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73 Forward-Thinking Libraries

From Sloping-Roofed Libraries to Lounge-Worthy Education Centers

— May 1, 2014 — Social Good
These education centers not only provide a place for kids and adults alike to come and find books, but also be inspired be the distinct structural designs. From sloping-roofed libraries to spaces that refuse to use 90-degree angles, these designs are forward-thinking in multiple ways.

Musashino Place for example is located in Tokyo, and offers not only spaces for children to read, but also partake in various activities available at the institution. Other innovative libraries include sculptures placed in the middle of open urban spaces, with an area at the center for one person to step inside and read from the available material. It's designs such as this that help promote the idea of how learning can take place on a day to day basis, even in the most spontaneous ways.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Social Exchange-Promoting Libraries
Social Exchange-Promoting Libraries
Musashino Place in Tokyo Offers an Area for People to Learn
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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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73
E-Book Libraries
E-Book Libraries
The Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Debuts the World's First e-Library
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72
Free Ice Sculpture Libraries
Free Ice Sculpture Libraries
This Free Ice Library Gives Out Books to Whoever Passes By
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71
Sculpted Creative Library Designs
Sculpted Creative Library Designs
This Stunning Wood-Clad School Library Spurs Productivity
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70
Public Library Homes
Public Library Homes
Hernando Guanlao Pays Love to His Parents by Honoring Their Love of Reading
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69
Displaced Outdoor Libraries
Displaced Outdoor Libraries
Bookyard by Massimo Bartolini Turns a Grassy Field into a Book Store
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68
Suspended Tree Libraries
Suspended Tree Libraries
The Livre Exchange by House Works Promotes Free Access to Reading
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67
Sloping-Roofed Libraries
Sloping-Roofed Libraries
The Pinch: Library and Community Center Helps Children in China
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66
Manual Book-Transferring Celebrations
Manual Book-Transferring Celebrations
Chain of Book Lovers Event Pays Tribute to The Baltic Way
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65
E-Book-Only Libraries
E-Book-Only Libraries
San Antonio's BiblioTech Will Be the US' First All-Digital Public Library
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64
Church-Renovated Libraries
Church-Renovated Libraries
The Monique Corriveau Library by CLC Architects is Bright and Airy
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63
People-Lending Libraries
People-Lending Libraries
The Surrey City Centre Library to Offer 'Living Books' to the Public
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62
Geometric Student-Run Libraries
Geometric Student-Run Libraries
X-Space is a Library that is Built by Students for Students
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61
Scannable Public Libraries
Scannable Public Libraries
Projekt Ingeborg Seeks to Bring Classic Literature to Everyday Citizens
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60
Revolutionary Miniature Libraries
Revolutionary Miniature Libraries
The Standing Table Does More Than its Stationary Name Suggests
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59
Free Cultural Libraries
Free Cultural Libraries
UNESCO, Library of Congress, and Others Launch World Digital Library
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58
Pop-Up Seaside Libraries
Pop-Up Seaside Libraries
Matali Crasset's Beach Library Concept Features 300 Titles to Choose From
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57
Surprise Library Events
Surprise Library Events
Blind Date with a Book Gives Overlooked Novels a Chance
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56
Arctic Animal Libraries
Arctic Animal Libraries
The Iron Joe Polar Bear Bookshelf Stores Literature with a Whimsical Twist
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55
Book-Free Libraries
Book-Free Libraries
New England Prep School Ushers in Literary Electronic Era
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54
Antique Tricycle Libraries
Antique Tricycle Libraries
The See-Clo Combines Vintage Objects into a Playful Contemporary Shelf
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53
Coned Topped Architecture
Coned Topped Architecture
The TU Delft Library Features a Relaxing Green Roof Area
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52
Digital Subway Libraries
Digital Subway Libraries
New York Commuters Tap into the Digital Subway Library for Free Reads
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51
Pedal-Powered Libraries
Pedal-Powered Libraries
Street Books Delivers Literature to Portland's Homeless
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50
People-Renting Human Libraries
People-Renting Human Libraries
This Library Lets You Take Out Interesting People Instead of Books
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49
Mini Park Libraries
Mini Park Libraries
Fundalectura Creates PPP Program to Give Columbians Access to Books
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48
Rotating Book Tables
Rotating Book Tables
This Standing Book Shelf is Ideal for Avid Readers
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47
Ornamental Libraries
Ornamental Libraries
The Bookman Shelf
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46
Curvaceous Colorful Kid's Libraries
Curvaceous Colorful Kid's Libraries
This Rainbow Library Brings Fun Back to Reading
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45
Outdoor-Integrated Institutions
Outdoor-Integrated Institutions
The Culver City Middle School Introduces Interiors to the Exterior
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44
Portable Portuguese Libraries
Portable Portuguese Libraries
The Reading Cabin is a Rustic Literary Hideaway
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43
Futuristic Student Libraries
Futuristic Student Libraries
Zaha Hadid's Student Library is a State-of-the-Art Learning Center
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42
Infinite Virtual 3D Libraries
Infinite Virtual 3D Libraries
Google WebGL Bookcase is a Never-Ending Helix of Titles
