Libraries are a timeless treasure.
Even as e-readers make paper books less necessary, people still crave a physical space to surround ourselves with knowledge. When done right, those spaces can be works of art.
To find the most beautiful libraries in each state (and a couple bonus libraries at the end), Business Insider looked at past and current award-winners as judged by the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association awards, and relied on our own judgment for states who have never won.
Illinois: The Chicago Public Library's Chinatown branch won the 2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Award for its sleek design and emphasis on community involvement.