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World's 25 most amazing libraries

Last updated on: January 18, 2013 11:52 IST

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These libraries are a book lover's paradise. Besides having an interesting collection of books, these libraries are famous for their architecture, design and style.

Take a look at the world's 25 most amazing libraries according to Flavorwire.com...

Vennesla Library and Culture House, Norway

Designed by Helen & Hard, the Vennesla Library and Culture House is located in Vennesla Municipality in Vest-Agder, Norway.

The new library building completed in 2011 has won several architecture prizes.

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Central Public Library, Vancouver, Canada

The Vancouver Public Library (VPL) is the second largest public library system in Canada, with more than 2.8 million items in its collections and 22 branches.

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Kanazawa Umimirai Library, Kanazawa City, Japan

The library resembles a three-layered floor covered with a large box called 'cake box'. The large external "punching wall" features around 6,000 small openings, making the building very attractive.

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Bristol Central Library, Bristol

Built in 1906 by Charles Holden, Bristol Central Library is a historic building influenced by the Edwardian Free Style architecture.

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Royal Danish Library, Denmark

Designed by Schmidt, Hammer & Lassen, the Royal Library in Copenhagen, Denmark is the national library of Denmark and the university library of the University of Copenhagen. It is the largest library in the Nordic countries.

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The Peckham Library, London

The Peckham Library designed by William Alsop and Jan Stormerwon the Stirling Pri ze for Architecture in 2000.

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Stuttgart City Library, Stuttgart, Germany

Built by Giovanni Salucci, the Central Library of Stuttgart is located in Wilhelmspalais, Stuttgart since 1965.

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Central Library, Seattle

Central Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus of OMA/LMN, Seattle was established  in 1890.

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Sendai Mediatheque, Japan

Sendai Mediatheque is a library in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. It was designed by Toyo Ito in 1995 and completed in 2001.

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Angelica Library, Rome, Italy

The Angelica Library has about 180 000 volumes of manuscripts, which formerly belonged to the Augustinians. These works are important to understand the history of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation.

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National Library, Belarus

The National Library of Belarus is the main information and cultural centre of the country. It is a 236 feet high building in Minsk, Belarus. The building has 22 floors and was completed in January 2006. The building can seat about 2,000 readers and features a 500-seat conference hall.

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Library of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt

The Royal Library of Alexandria, or Ancient Library of Alexandria, in Alexandria, Egypt, was one of the largest libraries of the ancient world.

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Rijksmuseum Research Library, Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum Research Library is the largest public art history research library in the Netherlands. The library is part of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.

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National Library, France

The National Library in Paris is intended to be the repository of all that is published in France.

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New York Public Library, New York City

The New York Public Library is the second largest public library in the United States, after the Library of Congress.

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Villanueva Public Library, Villanueva, Colombia

The building has used local materials including timber and stones from rivers to reduce costs. Local people were trained to construct the building.

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Royal Portuguese Reading Room, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Constructed between 1880 and 1887, Rio de Janeiro's Royal Portuguese Reading Room houses the largest and most valuable collection of Portuguese literature.

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The Media Library and Cultural Centre, France

Designed by Barbotin + Gresham Architects, the Media Library and Cultural Centre is located in the French city of Lisses.

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Connemara Public Library, India

Established in 1890, the Connemara Public Library at Egmore in Chennai, is one of the four National Depository Libraries which receive a copy of all books, newspapers and periodicals published in India. 

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Los Angeles Central Library, California

With more than six million volumes, it is one of the largest publicly funded library systems in the world.

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Jose Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City's Vasconcelos Library is spread across an area of 409,000 sq ft.

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Stockholm Public Library

Stockholm Public Library designed by Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund, is one of the city's most notable buildings.

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Amsterdam Public Library


The Public Library in Amsterdam is a collective name for all public libraries in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The first library opened in 1919 at the Keizersgracht.

 

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Old Market Library, Min Buri, Bangkok

The Old Market Library in Min Buri has a unique design.

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Taipei Public Library, Beitou Branch

An eco-friendly library, it is located in Beitou district, northern Taipei, Taiwan.




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