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66 Contemporary Libraries

From Glass Box Libraries to Eco-Friendly Book Dwellings

— October 29, 2013 — Art & Design
Book repositories are fantastic places for both children and adults to come and expand their minds and imagination, and these contemporary libraries are making the experience of reading a new book much more alluring.

While libraries are wonderful places where you can stay to read a novel or simply borrow one to take back home, they are often regarded as mundane and visually unattractive structures. These contemporary libraries however, are revolutionizing the way people ordinarily see these buildings by transforming them into unique shapes and modern designs. Featuring all sorts of inventive qualities such as vibrant geometric shapes, futuristic designs and interactive elements, these contemporary libraries are encouraging a whole new generation of people to be more interested in literature and reading.

From pop-up seaside libraries to digital subway concepts, these contemporary structures are showcasing that reading books should certainly not be considered an outdated activity.
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Mobile Sketchbook Libraries
Mobile Sketchbook Libraries
'The Sketchbook Project' Aims to Lend Art to Others on New Summer Tour
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Displaced Outdoor Libraries
Displaced Outdoor Libraries
Bookyard by Massimo Bartolini Turns a Grassy Field into a Book Store
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Spherical Repository Abodes
Spherical Repository Abodes
The Oil Silo Home is Designed for a Post-Natural Gas World
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Suspended Tree Libraries
Suspended Tree Libraries
The Livre Exchange by House Works Promotes Free Access to Reading
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People-Lending Libraries
People-Lending Libraries
The Surrey City Centre Library to Offer 'Living Books' to the Public
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Symmetrical Library Hyperphotos
Symmetrical Library Hyperphotos
Bibliotheques Ideales by JF Rauzier is Realistically Surreal
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Free Cultural Libraries
Free Cultural Libraries
UNESCO, Library of Congress, and Others Launch World Digital Library
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Contemporary Reference Centers
Contemporary Reference Centers
The Alphabet Library by Stephane Hof Looks Like a Big Kitchen
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Pop-Up Seaside Libraries
Pop-Up Seaside Libraries
Matali Crasset's Beach Library Concept Features 300 Titles to Choose From
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River Rock Book Repositories
River Rock Book Repositories
Novel Sustainable Construction at the Villanueva Public Library
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Stunning Open-Shelved Spaces
Stunning Open-Shelved Spaces
Chile's Taltal Public Library is Full of Natural Light
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Digital Subway Libraries
Digital Subway Libraries
New York Commuters Tap into the Digital Subway Library for Free Reads
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Literary Ecotecture
Literary Ecotecture
The UNStudio Waalse Krook Library Will be a Green Haven
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Mini Park Libraries
Mini Park Libraries
Fundalectura Creates PPP Program to Give Columbians Access to Books
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Portable Portuguese Libraries
Portable Portuguese Libraries
The Reading Cabin is a Rustic Literary Hideaway
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Crane-Powered Book Repositories
Crane-Powered Book Repositories
The James B. Hunt Library bookBot is a Robotic Delivery Service
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Eco-Renovated Repositories
Eco-Renovated Repositories
Taiwan's Kaohsiung Public Library Could Get a Drastic Green Retrofit
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Infinite Virtual 3D Libraries
Infinite Virtual 3D Libraries
Google WebGL Bookcase is a Never-Ending Helix of Titles
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Podlike Literature Buildings
Podlike Literature Buildings
Stockholm Public Library is All About Infinite Space
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Sustainable Book Repositories
Sustainable Book Repositories
The 'Winds of Change Library' Blows Away Its Predecessors
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Futuristic Eco Libraries
Futuristic Eco Libraries
The Waalse Krook Library is a Sleekly Modern and Green Repository
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Eco-Friendly Book Dwellings
Eco-Friendly Book Dwellings
The Battery Park Library by 1100 Architects
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Reading Towers
Reading Towers
MVRDV Creates 'Book Mountain' For Transparent Literature
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Eco-integrated Libraries
Eco-integrated Libraries
The Alberto Kalach Library Blends Nature and Literature
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Caged Cultural Centers
Caged Cultural Centers
The Daegu Library is an Encased Sanctuary for Community and Learning
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Organically Frothy Libraries
Organically Frothy Libraries
'Biodigital Processes in Architecture' Promotes Calm Creativity
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Book-Encasing Pyramids (UPDATE)
Book-Encasing Pyramids (UPDATE)
The Book Mountain by MVRDV is a Librarian Marvel
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Open Air Libraries
Open Air Libraries
This Incredible Karo Architekten Design is a Public Repository Like No Other
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Green-Roofed Repositories
Green-Roofed Repositories
The Ballard Library Will Grow on You
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Green Pop-Up Libraries
