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Take a Gander at 10 Gorgeous Private Libraries

The peaceful silence, the smell of an old book, the comfort of being alone—a library can be the perfect escape from the noise and high energy of the city. In the D.C. area, there is a wide array of public libraries to choose from, but sometimes browsing through one's own bookshelves at home can be more exciting. For those bibliophiles who collect so many books they verge on being hoarders, Curbed DC collected the 10 most gorgeous local listings that include private libraries. These wood-paneled beauties feature built-in bookshelves, plenty of plush seating space, and even spiral staircases.

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