I love libraries, especially if they contain musty and almost-forgotten texts. I went to university shortly before the arrival of the Internet and the modern onslaught of searchable electronic journals. As a result, I spent many hours lurking in various reading rooms and thumbing through stacks of books. Lest I get overly sentimental, I wasted a lot of time searching for needles in those bibliographic haystacks.
Many libraries - especially ancient ones - share a mystical beauty. Internationally renowned architechtural photographer Guillaume de Laubier's 248 page hardcover captures the elegance of more than 20 of these architectural treasures: "From the dramatic, baroque Library of the Institut de France in Paris, to the splendid Vatican Library in Rome; from the majestic Royal Library in El Escorial, Spain, to the famed New York Public Library, a Beaux-Arts masterpiece-here are some of the most exquisite libraries of the Western world."