David Rumsey Map Center at Green Library, Stanford University

David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University

David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University design by Noll & Tam Architects: the design weaves together the stunning visual impact of the maps into the experience of the built environment. Visitors ascend three flights of stairs from the library rotunda, wrapped floor-to-ceiling in maps.

North York Central Library Building in Toronto

North York Central Library Building in Toronto

Toronto’s largest circulating library re-opens after a major renovation project. Diamond Schmitt Architects has revitalized the North York Central Library and reprogrammed space to support the delivery of new services to meet the changing needs and expectations of its users.

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.

Qatar National Library in Doha

Qatar National Library in Doha

Highly inventive architecture in The Gulf from major Dutch architects firm OMA: the National Library, the Public Library, the University Library, and the Heritage Collection, consists of valuable texts and manuscripts related to the Arab-Islamic civilization.

Los Gatos Library California

Los Gatos Library, California

Noll & Tam found the inspiration for the nearly 30,000-square-foot library is a lantern, a welcoming symbol to the community, and a visual play on the rich “enlightened” world within.

Musashino Art University Museum & Library steps

Musashino Art University Museum & Library, Tokyo

A library project by Sou Fujimoto Architects for one of the distinguished art universities in Japan: a new library building and refurbishment of the existing building into an art gallery, completed in 2010. The warm wooden interior provides enticing places to linger and read.

LiYuan Library Beijing building

LiYuan Library – Huairou Building, Beijing

A delightful building by architects Li Xiadong/Atelier for a small village on the outskirts of Beijing: “we found large amounts of locally sourced wooden sticks piled around each house…(for) cooking stoves. Thus we decided to use this ordinary material in an extraordinary way, cladding the building in familiar textures in a way that is strikingly sensitive.”