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Biltmore Library, Asheville, NC I always imagine that the books located on the balcony level are the very, very best.

Biltmore Library, Asheville, NC I always imagine that the books located on the balcony level are the very, very best.

A private library designed by Thierry W. Despont, Toronto, Canada

20 Beautiful Private and Personal Libraries

Lonely Planet classified this bookshop as the third best bookshop in the world, Livraria Lello  Irmo in Porto, Portugal

Lonely Planet classified this bookshop as the third best bookshop in the world, Livraria Lello Irmo in Porto, Portugal

Mid Century Petal Ceiling Pendant available at LexMod.com. #phartichoke #PoulHenningsen #artichokelamp

Mid Century Petal Ceiling Pendant available at LexMod.com. #phartichoke #PoulHenningsen #artichokelamp

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.

17 extraordinary bookstores

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.