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65 New-Age Libraries

From LED-Lit Libraries to Book-Lending Trucks

— October 6, 2012 — Art & Design
These new-age libraries are updating conventional book lending constructions to create more exciting literary environments for patrons.

With the rise of the Internet, and the increasing digitalization of information, libraries can seem archaic. However, the book-housing constructions are still very much alive and moving forward in design to make for fantastical data-collecting spaces. From modernistic innovation in architecture to inventive shelving, the bookworm's favorite hangout is getting upgrades.

For instance, the Nam June Paik Library, located in Yong-In, South Korea, boasts cubic translucent blocks. This multimedia center houses not only traditional books but also reading areas and computer stations that go along with a minimalist modern aesthetic. This compiled list showcases the forward-thinking design and structure of new-age libraries that beckon readers to continue to research and inform in the beloved constructions.
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Digitized World Histories
Digitized World Histories
The Google Books British Library Project Provides Literature Online
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E-Book Libraries
E-Book Libraries
The Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Debuts the World's First e-Library
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63
Attuned Learning Centers
Attuned Learning Centers
The Anacostia Library Caters to the Demographics of the Neighborhood
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62
People-Lending Libraries
People-Lending Libraries
The Surrey City Centre Library to Offer 'Living Books' to the Public
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61
Overeager Book Police
Overeager Book Police
Man Arrested for Not Returning Library Materials in Littleton, Colorado
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60
Free Cultural Libraries
Free Cultural Libraries
UNESCO, Library of Congress, and Others Launch World Digital Library
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59
Contemporary Reference Centers
Contemporary Reference Centers
The Alphabet Library by Stephane Hof Looks Like a Big Kitchen
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58
Contemporary Library Designs
Contemporary Library Designs
The UvA University Library is a Book-Less Archive
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57
Book-Free Libraries
Book-Free Libraries
New England Prep School Ushers in Literary Electronic Era
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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
Stunning Open-Shelved Spaces
Stunning Open-Shelved Spaces
Chile's Taltal Public Library is Full of Natural Light
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54
Pedal-Powered Libraries
Pedal-Powered Libraries
Street Books Delivers Literature to Portland's Homeless
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53
Literary Ecotecture
Literary Ecotecture
The UNStudio Waalse Krook Library Will be a Green Haven
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52
Dramatic Architecture Photoshoots
Dramatic Architecture Photoshoots
The Library by Mike Fiechter is a Fascinating Collection
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51
Eco-Renovated Repositories
Eco-Renovated Repositories
Taiwan's Kaohsiung Public Library Could Get a Drastic Green Retrofit
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50
Abandoned Retailer Athenaeums
Abandoned Retailer Athenaeums
The McAllen Public Library Wins 2012 Library Interior Design Comp
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49
Oversized Hardcover Facades
Oversized Hardcover Facades
The Kansas City Library has Installed a Gigantic Bookshelf
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48
Sustainable Book Repositories
Sustainable Book Repositories
The 'Winds of Change Library' Blows Away Its Predecessors
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47
Podlike Literature Buildings
Podlike Literature Buildings
Stockholm Public Library is All About Infinite Space
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46
Futuristic Eco Libraries
Futuristic Eco Libraries
The Waalse Krook Library is a Sleekly Modern and Green Repository
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45
Eco-Friendly Book Dwellings
Eco-Friendly Book Dwellings
The Battery Park Library by 1100 Architects
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44
Reading Towers
Reading Towers
MVRDV Creates 'Book Mountain' For Transparent Literature
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43
Book-Made Buildings
Book-Made Buildings
The Book Cell by Matej Kren is an Octagonally Awesome Accomplishment
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42
Simple Perforated Structures
Simple Perforated Structures
The Kanazawa Umimirai Library Focuses on the Beauty of the Book
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Eco-integrated Libraries
Eco-integrated Libraries
The Alberto Kalach Library Blends Nature and Literature
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40
Birdhouse Bookshops
Birdhouse Bookshops
The Little Free Library Program Encourages Public Literacy
