Libraries are the most wonderful places on the planet, hands down. One of my dreams is to be a library tourist, going around the world just to visit libraries. They are my cathedrals, with the OED at the altar.
Now, with the Fantasy Library Project, the power to design your very own paradise is here! Laurie King is asking for submissions of magical fake libraries. (Which, of course, will be filled with Hypothetical Books, as is only natural.)
Need some inspiration? Check out these gorgeous real life libraries (including Vassar's!) and drool at the beauty.
I may have to get a PhD just so I have an excuse to visit some of these.