Public libraries are some of the last places in the world where visitors can sit down, relax, and exist for free while enjoying a beautiful space. In libraries, you are not expected to owe anyone anything except a desire for community and a sharing of knowledge (and to respect the sanctity of the shared space). In addition to being gathering spots for talented minds, often these architectural marvels are impressive destinations in themselves to admire and explore. Here are 11 of the most awe-inspiring libraries from West Palm Beach to Tennessee.