Public libraries are often portrayed as large gray buildings that are duck and dusty book depository. However, there are some libraries that have been designed out of the norm. Such libraries have concert and exhibition halls, restaurants and cafes. It s a place where one wants to come back to over and over again; a real cultural center.
Amsterdam Public Library
It is located on the island of Oosterdok, near the train station. This is the largest library in the Netherlands. Has an area of 28 thousand m2, and the length of the shelves is 25 km. Contains the half a million books, periodicals, CD and DVD with a theater of 270 seats on the seventh floor. The library not only attracts fans of the books, but also tourists since it has a rooftop restaurant and terrace that have stunning views of the city.
Situated in Rome, this library has one of the greatest collections of rare books and manuscripts in the world. The collection of antique books that amount to 200,000 volumes are some of the outstanding works of 15-18 centuries. The library was named after Bishop Angelo Rocca who had the duty of taking care of the Vatican publishing house. On his own expense, he also established a library in 1604 that had more than 20,000 volumes of books.
The Central Library of Bristol
The Charles Holden project, this is a historical building that is in the southern part of the Green College territory. Constructed in 1906, its architectural design was influenced by the free style that was common in the era of Edward VII. It differed from the Victorian style that made use of light tones and small quantity of decorative elements. The library was included in the first category of the State list of buildings that have particular architectural designs and historical interests.
The Central Public Library in Vancouver
The library was built in May 1995. There were competitions held for designers who had to come up with the most interesting design. The separate elliptichnywall had colons that surrounded the rectangular building reminding one of the Rome colosseum. There are reading rooms and classrooms as well in the library. Cornelia Oberlander, the renown landscape designer, created on the roof, a green oasis which is not only useful from the ecology point of view but also serves as an example of decoration that is not too esthetic.
This is one of the biggest libraries in the country. Has all the books, newspapers and any other printing editions of the Hindustan. Founded in 1890 by the Governor of Madras, Lord Connemara, the library boasts a collection that is incredibly valuable. All the specimens are carefully draped in chiffon. It even received the UN status of a book depository.
New Alexandria Library
The former Alexandria library was burned down in the third century. This new library was designed by a Norwegian architect. Its design is more of a disk or a huge sundial. The construction cost a total of $200 million. A wonderful reincarnation of the former, ancient Alexandria library, this new library is really trying to keep the with the spirit of the ancient times when people would point out the safest way to the Pharos lighthouse where Cleopatra and Julius Caesar.
Royal Danish Library (Black Diamond)
This is one of the most important architectural symbols of Copenhagen. The library got the romantic name Black Diamond because of the black granite that has been imposed on the building. The clean lines and the bright polished surface add more to the library s aesthetics. The library has a coffee shop, bookshops, exhibition halls, a restaurant, research institutes and a concert hall that has a capacity of 600 seats and is located on the roof.
The Royal Portuguese Reading Room
The building was built in 1880-1887. Has the largest collection of valuable literary works outside of Portugal. Its incredible beauty and rich book collection can move instantly in a Rio de Janeiro 19th century atmosphere. Everything is computerized and so it is easy finding rare books of 16-18 centuries; thanks to the modern technology. The library attained the status of obligatory copy.
The Stuttgart City Library
The library opened its doors in October 2011 thus immediately attracting attention. The building is constructed in the form of a cube that has sides measuring 45 meters. It serves the purpose of resisting the virtual library in this digital age.
The Taipei Public Library
The library is located in Beitou Park near the hot springs. Constructed by the Taiwan company, Bio-Architecture Formosana, it is the very first Taiwan library that opened its doors in November 2006. The library completely conforms to all eco-friendly standards and requirements thus being the first energy saving and environment friendly building in East Asia.