Posted by: bluesyemre | August 2, 2016

The most beautiful #library in each US state

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Libraries are timeless treasures. Even as pulpy paperbacks get swapped out for electronic ink, we still crave a physical space where we can surround ourselves with knowledge. When done right, those spaces can be works of art.

To find the most beautiful libraries in each state, Tech Insider looked at past and current award-winners as judged by the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association awards, and relied on our own judgment for states who have never won. Make sure to give these a look on your next road trip.

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Alabama: The Birmingham Public Library

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Alaska: The Homer Public Library

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Arizona: The Arabian Library in Scottsdale

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Arkansas: The Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center

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California: The Los Angeles Central Library

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Colorado: The Crested Butte historical library

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Connecticut: Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

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Delaware: The Wilmington Public Library

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Florida: The Gulf Gate Library in Sarasota

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Georgia: The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Gallery

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Hawaii: Hawaii’s State Library

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Idaho: The University of Idaho Library

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Illinois: The Chicago Public Library’s Chinatown Branch

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Indiana: The Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame

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Iowa: The Cedar Rapids Public Library

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Kansas: The Lawrence Public Library

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Kentucky: The Louisville Free Public Library

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Louisiana: The Rosa Keller Library

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Maine: The Portland Public Library

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Maryland: The George Peabody Library at Johns Hopkins University

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Massachusetts: The Sawyer Library at Williams College

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Michigan: The William W. Cook Legal Library at the University of Michigan Law School

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Minnesota: The Minneapolis Central Library

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Mississippi: The James H. White Library at Mississippi Valley State University

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Missouri: The St. Louis Public Library

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Montana: The Billings Public Library

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Nebraska: The State Library

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Nevada: The Prim Library at Sierra Nevada College

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New Hampshire: The main library at Phillips Exeter Academy

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New Jersey: At the Sage Library Theological Seminary

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New Mexico: The Artesia Public Library

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New York: The New York Public Library

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North Carolina: The James B. Hunt library

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North Dakota: The North Dakota State Library

ohio-located-in-columbus-the-palatial-william-oxley-thompson-library-won-the-2011-aiaala-library-building-award

Ohio: The palatial William Oxley Thompson Library

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Oklahoma: The Northwest Library

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Oregon: The Beaverton City Library

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Pennsylvania: The Free Library of Philadelphia

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Rhode Island: Rhode Island School of Design’s Fleet Library

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South Carolina: The St. Helena Branch Library

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South Dakota: The University of South Dakota library

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Tennessee: The Bellevue Library

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Texas: The McAllen Public Library

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Utah: Salt Lake City’s Main Library

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Vermont: Northfield’s Brown Public Library

virginia-the-slover-public-library-in-norfolk-earned-a-2015-aiaala-library-building-award

Virginia: The Slover Public Library

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Washington: The Renton Public Library

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West Virginia: The West Virginia University Library

 

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