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Los Angeles has glorious beaches, stunning cityscapes and more than its share of highly photogenic human beings. And though it may not be known for its bookstores, they too are out of this world.

Check It Out! A Photographic Tour Of America's Public Libraries: Robert Dawson has been photographing public libraries across the country for almost 20 years. And now, just in time for National Library Week, he has published his photos in a new book called The Public Library.

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Sappho Books Cafe, Sydney, Australia. Sappho Books, Cafe, Wine and Tapas Bar is one of Sydney's most popular Antiquarian and Secondhand bookstores with over 30,000 titles in fiction, art, literature, and more.

14 New York City Bookstores You Should Visit Before You Die

6 NYC Independent Bookstores That Are Thriving - Three Lives, the West Village bookstore, on the corner of West 10th in a former grocery story, runs on a modest profit — enough to pay his bills, meet his payroll, & keep stock current but not much more.

Beautiful Vintage Photos of Bygone Bookstores

The Coolest Places On Earth To Read A Book

Cincinnati public library, 1874.

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Chicago Public Library Named Nation's Best Urban Public Library System In New Study

11 Incredible Bookcases For People Who Really, Really Love Their Books

Is a library without books the future? A bookless library sounds like a paradox but in San Antonio, Texas, it's a thriving reality. America's first digital public library, BiblioTech, opened in Bexar County in the fall. There are no paperbacks or hardcovers here, but e-readers, tablets, rows of iMacs, touch screen tables, & even Xbox 360 Kinects. The library deals primarily in e-books but if you don't have your own device, you can borrow one of their 600 basic e-readers. Download up to 5 books..

Take a peek at the world's most exquisite libraries

Santa Rosa, California Public Library, circa 1920...wonder if this is the one in hitchcock's 'shadow of a doubt'....

45 american independent bookstores to support this holiday season (and always). Good list. Some well known, such as City Lights and Powell's, but also others which are not.

Exploring The World's Greatest Libraries

Parmly Billings Library Acquisitions Librarian Karen Stevens has written a book about Montana ghosts, in which she devotes an entire chapter to the library’s various haunts that she has investigated: the dark-haired woman in the basement; strange whistling and a male ghost wearing jeans and work boots on the second floor; a white shape that moves outside the windows on the fifth floor; and odd movements in the book stacks of the Montana Room.

9 Hotel Libraries That Bring Books To Life

The library in the Historical Museum of Resistance, Sant’Anna di Stazzema, Italy Photo Credit: Pietro Savorelli

#library interior design

This wouldn't just be the book room for my mom, it would probably be her bedroom.

LA City Library is not only an architectural and historical treasure, it also provides a wonderful place to hide among a fortress of books and other literary resources!

Bapst Library, Boston College, Boston, MA. Click image to see the full list of beautiful libraries.