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The Most Impressive Library in Every State

All of these libraries boast unique architectural achievements and grand collections.

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Libraries are places of wonder, discovery, and education that are free for all to explore. Some libraries have a specialty, some are housed in beautiful buildings, and yet others tote amazing collections of novels, papers, and histories of our world.

All the best stories start in libraries. You never know what you'll find—maybe a mystery between the ear-marked pages of a well-loved book or an adventure within the sprawling book-lined corridors. Either way, your local library houses a whole world of possibilities!

Each and every state in the United States has one library that outshines the others. These buildings break the mold and provide an amazing space for all to enter. What library from your state made the list?

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Alabama: The Ralph Brown Draughon Library

The Ralph Brown Draughon Library at Auburn University is named after the university’s honorable former president, Ralph Brown Draughon, who led the school from 1947 to 1965.

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Alaska: The Juneau Memorial Library

The Juneau Memorial Library hosted the July 4, 1959 Statehood Ceremony where the 49-star flag was first flown in Alaska and still flies today. Here are the most popular tourist attractions in every state.

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Arizona: The Arabian Public Library

The Arabian Public Library in Scottsdale won the 2009 AIA/ALA Library Building Award for its innovative desert artistry.

Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects, Little Rock

Arkansas: Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library

The Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library has been awarded for its ecological design and low carbon footprint.


California: UC Berkeley Library system

By number of volumes, the UC Berkeley Library system has the fourth-largest university collection in America. Speaking of, here is the coolest hidden gem in each of the 50 states.


Colorado: The Denver Public Library

The Denver Public Library was partially designed by the renowned, postmodern architect Michael Graves.

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Connecticut: The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University recently underwent a 16-month renovation, which added modern amenities but fully preserved the original, six-story glass stack tower.

Courtesy Wilmington Public Library

Delaware: The Wilmington Public Library

The Wilmington Public Library is a historic landmark that has been standing since the 18th century. Here's the most iconic book set in every state!

Photo courtesy of Sarasota County Government

Florida: Gulf Gate Library

The grand opening of new Gulf Gate Library in Sarasota, Florida took place in January 2015.

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