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Publication Date: 2014-12-25

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11 Stunning Libraries From Around The Globe

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.

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Admont Library. Location: Admont, Austria. Architect: Josef Hueber. Year: 1776

The library's ceiling frescoes were inspired by the Englightenment.

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 color.

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

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