Green Pop-Up Libraries
Latvia's Story Tower is Made Using Local Wood and Recycled Juice Cartons
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Bookworm Accommodations
Bookworm Accommodations
The 'Library Resort' in Koh Samui is Meant for Book-Lovers
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Modern Libraritecture
Modern Libraritecture
TANK Architects Constructs 21st Century Literary Havens
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Expansive Wine Libraries
Expansive Wine Libraries
The BvS Wine Traders Shop Archives Spirit Selection
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Converted Library Abodes
Converted Library Abodes
The Elena Garro Cultural Center Boasts An Inventive Remodel Concept
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Non-Linear Libraries
Non-Linear Libraries
The Sacred Heart Primary School Library by Suters Architects is Inventive
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Glow-in-the-Dark Libraries
Glow-in-the-Dark Libraries
The Exterior of the Aberdeen University Library Responds to Light
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Phone Booth Libraries
Phone Booth Libraries
Community-Run 24-Hour Micro Library in Somerset
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Eco-Friendly Temporary Libraries
Eco-Friendly Temporary Libraries
The 'SUTD Library Pavilion' is Recyclable and Modern
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Book-Lending Trucks
Book-Lending Trucks
The Productora A47 Mobile Library Comes to You
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Mind-Bending Surrealist Libraries
Mind-Bending Surrealist Libraries
Avondale Heights Library Offsets Simple Design with Bold Colors
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Striking Bookworm Heavens
Striking Bookworm Heavens
Libraries With Stunning Architecture Around the World
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Domed Ceiling Bookshelves
Domed Ceiling Bookshelves
The Wade Davis Writing Studio Boasts a Sky-High Library
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Divine-Inspired Book Houses
Divine-Inspired Book Houses
The Laurentius Library Has the Shape and Hue of an Angel's Halo
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Showy Red Reading Rooms
Showy Red Reading Rooms
The New University Library at the University of Amsterdam
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Brick-Resembling Libraries
Brick-Resembling Libraries
The Katowice Library by HS99 Towers With Academic Grandiosity
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Glass Box Libraries
Glass Box Libraries
The Bloor/Gladstone Library is an Incredible Use of Glass
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Outdoor Book Rooms
Outdoor Book Rooms
The 24 Hour Library and Community Space in Magdeburg, Germany
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Tetris-Inspired Libraries
Tetris-Inspired Libraries
Contertainer is a Health and Learning Center for the Public
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Modern Breezy Wooden Residences
Modern Breezy Wooden Residences
Malcolm Davis Architecture's Wooden Houses are Airy and Bright
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Led-Lit Libraries
Led-Lit Libraries
The Castro Leal Library Uses Diode Lighting
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Boxy Hilltop Libraries
Boxy Hilltop Libraries
The A+P House by Bauart Architects is located in Meilen, Switzerland
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Literary Feature Walls
Literary Feature Walls
Library House Was Designed Around the Necessity for Expansive Book Storage
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Scannable Subway Libraries
Scannable Subway Libraries
The Physical Digital Library in Bucharest Subway Lets Passengers Read
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Slide-Dividing Libraries
Slide-Dividing Libraries
Korean Architects 'Moon Hoon' Offers a Playful Room to Read Books
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Oblique Boxy Libraries
Oblique Boxy Libraries
BookCaseScreenWall Provides a Slanted and Pixelated Display of Publications
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Latticed Libraries
Latticed Libraries
University of Helsinki City Campus Library by Anttinen Oiva Architects is Swank
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Bookstore-Inspired Libraries
Bookstore-Inspired Libraries
The Almere Library Incorporates Retail Details
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Layered Library Concepts
Layered Library Concepts
The Ghirardelli Achitetti Concept for Daegu Gosan Unfolds Gradually
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Futuristic Looped Libraries
Futuristic Looped Libraries
Bjarke Ingels Group Wins Competition to Design Astana National Library
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Petite Pop-up Libraries
Petite Pop-up Libraries
This Tiny Reading Station is Only Big Enough for One
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Literary Spaceship Architecture
Literary Spaceship Architecture
The Dalian Public Library is Inspired by a Rose Petal
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Outdoor Reading Retreats
Outdoor Reading Retreats
Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter Creates the “Read-Nest Cabin”
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Landscape-Blended Architecture
Landscape-Blended Architecture
The 'Liyuan Library' Fuses Nature and Man-Made Structure
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Strung-Up Libraries
Strung-Up Libraries
The Bloom Bookcase Arranges Reading Materials Along Red Threads
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Innovative Book Shelves
Innovative Book Shelves
Creative Home Libraries
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Celebrity Home Libraries
Celebrity Home Libraries
Judy Berman Photographs Libraries of the Rich and Famous
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