To visit the incredible collections featured in the aptly-named new book, Libraries,
you won't need a library card, but you will need a passport.
Admont Library. Location: Admont, Austria. Architect: Josef Hueber. Year: 1776
The library's ceiling frescoes were inspired by the
Philological Library. Location: Free University of Berlin, Germany. Architect: Foster + Partners. Year: 2005
Nicknamed "The Berlin Brain," the library's four
stories are contained within a bubble-like enclosure.
Liyuan Library. Location: Jiaojiehe, Beijing, China. Architect: Li Xiaodong Atelier. Year: 2011
The library's windows are covered in untreated twigs, which
tempers the light and allows for more comfortable reading.
John A Lasco Library. Location: Emden, Germany. Architect: Jochen Bunse. Year: 1995
The modern library was built in the 1990s within the walls
of the original space, a late-Gothic Great church that was severely damaged by
bombs during World War II.
Stuttgart City Library. Location: Stuttgart, Germany. Architect: Yi Architects. Year: 2011
The minimalist library has a gray concrete and frosted glass
exterior with a bright, spacious interior where people and books provide the
Tea Tenerife Arts Space. Location: Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands,
Spain. Architect: Herzog & de Meuron. Year: 2008
TEA's modern lighting features that contrast with the dark
concrete, which is a nod to Tenerife's volcanic rock.
Book Mountain. Location: Spijkenisse, The Netherlands. Architect: MVRDV. Year: 2012
At the apex of the library's glass and timber pyramidis a
reading room and cafe with a 360-degree view of the area.
Vennesla Library And Culture House. Location: Vennesla, Norway. Architect: Helen & Hard. Year: 2011
The library's "whale skeleton" structure in
highlighed by its ceiling, which is comprised of 27 prefabricated
glued-laminated timber ribs.
The Black Diamond, Royal Library of Denmark. Location: Copenhagen, Denmark. Architect: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects. Year: 1999
The Black Diamond, whose name comes from its polished black
granite exterior, also houses two museums and a concert hall.
Abbey Library Of St. Gall. Location: St. Gallen, Switzerland. Architect: Peter Thumb. Year: 1767
The abbey became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983, and
its library is a mix of wood, stucco, and frescoes.
José Vasconcelos Library. Location: Mexico City, Mexico. Architect: Alberto Kalach. Year: 2006
The narrow building's interior is a network of stacks
confined in a glass case.
By Colleen Egan