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Lello & Irmao in Porto, Portugal usually makes the various lists of The Top 10 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World. It opened in 1906 and features stunning Art Deco woodwork, a stained glass ceiling, and ornate shelving with a dramatic staircase up the center of the store.

The El Ateneo Bookstore on Santa Fe near Callao, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Biblioteca Moreniana, Florence, Italie

Stowe House Library by Canis Major, via Flickr. Part of the library in Stowe House, Buckinghamshire. The library is still used by pupils at Stowe School so the books are not all as antiquated as in many old houses.

Duluth Public Library, Minnesota, entrance

The Lello Library in Porto, Portugal

Chained library at Chetham Library in Manchester, England, The oldest public library in the English-speaking world. Chetham Library in Manchester, England,