The most spectacular libraries in the world

(30 March 2014) The Daily Telegraph has selected a score of images of the most spectacular libraries in the world. Unsurprisingly, most are centuries old, very ornate with their gold leaf and marble columns, and in European palaces and universities.  But a few are in Asia and not as ancient as their European cousins. Enjoy the images of the camouflaged Liyuan Library and the Shiba Ryotan Museum.

The gallery is a selection from The Library: A World History by James WP Campbell, with photographs by Will Pryce, Thames & Hudson.

Click for the images.