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Stuttgart library

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Abbey Library of Saint Gall (Gallen, Switzerland)

This medieval library is a World Heritage Site because it is “one of the richest and oldest in the world and contains precious manuscripts such as the earliest-known architectural plan drawn on parchment,” according to UNESCO. The main hall was designed in the Rococo style in 1758, and features curving bookcases and balconies with carved cherubs and a decorative ceiling. It’s packed with globes and more than 160,000 books, as well as glass cases holding special volumes.

The biggest library in Stuttgart VI | Photo by Andreas Mezger - Art Photography, on Flickr.

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Ever walk into an Apple store and think, "HEY, I wish all this freakishly immaculate white space was filled with books instead of iPads"? OK, probably