For book lovers, there’s no better place than a library. The quiet, the musty smell of old novels, the often-incredible architecture—we could spend days wandering the shelves and flipping through pages. It’s no wonder so many libraries show up in our favorite novels or movies, creating perfect places for characters to gather information or just curl up with a good book.
So when we read the Bustle article “10 Fictional Bookstores We Wish We Could Shop In,” we knew we needed to make a library edition.
Here are 10 fictional libraries we could spend hours browsing in:
There’s no better way to woo an avid reader than by showing her your giant library, as the Beast soon discovers when he’s trying to win Belle’s heart.
Fforde’s heroine Thursday Next is a literary detective who bookjumps between novels. Any book ever created exists in the Great Library, a public gateway with 52 levels and a large dome that looks out onto other Great Libraries in the distance (one for every language). Millions of books to both read and travel through? Sign us up.