Collection by Sarah Park

Super Unique Libraries Around the World

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From Stuttgart, Germany to Iwaki City, Japan, we take a look at 15 of the most extraordinarily-designed libraries.

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Stuttgart City Library in Stuttgart, Germany-Designed by Korean architect Eun Young Yi, the new Stuttgart City Library...
Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt-Nothing remains of the original Library of Alexandria—the biggest and most...
Taipei Public Library in Beitou, Taiwan-The Beitou branch of the Taipei Public Library system was the first building in...
Centrale Bibliotheek in Amsterdam, Netherlands-Amsterdam's Centrale Bibliotheek, at 28,000 square meters, is the...
Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, France-Paris' Bibliotheque nationale de France consists of 4 open-book-shaped towers...
Trinity College Long Room in Dublin, Ireland-Ireland's oldest university, Trinity College, is also the location of the...
St. Catherine's Monastery in South Sinai, Egypt-The oldest continually operated library in the world, St. Catherine's...
Picture Book Library in Iwaki City, Japan-Built in 2005, the Picture Book Museum gave the preschoolers of Iwaki,...
Royal Grammar School Chained Library in Guildford, England-Established in the early 1500s, the Royal Grammar School...
Boston Public Library in Boston, USA-Opened in 1848, the Boston Public Library is the second largest library in the...
Nassau Public Library in Nassau, Bahamas-The Nassau Public Library has street-cred—it once housed the criminal...
Stockholm Public Library in Stockholm, Sweden-The first library in Sweden to adopt an open shelf design, the Stockholm...
McAllen Public Library in McAllen, Texas, USA-When the city of McAllen acquired an old retail property, they brought on...
Reading Club 2000 in Manila, Philippines-Reading Club 2000 began when Hernando Guanlao—known to friends and neighbors...
Library of Congress in Washington, DC, USA-The McAllen Public Library may be the largest single-story library in the...
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