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

Published 29th July 2016
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Quiet, please: Inside the world's greatest places to read
"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.
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.