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"A library outranks any one other thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert." Andrew Carnegie - see here for photos of the 10 Carnegie Libraries built in Toronto.

The Liyuan Library, 2hrs outside of Beijing. With a concept for a serenity-focused public space in mind, the library's designers used the mountain landscape as inspiration. The resulting building is constructed from sticks gathered in the village and lets in only natural light, helping the modest structure blend into its surroundings.

The Liyuan Libray By Li Xiaodong Atelier. Via ContemporistThe Liyuan Libray By Li Xiaodong Atelier. Via Contemporist- striking!

SYED In this example, Architecture firm OMA used a physical model which they described as a hyper rational program based model. This model is divided into three sections and these sections identify the users circulation and book’s location. This model helped them to show the process of both construction and function to their clients.

Seattle Central Library / OMA + LMN

Royal Portuguese Library's Reading Room, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Reading Room, Royal Portuguese Library, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

John Lautner was a California based architect that built very inspiring public buildings and private residences. The Walstrom house was constructed in 1969 into the side of a hill in the Santa Monica mountains just outside of Los Angeles. My main interest in this home is of course the use of wood, but also the asymmetrical structure.

This is the Walstrom House by California-based architect, John Lautner. Even though I would not classify this as a library per se, I find the design of the bookshelves in the open area floorplan as a unique twist to a reading space.

Beautiful public library designed by Helen & Hard Architects located in the downtown of Vennesla, Norway | Unique interior of the Vennesla Library and Culture House consists of 27 wooden ribs that form bookshelves and comfortable reading benches | Large windows let in plenty of light and provide beautiful views

Vennesla Library and Culture House in Vennesla, Norway, designed by Helen & Hard Architects, with 27 wooden ribs forming both bookshelves and reading benches

"62 of the World's Most Beautiful Libraries," from mentalfloss.com. Some of these libraries are so amazing that you might spend all your time looking at the library itself and not the books in it!

62 of the World's Most Beautiful Libraries

Morgan Library, USA Constructed in this amazing New York landmark was originally built as the personal library and museum space for financier Pierpont Morgan’s impressive collection of rare books, manuscripts, drawings, artifacts and prints.

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