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65 Novel Library Designs

From Book-Lending Trucks to Birdhouse Bookshops

— July 23, 2012 — Autos
Although reading a book may seem like an archaic concept, these novel library designs will have you convinced you can't judge a book by its cover. While your community library may consist of metal shelves and fluorescent lightning, these far-out library designs push creative and spatial boundaries.

Everything from birdhouses to phone booths have been transformed into public, book-lending places. Shelves of novels have become part of the overall design, offering an eye-catching architectural detail to a room. Punchy colors and graphic motifs add flair to an otherwise boring concept.

Technology has also helped advance stereotypical library designs, translating these public spaces into the digital realm. Prior to mass-production printing, books were considered a privilege enjoyed by the upper class. With e-readers on the rise and bookmobiles on the loose, access to literature is becoming increasingly democratic.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Book Borrowing E-Readers
Book Borrowing E-Readers
The Kindle Owners' Lending Library Loans Novels Sans Due Dates
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64
On-Demand Literary Printing
On-Demand Literary Printing
Harvard Book Store Espresso Book Machine Prints in Four Minutes
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63
E-Book Libraries
E-Book Libraries
The Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Debuts the World's First e-Library
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62
Digitized World Histories
Digitized World Histories
The Google Books British Library Project Provides Literature Online
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61
Library Sized Apps
Library Sized Apps
The Boundless Library Provides Extensive Exploration of Library's Conte
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60
Attuned Learning Centers
Attuned Learning Centers
The Anacostia Library Caters to the Demographics of the Neighborhood
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59
Displaced Outdoor Libraries
Displaced Outdoor Libraries
Bookyard by Massimo Bartolini Turns a Grassy Field into a Book Store
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58
People-Lending Libraries
People-Lending Libraries
The Surrey City Centre Library to Offer 'Living Books' to the Public
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57
Scannable Public Libraries
Scannable Public Libraries
Projekt Ingeborg Seeks to Bring Classic Literature to Everyday Citizens
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56
River Rock Book Repositories
River Rock Book Repositories
Novel Sustainable Construction at the Villanueva Public Library
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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
Vintage-Like Literary Lounges
Vintage-Like Literary Lounges
The Oracle Club is a Members-Only Salon With Old World Charm
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53
Contemporary Library Designs
Contemporary Library Designs
The UvA University Library is a Book-Less Archive
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52
Stunning Open-Shelved Spaces
Stunning Open-Shelved Spaces
Chile's Taltal Public Library is Full of Natural Light
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51
Pedal-Powered Libraries
Pedal-Powered Libraries
Street Books Delivers Literature to Portland's Homeless
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50
Mini Park Libraries
Mini Park Libraries
Fundalectura Creates PPP Program to Give Columbians Access to Books
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49
Outdoor-Integrated Institutions
Outdoor-Integrated Institutions
The Culver City Middle School Introduces Interiors to the Exterior
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48
Eco-Renovated Repositories
Eco-Renovated Repositories
Taiwan's Kaohsiung Public Library Could Get a Drastic Green Retrofit
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47
Abandoned Retailer Athenaeums
Abandoned Retailer Athenaeums
The McAllen Public Library Wins 2012 Library Interior Design Comp
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46
Infinite Virtual 3D Libraries
Infinite Virtual 3D Libraries
Google WebGL Bookcase is a Never-Ending Helix of Titles
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45
Podlike Literature Buildings
Podlike Literature Buildings
Stockholm Public Library is All About Infinite Space
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44
Futuristic Eco Libraries
Futuristic Eco Libraries
The Waalse Krook Library is a Sleekly Modern and Green Repository
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43
Sustainable Book Repositories
Sustainable Book Repositories
The 'Winds of Change Library' Blows Away Its Predecessors
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42
Eco-Friendly Book Dwellings
Eco-Friendly Book Dwellings
The Battery Park Library by 1100 Architects
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41
Simple Perforated Structures
Simple Perforated Structures
The Kanazawa Umimirai Library Focuses on the Beauty of the Book
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40
Eco-integrated Libraries
Eco-integrated Libraries
The Alberto Kalach Library Blends Nature and Literature
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39
Birdhouse Bookshops
Birdhouse Bookshops
The Little Free Library Program Encourages Public Literacy
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38
Organically Frothy Libraries
Organically Frothy Libraries
'Biodigital Processes in Architecture' Promotes Calm Creativity
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37
Open Air Libraries
Open Air Libraries
This Incredible Karo Architekten Design is a Public Repository Like No Other
