Amazing Libraries Around the World

We know you're out there. You bibliophiles who can't get enough of bookshelves stacked floor to ceiling, hallways lined with card catalogs, mahogany desks with bankers' lamps. We sympathize. We love a good library, too. For those of you who worry about your house someday sinking from the weight of your books, we've rounded up a selection of amazing libraries from homes, universities, and cities across the globe...

FIRST ROW
1 Chicago, Illinois: Home Library by Wheeler Kearns
2 London, England: Staircase Library by Levitate Architects
3 Dublin, Ireland: Trinity College Library from Libraries by Candida Höfer
4 Prague, Czech Republic: Franz Kafka Society by Holl and Steinbachová
5 Washington, DC: Library of Congress

SECOND ROW
6 Paris, France: Pierre Chareau's Maison de Verre Bookcase
7 Copenhagen, Denmark: The Royal Library by Schmidt Hammer Lassen
8 Seattle, Washington: Seattle Public Library by Rem Koolhaus
9 Växjö, Sweden: Halmstad Library by Schmidt Hammer Lassen
10 Cahuita, Costa Rica: Casa Kike by Gianni Botsford

(Photos: Heidrich Blessing, Kristin Hohenadel, Dezeen, Candida Höfer, Flickr member saturnism via Creative Commons license, Francois Halard, Flickr member bjaglin via Creative Commons license, Flickr member Christmas w/a K via Creative Commons license, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Christian Richters via ArchDaily)