We won't all get to visit the most beautiful libraries, but thanks to photographer Will Pryce and architectural historian James Campbell we can all get a taste of what they look like.
The pair have spent the last few years photographing and studying over 80 libraries all over the world. Their book The Library: A World History shows the evolution of the library and features libraries from Trinity Hall in Cambridge to Utrecht University Library in the Netherlands. Here are a few of their breathtaking photos.
(Above: Queen's College, Cambridge)
Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbra University, Portugal
The Fisher Fine Arts Library, University of Pennsylvania, United States
The Grimm Center, Humboldt University, Germany
Check out more photos and information over at The Atlantic.