The Library You Need to See in Every State and D.C.

You don't need to be bookish to make these libraries worth a visit. Among them are architectural masterpieces, places steeped in history or charm, and others that have an amazing wealth of books.

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Even in the digital age, there is a brick-and-mortar library at the center of nearly every U.S. community. Across the country, there are hundreds — some steeped in history, some filled with rare manuscripts, while others boast top-flight modern architecture. What follows is a compilation of our top pick in every state (in alphabetical order). You don’t have to be a big reader to make these destinations worth checking out. While you’re traveling, put them on your agenda.

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