Architecture is simply not limited to the exterior of homes and vast buildings, it is an art that shines through. Here are 12 stunning libraries that live across the world and in classic to contemporary colleges, to inspire the minds of students everywhere:

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1. George Peabody Library, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

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2. The Trinity College Library, aka “The Long Room,” Dublin, Ireland

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3. Codrington Library, All Soul’s College, Oxford University, Oxford, UK

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4. Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum, Humboldt University, Berlin

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5. Pontifical Lateran University library, Rome, Italy

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6. Tama Art University Library, Tokyo, Japan

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7. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT

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8. Galway Mayo Institute Of Technology, Galway, Ireland

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9. The University of Coimbra General Library, Coimbra, Portugal

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10. Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain

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11. The Harper Library Reading Room, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

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12. University of Salamanca Library, Salamanca, Spain

Compliments of Geri Girsh, 25 most beautiful colleges in the world