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46 Inspiring Library Designs

From Dangling Mobile Libraries to Beach Library Installations

— September 7, 2015 — Art & Design
These inspiring library designs are sure to have you swapping your e-reader for a hard-cover novel. While libraries have gradually shifted their focus from books to digital devices, they have retained their purpose as a place where patrons come to learn. These contemporary library designs continue to inspire bookworms everywhere to pick up a new novel or two.

While libraries are often thought of as fixed structures, there are several modern libraries that are designed for maximum mobility. These roving libraries help to bring literature to those who may be unable to access traditional public libraries. These mobile libraries come in the form of miniature trucks, pedal-powered carts and even antique bicycles.

While some libraries are designed for accessibility, others are focused on catering to a specific portion of the population. These libraries target a range of consumers who might not visit a traditional public library. These inspiring library designs include beach library installations, exclusive travel libraries and experimental fashion libraries.
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Digitized Venetian Libraries
Digitized Venetian Libraries
The Venice Time Machine Project Will Digitize 1,000 Years of Archives
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Mobile Library Carts
Mobile Library Carts
These Passionate Librarians are Delivering Books Via Bicycles
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Leaning Library Extensions
Leaning Library Extensions
D’houndt Bajart Architectes Creates an Additional Educational Facility
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Customized Microchip Libraries
Customized Microchip Libraries
The eGranary Pocket Library Provides Access to Information
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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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Free Ice Sculpture Libraries
Free Ice Sculpture Libraries
This Free Ice Library Gives Out Books to Whoever Passes By
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Distorted Grid Libraries
Distorted Grid Libraries
The National Library of the Czech Republic Receives an Interesting Design
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Reflective Media Libraries
Reflective Media Libraries
The Mont de Marsan Mediatheque by Archi5 Resembles a Mirror
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Modernist Educational Institutions
Modernist Educational Institutions
The Dalarna Media Library by ADEPT Embraces Simplistic Design
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Contemplative Library Homes
Contemplative Library Homes
The House of Respect and Happiness Recognizes Important Qualities
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Understated Hilltop Libraries
Understated Hilltop Libraries
This Cultural Center in Ateliers O-S Architectes Resembles a Museum
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Sculpted Creative Library Designs
Sculpted Creative Library Designs
This Stunning Wood-Clad School Library Spurs Productivity
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Tranparent Presidential Libraries
Tranparent Presidential Libraries
HOK Presents a Plan for the Barack Obama Library in Chicago
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Library Listening Parties
Library Listening Parties
Japan's Mori No Tosho Shitsu Will Host a Silent Disco Library Party
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Sloping-Roofed Libraries
Sloping-Roofed Libraries
The Pinch: Library and Community Center Helps Children in China
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Retro-Modern Library Decor
Retro-Modern Library Decor
This Geneva Library Marries Retro and Contemporary Design Details
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Church-Renovated Libraries
Church-Renovated Libraries
The Monique Corriveau Library by CLC Architects is Bright and Airy
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Panoramic Library Interiors
Panoramic Library Interiors
Vector Architects' Latest Project is a Reading Room With a View
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Arching Underbelly Libraries
Arching Underbelly Libraries
The New Calgary Library by DIALOG and Snohetta is Technical
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Local Characterist-Embracing Libraries
Local Characterist-Embracing Libraries
The Shanghai Jiading Public Library Reflects Surroundings
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Geometric Student-Run Libraries
Geometric Student-Run Libraries
X-Space is a Library that is Built by Students for Students
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QR-Accessible Subway Libraries
QR-Accessible Subway Libraries
Beijing's Underground Library Lets You Scan Codes to Read eBooks
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Bookless Libraries
Bookless Libraries
Florida Polytechnic University Has a Massive New Bookless Library
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Revolutionary Miniature Libraries
Revolutionary Miniature Libraries
The Standing Table Does More Than its Stationary Name Suggests
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Hi-Tech Wallpaper Bookshelves
Hi-Tech Wallpaper Bookshelves
The Digital Library Wallpaper is Full of Downloadable E-Books
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Time Capsule Libraries
Time Capsule Libraries
Katie Paterson's Future Library Will be Accessed in 2114
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Antique Tricycle Libraries
Antique Tricycle Libraries
The See-Clo Combines Vintage Objects into a Playful Contemporary Shelf
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Library-Themed Homes
Library-Themed Homes
This Remodelled Library Keeps its Original Charm
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Endless Bookshelf Residences
Endless Bookshelf Residences
This Stunning Home Features a 17-Meter Library Wall
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Color-Coordinated Libraries (UPDATE)
Color-Coordinated Libraries (UPDATE)
The Saraiva Bookstore is Organized to Invite Users to Browse
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People-Renting Human Libraries
People-Renting Human Libraries
This Library Lets You Take Out Interesting People Instead of Books
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Curvaceous Colorful Kid's Libraries
Curvaceous Colorful Kid's Libraries
This Rainbow Library Brings Fun Back to Reading
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Futuristic Student Libraries
Futuristic Student Libraries
Zaha Hadid's Student Library is a State-of-the-Art Learning Center
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Portable Portuguese Libraries
Portable Portuguese Libraries
The Reading Cabin is a Rustic Literary Hideaway
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Experimental Fashion Libraries
Experimental Fashion Libraries
The Lena Fashion Library Allows Members to Borrow its Clothing
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Louvered Library Architecture
Louvered Library Architecture
FJMT Distinguishes Craigieburn Library with a Louvered Appearance
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Motion-Sensing Novel Sculptures
Motion-Sensing Novel Sculptures
The Bristol Central Library Book Hive Installation is Mesmerizing
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Literary Retail Takeovers
Literary Retail Takeovers
The Sonia Rykiel Flagship in Paris Has Been Transformed into a Library
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Dangling Mobile Libraries
Dangling Mobile Libraries
By The Book Creates the Illusion That Your Hardcover Collection Floats
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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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Exclusive Travel Libraries
Exclusive Travel Libraries
Hyundai Card's Members-Only Library Design Inspires Wanderlust
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Lounge-Worthy Libraries
Lounge-Worthy Libraries
This Library was Designed by BC Architects for a School for Deaf Children
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Textile-Inspired Libraries
Textile-Inspired Libraries
King Fahd Library is a Lattice Cube Inspired by Classical Architecture
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Charming Mobile Libraries
Charming Mobile Libraries
This Intriguing Mobile Library was Created by Anto­nio La Cava
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Backyard-Inspired Libraries
Backyard-Inspired Libraries
A Cozy Library Built by 3rdSpace in a Backyard
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Beach Library Installations
Beach Library Installations
Herman Kompernas Promotes Reading by the Bulgarian Black Sea
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