germany

20. Bibliothèque Sainte Geneviève, Paris, France

21. Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt

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