New York’s Public Library’s main building, a Beaux Arts landmark known as the Schwarzman Building, is one of the biggest research institutions in the world. But you might know it better as a film location from Ghostbusters, Spider-Man or the first Sex and the City movie. It was the largest marble building in America when it opened in 1911 and is still a seriously grand place to study, with two carved lions (known as Patience and Fortitude) that guard its entrance, bronze front doors, sweeping staircases, chandeliers and painted ceiling frescoes. The huge Rose Reading Room is almost two blocks longs long and 15 metres high. You can access over six million books and there’s room for over 600 people to study at its long oak tables and carved chairs, lit with brass lamps and beneath a ceiling painted with clouds.