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39
Library Ladder Kitchens
Library Ladder Kitchens
Francoise Bollack Architects Makes Kitchens More Accessible
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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
Green-Roofed Repositories
Green-Roofed Repositories
The Ballard Library Will Grow on You
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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
Soft Bookworm Storage
Soft Bookworm Storage
The Silicone Catalyst Shelf Has a Built-In Bookmark
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33
Perforated Hexagonal Repositories
Perforated Hexagonal Repositories
Canada Water Library by CZWG Features View of Canada Water Basin
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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
Non-Linear Libraries
Non-Linear Libraries
The Sacred Heart Primary School Library by Suters Architects is Inventive
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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
Spiralling Architecture
Spiralling Architecture
Chris Prechteck Designs an Eye-Catching Curvy Library
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27
Serrated Facade Structures
Serrated Facade Structures
The Navarra Biomedical Research Center Features Sharp Accents
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26
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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25
Bookish Buildings
Bookish Buildings
De Batavier is a Facade of Books in Lootstraat, Amsterdam
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24
Library Zoos
Library Zoos
‘Animal Index' Wildlife Book Markers Bring Bookshelves to Life
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23
Swaying Novel Storage
Swaying Novel Storage
Rock Library by Arik Levy is a Dry Land Boat for Book Lovers
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22
Showy Red Reading Rooms
Showy Red Reading Rooms
The New University Library at the University of Amsterdam
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21
Glass Box Libraries
Glass Box Libraries
The Bloor/Gladstone Library is an Incredible Use of Glass
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20
Outdoor Book Rooms
Outdoor Book Rooms
The 24 Hour Library and Community Space in Magdeburg, Germany
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19
Tetris-Inspired Libraries
Tetris-Inspired Libraries
Contertainer is a Health and Learning Center for the Public
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18
Led-Lit Libraries
Led-Lit Libraries
The Castro Leal Library Uses Diode Lighting
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17
Translucent Block Book Rooms
Translucent Block Book Rooms
Nam June Paik Library is a Contemporary Cube of Literature
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Circular Library Bookshelves
Circular Library Bookshelves
Ex Libris' Curvy Design is Capable of Holding 20,000 Tomes
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15
Whimsical Mobile Bookshops
Whimsical Mobile Bookshops
The Robi Rolling Library by Linie Zweii Gives Books to the Poor
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14
Feline-Friendly Bookshelves
Feline-Friendly Bookshelves
The Corentin Dombrecht Cat-Library is the Perfect Perch for Puss
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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
Storybook Storage Systems
Storybook Storage Systems
The Pagina Bookcase Looks Like a Magnified Model of an Open Novel
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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
Bookstore-Inspired Libraries
Bookstore-Inspired Libraries
The Almere Library Incorporates Retail Details
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9
Futuristic Looped Libraries
Futuristic Looped Libraries
Bjarke Ingels Group Wins Competition to Design Astana National Library
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8
Hot Pink Retail Shops
Hot Pink Retail Shops
The Paagman Bookstore in the Hague Has a Dazzling Design
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7
Graphic Novel Galleries
Graphic Novel Galleries
The MoCCA by Alessandro Ortiz and Reid Nystrom Conceive a Built Caricature
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6
Literary Spaceship Architecture
Literary Spaceship Architecture
The Dalian Public Library is Inspired by a Rose Petal
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5
Minimalist Sci-Fi Athenaeums
Minimalist Sci-Fi Athenaeums
The Vennesla Library and Culture House Belongs in the 22nd Century
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4
Floating Literature Holders
Floating Literature Holders
The 'Conceal Book Shelf' Makes One a Reading Magician
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3
Topsy Turvy Cafes
Topsy Turvy Cafes
The D'espresso Coffee Shop Looks Like a Library Flipped on its Side
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2
Landscape-Blended Architecture
Landscape-Blended Architecture
The 'Liyuan Library' Fuses Nature and Man-Made Structure
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Celebrity Home Libraries
Celebrity Home Libraries
Judy Berman Photographs Libraries of the Rich and Famous
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