Because you can never get enough bookshelf porn!

So over at the Daily Mail is a wonderful story titled, “Shhh! World’s most stunning libraries captured in new book that will leave you lost for words,” but as much as I like that headline, what the article boils down to is what I call bookshelf porn. I’ve covered the topic before, and even have a Pinterest board dedicated to it, but the idea is simple: Sometimes you just want to ogle big, beautiful…bookshelves.

Dr. James Campbell of Cambridge University traveled for three years to over 80 libraries in 20 countries for his new book, The Library, the first of its kind to be published.

He discusses how he wants more people to appreciate the cultural significance of libraries, which are often threatened by a lack of interest and funding. He notes that in this technological age, public libraries are in fact more democratic, since you don’t need to have the privileges of a computer and Internet connection to experience them.

I think that his research promotes awareness of a crucial issue around the globe, and it reminds me to respect the beauty and power of the written word.

Most of all, I’m jealous of this amazing journey that he was able to take! But since we can’t make the same trek ourselves, I’ll share these exquisite photos. Ogle away, bookshelf porn addicts!

The Mafra Palace Library, in Mafra, Portugal

Biblioteca Joanina, in Coimbra, Portugal

The George Peabody Library, Baltimore

The library at Admont Abbey in Austria

UPDATE 10/24/13 9:37 a.m. PST: Apparently, I’m a terrible book blogger for not yet discovering bookshelfporn.com, which has been around since 2009! I begrudgingly thank Buzzfeed for informing me of this site, and will now fuel my addiction by obsessively scrolling and pinning these beauties!

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