For book lovers worldwide, there is nothing more desirable than a big (or small) bookstore with shelves upon shelves of all sorts of books. No e-reader can ever replace the smell of a bookstore and the feeling of holding a new (or used) book in your hand.

Even though most of us book afficionados have embraced online shopping as a means to buy our must-have books, we still appreciate a well designed bookstore or library and can spend hours getting lost in them!

Here are some of the world's most beautiful bookstores, as compiled by Flavorwire.

Selexyz Bookstore, a church converted to a bookstore, in Maastricht, Holland
Plural Bookshop in Bratislava, Slovakia
The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, California
The American Book Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Shakespeare & Company in Paris, France
Poplar Kids Republic in Beijing, China
Livraria da Vila in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Libreria El Ateneo Grand Splendid, a 1920s movie palace converted into a library/bookstore in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ler Devagar in Lisbon, Portugal
Corso Como Bookshop in Milan, Italy
Cook & Book in Brussels, Belgium
Bookworm in Beijing, China
Bookabar Bookshop in Rome, Italy
Barts Books, the biggest outdoor bookstore in the world, in Ojai, California

To see more stunning libraries go to Flavorwire.

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