Libraries are magical places. Whether you prefer to buy or rent books, there’s something about that musky book smell and the hush of a public space dedicated to reading that is…exquisite. Okay, maybe not exquisite. Soothing, meditative, inspiring, awesome, brooding, magical, sexy, etc. Pick an adjective that fits. CNN chose exquisite, and last week they posted a slideshow showcasing some of their favorites around the world.

Check it out.

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Sure, South Korean, Italian, and Portuguese libraries are majestic and exotic. But we prefer a couple spots closer to our headquarters.

A la midtown Manhattan:


Or Central Park:


(Nature is a library, right?)

Where’s your favorite place to dig into a book?