TOP 10 Libraries Around the World

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TOP 10 Libraries Around the World – Reading, for the sake of knowledge or enjoyment, or to explore the world of the human imagination, is one of those experiences that gives you a sense of emotional and spiritual richness quite different from economic or monetary well-being. In this sense, the act of creating a space that surrounds you with books is undoubtedly linked to the creation of a new, enriched sense of public values. Libraries have been the repositories of nations’ accumulated knowledge and the epicenters of their culture. More than being big buildings containing books, are important landmarks designed with impressive architecture and filled with symbolic art.

Below is a short of the best libraries in the world for me! I hope you enjoy!

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1.Parque Biblioteca España, MEDELLÍN, COLOMBIA

In 2005, Colombian architect Giancarlo Mazzanti, whose firm is based in Bogotá, was awarded two public commissions by way of open competition, and has designed a pair of libraries, one in the neighborhood of La Ladera, the other the Parque Biblioteca España, whose striking, unorthodox form sits in stark contrast to the makeshift architecture around it in Santo Domingo Savio barrio.

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Completed in 2007 at a total cost of about $4 million, Parque Biblioteca España, which looks out over the valley from its hillside perch among simple brick and stucco structures, has a profound presence and has caused quite a stir, which has spread far beyond the neighborhood.

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Address: Cra 33B # 107A-100, Medellín, Antioquia, Colômbia
Mobile: +57 3857598
Public Transports: Santo Domingo Savio

2.UCSD GEISEL LIBRARY, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

The brainchild of architect William L. Pereira. Geisel was designed in the late 1960s, at the end of a decade that saw a wave of supposedly futuristic architecture sweep southern California. Spot Cool Stuff is impressed at how modern this 40-year old building still looks. The Geisel Library is on the campus of the University of California at San Diego and is open to non-students.

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Being located so close Hollywood, it isn’t surprising that the Geisel has been the location of several movie and television shoots, Geisel Library has been featured in the cult movie Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and on television in such shows as Simon and Simon, Star Trek, and Mission Impossible.

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Public Transports: Gilman Dr & Myers Dr

 

3.THE LOS ANGELES CENTRAL LIBRARY, CALIFORNIA

An in-depth look at the art found at the Library is quite a revealing one: It describes the occult philosophy of those in power. We will look at the Central Library’s history and the hidden meaning of its architecture.

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The LA Central Library was designed by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, a prominent architect who was recognized and hired by America’s most powerful people. His works include governmental and military buildings, churches, libraries and the private houses of politicians.

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Address: 630 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Mobile: (213) 228-7000
Schedule: 10:00–20:00
Public Transports: 7th Street / Metro Center Station

 

4.SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY, WASHINGTON USA

The Seattle Public Library houses the library’s main collection of design books, audio visual materials and the technology to access and distribute information online. The building designed by Rem Koolhaas OMA, is divided into eight horizontal layers, each varying in size to fit its function. A structural steel and glass skin unifies the multifaceted form and defines the public spaces in-between.

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Koolhaas sees the new library as a custodian of the book, a showcase for new information, a place for thought, discussion and reflection – a dynamic presence. The fact that the contents of a whole library can be stored on a single chip, or the fact that a single library can now store the digital content of all libraries, together represent potential rethinking: new forms of storage enable the space dedicated to real books to be contained; new forms of reading enhance the aura of the real book.

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Address: 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Mobile:(206) 386-4636
Schedule: 10:00–20:00
Public Transports: 4th Ave & Madison St

 

5.BIBLIOTECA SANDRO PENNA, PERUGIA, ITALY
This public library, located in the San Sisto district of Perugia (Umbria), was named for 20th-century Perugia-born poet Sandro Penna. Its modern design and open floor plan make it an anomaly among Italy’s traditional and historic buildings – it was built in 2004 and designed by Studio Italo Rota & Partners, to look like a flying saucer.
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Mobile: (39) 075 5772500

 

6.TU DELFT LIBRARY, DELFT, NETHERLANDS

The TU Delft central library, was designed by the Mecanoo architects and built between 1996 -1997.

Although nearly fifteen years old, the visionary TU Delft Library is still an excellent example of forward-thinking sustainable design. Mecanoo Architecten’s vision was to develop a light-filled landmark that would serve as “a gateway to the digital highway”. What they achieved is a public place that is not only a core for information, but also features a prodigious public green roof for people to explore, relax and play.

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Visitors can catch some sun on the inclined lawn during the warmer months, and when it snows the roof makes for the best sledding in town — after all, where else are you going to find a hill in the Netherlands? The green roof also provides the interior with a much reduced need for cooling and helps the Delft University of Technology campus control storm water runoff.

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Address: Prometheusplein 1, 2628 ZC Delft, Países Baixos

Mobile: +31 15 278 5678
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Public Transports: Delft, Schoemakerstraat
7.SALT LAKE CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY, UTAH, USA
The design of the building is by Moshe Safdie Architecture. It is a gem to the downtown of SLC. The library has and amazing square with water features and amazing views of the valley on the roof.
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The selection of books and movies is amazing. The staff are very helpful and knowledgeable. The resting and reading area are great. The study areas are great.
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Address: 210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Mobile: (801) 524-8200
Schedule: 9:00–21:00
Public Transports: 400 S @ 225 E
8.NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, NEW YORK CITY
The New York Public Library is such a memory bank par excellence, one of the great knowledge institutions of the world, its myriad collections ranking with those of the British Library, the Library of Congress, and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Virtually all of the Library’s many collections and services are freely available to all comers. In fact, the Library has but one criterion for admission: curiosity.
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More than one million books were set in place for the official dedication of the Library on May 23, 1911.

The following morning, New York’s very public Public Library officially opened its doors. The response was overwhelming. Between 30,000 and 50,000 visitors streamed through the building the first day it was open. One of the very first items called for was N. I. Grot’s Nravstvennye idealy nashego vremeni (Ethical Ideas of Our Time), a study of Friedrich Nietzsche and Leo Tolstoi. The reader filed his slip at 9:08 a.m. and received his book six minutes later!

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Address: 455 5th Ave, New York, 10016
Mobile: (212) 340-0863
Schedule: 8:00–23:00  –  Ver todos
Public Transports: 5 Av
Around 6000 holes puncture the concrete exterior of this library in Kanazawa, Japan, by Kazumi Kudo and Hiroshi Horiba of Japanese firm Coelacanth K&H Architects. Translucent glass fills each hole, diffusing natural light into the 12 metre-high reading room of the Kanazawa Umimirai Library.
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Reflecting the general trend for libraries to facilitate reading as well as other functions, this library uses compact automated shelves that operate as a closed stack system. This is combined with halls and meeting rooms that promote social exchange between its users, much like a community center. The facility is also expected to serve as a new hub for social life among the local community.
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