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36
Simple Staircase Bookcases
Simple Staircase Bookcases
The Serpentin Library Arranges Your Hardcovers Along a Slanted Ascent
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35
Bookworm Accommodations
Bookworm Accommodations
The 'Library Resort' in Koh Samui is Meant for Book-Lovers
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34
Modern Libraritecture
Modern Libraritecture
TANK Architects Constructs 21st Century Literary Havens
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33
Non-Linear Libraries
Non-Linear Libraries
The Sacred Heart Primary School Library by Suters Architects is Inventive
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32
Glow-in-the-Dark Libraries
Glow-in-the-Dark Libraries
The Exterior of the Aberdeen University Library Responds to Light
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31
Phone Booth Libraries
Phone Booth Libraries
Community-Run 24-Hour Micro Library in Somerset
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30
Book-Lending Trucks
Book-Lending Trucks
The Productora A47 Mobile Library Comes to You
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29
Mind-Bending Surrealist Libraries
Mind-Bending Surrealist Libraries
Avondale Heights Library Offsets Simple Design with Bold Colors
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28
Novel Beach Pads
Novel Beach Pads
The 'Book' House by Nendo is a Geek's Dream on a Serene Coast
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27
Domed Ceiling Bookshelves
Domed Ceiling Bookshelves
The Wade Davis Writing Studio Boasts a Sky-High Library
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26
Striking Bookworm Heavens
Striking Bookworm Heavens
Libraries With Stunning Architecture Around the World
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25
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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24
Mobile Literacy
Mobile Literacy
The 'Library on Wheels' Bus
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23
Showy Red Reading Rooms
Showy Red Reading Rooms
The New University Library at the University of Amsterdam
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22
Glass Box Libraries
Glass Box Libraries
The Bloor/Gladstone Library is an Incredible Use of Glass
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21
Outdoor Book Rooms
Outdoor Book Rooms
The 24 Hour Library and Community Space in Magdeburg, Germany
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20
Tetris-Inspired Libraries
Tetris-Inspired Libraries
Contertainer is a Health and Learning Center for the Public
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19
Boxy Hilltop Libraries
Boxy Hilltop Libraries
The A+P House by Bauart Architects is located in Meilen, Switzerland
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18
Translucent Block Book Rooms
Translucent Block Book Rooms
Nam June Paik Library is a Contemporary Cube of Literature
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17
Circular Library Bookshelves
Circular Library Bookshelves
Ex Libris' Curvy Design is Capable of Holding 20,000 Tomes
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16
Modular Libraries
Modular Libraries
Studio Parade Aligns Books into Works of Art
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15
Oblique Boxy Libraries
Oblique Boxy Libraries
BookCaseScreenWall Provides a Slanted and Pixelated Display of Publications
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14
Whimsical Mobile Bookshops
Whimsical Mobile Bookshops
The Robi Rolling Library by Linie Zweii Gives Books to the Poor
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13
Chic Living Room Libraries
Chic Living Room Libraries
Montana Mobler Helps You Organize Your Own Personal Library
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12
Bookstore-Inspired Libraries
Bookstore-Inspired Libraries
The Almere Library Incorporates Retail Details
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11
Latticed Libraries
Latticed Libraries
University of Helsinki City Campus Library by Anttinen Oiva Architects is Swank
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10
Futuristic Looped Libraries
Futuristic Looped Libraries
Bjarke Ingels Group Wins Competition to Design Astana National Library
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9
Hot Pink Retail Shops
Hot Pink Retail Shops
The Paagman Bookstore in the Hague Has a Dazzling Design
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8
Literary Spaceship Architecture
Literary Spaceship Architecture
The Dalian Public Library is Inspired by a Rose Petal
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7
Minimalist Sci-Fi Athenaeums
Minimalist Sci-Fi Athenaeums
The Vennesla Library and Culture House Belongs in the 22nd Century
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6
Utilizing Limited Spaces
Utilizing Limited Spaces
Staircase Library
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5
Topsy Turvy Cafes
Topsy Turvy Cafes
The D'espresso Coffee Shop Looks Like a Library Flipped on its Side
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4
Landscape-Blended Architecture
Landscape-Blended Architecture
The 'Liyuan Library' Fuses Nature and Man-Made Structure
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3
Imaginative Recreational Workspaces
Imaginative Recreational Workspaces
The LEGO Denmark Office Has a Slide and Building Stations
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2
Celebrity Home Libraries
Celebrity Home Libraries
Judy Berman Photographs Libraries of the Rich and Famous
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1
Collaborative Cobalt Workspaces
Collaborative Cobalt Workspaces
The Princeton University Julian Street Library is Vibrant
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