Tianjin Binhai Library

Do We Need Libraries?

“Libraries are the thin red line between civilization and barbarism”, said Neil Gaiman: back in my school days I was a regular visitor to the library, but when was the last time I visited a library to borrow a book? It must be over two decades ago, so clearly I don’t value libraries. But I do, I think, just somehow they have slipped me by.

Central Library Oodi Helsinki

Central Library Oodi in Helsinki

Designed by ALA Architects, Oodi has proven to be extremely popular with Helsinki residents and visitors alike. The library welcomed its one millionth visitor already in March 2019 with daily visits topping at 20,000.

Taman Bima Microlibrary in Bandung

Taman Bima Microlibrary in Bandung

Designed by SHAU Architects Taman Bima Microlibrary is a pilot project for a series of low-cost, eco-conscious reading facilities in urban and rural villages, the Microlibrary aims to help combat Indonesia’s low literacy rates.

LocHal Library Tilburg building

LocHal Library in Tilburg

Mecanoo architecten is responsible for The LocHal interior, everyone is welcome in the new living room of Tilburg, a world-class space for both young and old to read, learn and study, meet and gather.

James B. Hunt Jr. Library North Carolina State University building

American Library Buildings – USA Libraries

American library buildings – key contemporary US buildings, images, architects, American public institutions, incl designs by Snøhetta, Adjaye Associates, richärd+bauer, JRA Architects and Gordon Bunshaft – best new US library architecture, United States designs.