Quiet, please: Inside the world’s greatest places to read

CNN  — 

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library,” the late Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges once said.

Some libraries certainly touch the divine, having all the grandeur you would expect from a “cathedral of learning”. But libraries no longer hold a monopoly when it comes to beautiful reading spaces. Bookstores are now catching up and flaunting their wares in exquisite locations around the world.

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Building on the stunning settings of The Library: A World History, captured by architecture photographer Will Pryce and researched by James Campbell of Cambridge University, we revisit their global tour and throw in a few new contenders – only this time you’ll be able to walk out of some with a book in hand.

Three years later the result is “The Library: A World History,” the most complete account of library buildings to date.