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41
Futuristic Eco Libraries
Futuristic Eco Libraries
The Waalse Krook Library is a Sleekly Modern and Green Repository
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40
Eco-Friendly Book Dwellings
Eco-Friendly Book Dwellings
The Battery Park Library by 1100 Architects
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39
Simple Perforated Structures
Simple Perforated Structures
The Kanazawa Umimirai Library Focuses on the Beauty of the Book
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38
Eco-integrated Libraries
Eco-integrated Libraries
The Alberto Kalach Library Blends Nature and Literature
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37
Organically Frothy Libraries
Organically Frothy Libraries
'Biodigital Processes in Architecture' Promotes Calm Creativity
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36
Open Air Libraries
Open Air Libraries
This Incredible Karo Architekten Design is a Public Repository Like No Other
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35
Dangling Mobile Libraries
Dangling Mobile Libraries
By The Book Creates the Illusion That Your Hardcover Collection Floats
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34
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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33
Expansive Wine Libraries
Expansive Wine Libraries
The BvS Wine Traders Shop Archives Spirit Selection
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32
Public Sketch Libraries
Public Sketch Libraries
Sketchory Offers 250,000 Free Originals For Anybody Online
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31
Digital USB Libraries
Digital USB Libraries
The '3000 Classic Books USB' Contains Digital Literary Classics to Read
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30
Non-Linear Libraries
Non-Linear Libraries
The Sacred Heart Primary School Library by Suters Architects is Inventive
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29
Glow-in-the-Dark Libraries
Glow-in-the-Dark Libraries
The Exterior of the Aberdeen University Library Responds to Light
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28
Eco-Friendly Temporary Libraries
Eco-Friendly Temporary Libraries
The 'SUTD Library Pavilion' is Recyclable and Modern
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27
Phone Booth Libraries
Phone Booth Libraries
Community-Run 24-Hour Micro Library in Somerset
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26
Lounge-Worthy Libraries
Lounge-Worthy Libraries
This Library was Designed by BC Architects for a School for Deaf Children
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25
Textile-Inspired Libraries
Textile-Inspired Libraries
King Fahd Library is a Lattice Cube Inspired by Classical Architecture
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24
Book-Lending Trucks
Book-Lending Trucks
The Productora A47 Mobile Library Comes to You
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23
Book-Filled Benches
Book-Filled Benches
The Little Free Library Offers Free Libraries on the Streets
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22
Striking Bookworm Heavens
Striking Bookworm Heavens
Libraries With Stunning Architecture Around the World
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21
Brick-Resembling Libraries
Brick-Resembling Libraries
The Katowice Library by HS99 Towers With Academic Grandiosity
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20
Charming Mobile Libraries
Charming Mobile Libraries
This Intriguing Mobile Library was Created by Anto­nio La Cava
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19
Virtual Dress-Up Libraries
Virtual Dress-Up Libraries
'Paper Doll Heaven' Lets You Dress all the Boys of Your Dreams
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18
Glass Box Libraries
Glass Box Libraries
The Bloor/Gladstone Library is an Incredible Use of Glass
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17
Backyard-Inspired Libraries
Backyard-Inspired Libraries
A Cozy Library Built by 3rdSpace in a Backyard
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16
Tetris-Inspired Libraries
Tetris-Inspired Libraries
Contertainer is a Health and Learning Center for the Public
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15
Boxy Hilltop Libraries
Boxy Hilltop Libraries
The A+P House by Bauart Architects is located in Meilen, Switzerland
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14
Led-Lit Libraries
Led-Lit Libraries
The Castro Leal Library Uses Diode Lighting
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13
Modular Libraries
Modular Libraries
Studio Parade Aligns Books into Works of Art
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12
Scannable Subway Libraries
Scannable Subway Libraries
The Physical Digital Library in Bucharest Subway Lets Passengers Read
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11
Slide-Dividing Libraries
Slide-Dividing Libraries
Korean Architects 'Moon Hoon' Offers a Playful Room to Read Books
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10
Oblique Boxy Libraries
Oblique Boxy Libraries
BookCaseScreenWall Provides a Slanted and Pixelated Display of Publications
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9
Chic Living Room Libraries
Chic Living Room Libraries
Montana Mobler Helps You Organize Your Own Personal Library
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8
Bookstore-Inspired Libraries
Bookstore-Inspired Libraries
The Almere Library Incorporates Retail Details
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7
Latticed Libraries
Latticed Libraries
University of Helsinki City Campus Library by Anttinen Oiva Architects is Swank
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6
Futuristic Looped Libraries
Futuristic Looped Libraries
Bjarke Ingels Group Wins Competition to Design Astana National Library
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5
Petite Pop-up Libraries
Petite Pop-up Libraries
This Tiny Reading Station is Only Big Enough for One
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4
Secluded Study Cubicles
Secluded Study Cubicles
The Study Cube Takes Cramming to the Next Level
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3
Strung-Up Libraries
Strung-Up Libraries
The Bloom Bookcase Arranges Reading Materials Along Red Threads
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2
Innovative Book Shelves
Innovative Book Shelves
Creative Home Libraries
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1
Celebrity Home Libraries
Celebrity Home Libraries
Judy Berman Photographs Libraries of the Rich and Famous
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