[Editorâ€™s note: In celebration of the holidays, weâ€™re counting down the top 12 Flavorwire features of 2012. This post, at #4, was originally published December 13, 2011.] The college library, whether ornate or modern, digital or dusty, is in many ways the epicenter of the college experience â€” at least for some students. It is at once a shining emblem of vast, acquirable knowledge, a place for deep discussions and meetings of the mind, and of course, a big building full of books, which, as far as weâ€™re concerned, is exciting enough. Colleges and universities are understandably quite proud of their libraries, which can be a selling point for prospective students and donating alumni alike, and they often become the most well-designed and beautifully adorned buildings on campus. To that end, and perhaps to inspire your studies a bit, weâ€™ve collected a few of the most beautiful college and university libraries in the world, from Portugal to France to Boston. Did your alma materâ€™s library make the list? Or did we miss one of your favorites? Let us know in the comments.