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11 Libraries Which You Would Love to Study In

“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” ― Mark Twain

We have always imagined good libraries as very quiet places but the truth is that there is much more behind this kind of space which makes us so productive. In addition to silence, we also enjoy some privacy, little corners are greatly appreciated. Daylight plays a very important role and high ceilings which help to reflect that light makes us feel comfortable and relaxed. However, all this is not enough, libraries are an architecture result which make people interested in culture too, in the unknown, they help us be more creative
Wonder what are some of the most recent libraries in the world? Here you have some examples. My favourite is #10 (kind of atypical) which one is yours?


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Virginia Duran Blog- Amazing Libraries-Ofunato Civic Center and Library Floor Plan1. Ofunato Civic Center and Library
Location: Iwate (Japan)
Architect: Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design
Year: 2008
Brief Description: Cultural building complex which consists of a main hall with 1100 seats, a library, multi-purpose spaces, an atelier, a tea room, and a studio. Amazing use of concrete, doesn’t it? Read more here.


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Location: Phoenix (USA)
Architect: Richärd+Bauer
Year: 2011
Brief Description: The interior of the building is lined in an acoustical cedar wood, frosted and laser cut acrylic panels reflect patterned abstractions of the agriculture that once was an integral part of the community. Read more here.


Virginia Duran Blog- Amazing Libraries-Tama Art University Library by Toyo Ito

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Tama Art University Library
Location: Tokyo (Japan)
Architect: Toyo Ito
Year: 2013
Brief Description: The spatial diversity one experiences when walking through the arches different in span and height changes seamlessly from a cloister-like space filled with natural light, to the impression of a tunnel that cannot be penetrated visually. Read more here.


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Sant Josep Library
Location: Valencia (Spain)
Architect: Ramon Esteve
Year: 2010
Brief Description: Thanks to the winding plan of the interior, each area of the library is an intimate and reserved component  The surroundings give unity, continuity and fluency to the spaces. Read more here.


Virginia Duran Blog- Amazing Libraries-City Library in Seinäjoki

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Virginia Duran Blog- Amazing Libraries-City Library in Seinäjoki Floor Plan5. City Library in Seinäjoki
Location: Seinäjoki (Finland)
Architect: JKMM Architects
Year: 2012
Brief Description: Building complex made by this library and a cultural center designed by Alvar Aalto in 1965. Masterpiece of modern architecture and a highly valuable cultural environment. Read more here.


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Maranello Library
Location: Maranello (Italy)
Architect: Andrea Maffei Architects
Year: 2011
Brief Description:  The building borders with a residential court on the north, with a public green area on the west, with a residential building on the south built in adherence and with other residential buildings on the East and partially in adherence. Difficult site, great solution. Read more here.


Virginia Duran Blog- Amazing Libraries-Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects- University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen New Library

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Virginia Duran Blog- Amazing Libraries-Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects- University of Aberdeen Floor Plan 7. University of Aberdeen New Library
Location: Scotland (UK)
Architect: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Year: 2012
Brief Description:  Since the building was put into service in September 2011, the statistics have shown a significant increase in the use of the library, and more than 700,000 visitors have entered the building this first year of operation. Read more here.


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 Hunt Library
Location: North Carolina (USA)
Architect: Snøhetta
Year: 2013
Brief Description:  Generous open spaces connect all floors of the library and open stairs emphasize an interactive and social environment alongside more focused study areas. Read more here.


Virginia Duran Blog- Amazing Libraries-Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre

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Location: Melbourne (Australia)
Architect: H2o architects
Year: 2010
Brief Description:  The building was designed to minimize use of energy by reducing heating and cooling loads and where possible, passive heating, cooling and ventilation are used instead of mechanical systems. Read more here.


Virginia Duran Blog- Amazing Libraries-The Garden Library for Refugees and Migrant Workers Exterior

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10. The Garden Library for Refugees and Migrant Workers

Location: Tel Aviv (Israel)
Architect: Yoav Meiri Architects
Year: 2010
Brief Description:  The project sees the right to a book as a fundamental human right and a possibility of both escape and shelter from daily misfortunes. Read more here.


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Virginia Duran Blog- Amazing Libraries-Library in Anzin Dominique Coulon + Associes Interior Floor Plan11. Library in Anzin
Location: Anzin (France)
Architect: Dominique Coulon & Associés
Year: 2013
Brief Description:  Its pure, sophisticated geometry situates it as a public building. The deliberate areas of transparency reveal its content. The reading rooms present the building to the town in the manner of an invitation. Read more here.


 

41 thoughts on “11 Libraries Which You Would Love to Study In

  1. My favourite is number 10 too. It reminds me of the old school libraries of my youth. It’s very manageable and friendly and it is the book more than the building which takes precedence.
    Lovely to see all the different libraries though. Very enjoyable post.

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  2. some wonderful places to read… my favourite has to be the alvar aalto (and those fabulous red reading nooks), but 10 is wonderful and proves a library isn’t necessarily about big bold architecture.

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  3. These are beautiful structures. Who would not want to go in, sit down and open a book. Thanks for the visit and the like of my post “Peeling Back Slowly”.

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  4. This post here is a collectible, for sure! I love it! The Garden Library is the best… for so many reasons. And all the others a close second. Indeed, a good library can inspire a person to many greatnesses.

    Have a great week ahead!

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  5. I love the architecture but feel I may not get much reading done in any of them as I would be staring at the beautiful buildings! I like to curl up somewhere cosy and warm with my book! And that is what I am doing this afternoon, curling up with the Booker Prize winner, The Luminaries, with no distractions. Perfect!

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  6. Hey i have been checking your blogs since past two hours !
    they are very interesting , and you seem like a very curious person !🙂
    anyways…i would also have added..
    VANCOUVER central library by moshe safdie, and louis kahn’s IIM , AHMEDABAD, INDIA LIBRARY ( i have been in it and its just so magnificent) also his phillip exeter library !🙂

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    • Thanks very much for your kind words🙂 I was thinking on doing part II of this post so your contributions are very welcome. I haven’t visited any of those so can’t wait to do some research. What did you think about the Ahmedabad library? Is it luminous?

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  7. Thanks for this summary. As a art history teacher when I talk about models and influences in architecture styles such as, for example, High Tech, Organicism, Deconstructivism… these buildings are good examples.
    And another thing, thanks very much for sharing this !!!
    … se dice: “El claustro de alumnos/profesores hoy dia es el mundo”
    Y dijo Lucio Aenneo Séneca hace ya unos siglos en época romana: “Si me ofreciesen la sabiduría con la condición de guardarla para mí sin comunicarla a nadie, no la querría”.

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  10. Great post, Virginia! Have you ever seen photos of the undergraduate library at UCSD? Fascinating design. About twenty years ago I got the chance to be on campus for a few days. The library was really cool.

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  11. If you ever visit Los Angeles, I recommend visiting the William H. Hannon Library on the Loyola Marymount University campus. It is situated on the edge of a bluff and has a circular view of Los Angeles.

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