10 Fictional libraries bookworms dream about visiting

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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:

The Beast’s Library from Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

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.

 The Great Library from Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next Novels

Jasper Fforde

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.

Rachel Carter grew up surrounded by trees and snow and mountains. She graduated from the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close to You series with Harperteen. These days you can find her working on her next novel in the woods of Vermont.