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British Museum Reading Room

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This is an absolutely AMAZING picture. If you open the link, you can zoom in and out.

The British Museum Reading Room, situated in the centre of the Great Court of the British Museum, used to be the main reading room of the British Library. In 1997 this function moved to the new British Library building at St Pancras, London, but the Reading Room remains in its original form.

The Reading Room stands in the centre of the Great Court, which now has a glass roof.

Three libraries from wikipedia

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Malmö City Library, Sweden

A modern-style library in Chambéry

The Geisel Library at UCSD, with its unique architecture, is a San Diego landmark

Bodleian Library

The Bodleian Library is the main research library of the University of Oxford. It is also a copyright deposit library and its collections are used by scholars from around the world. The buildings within the central site include Duke Humfrey's Library above the Divinity School, the Old Schools Quadrangle with its Great Gate and Tower, the Radcliffe Camera, Britain’s first circular library, and the Clarendon Building. In addition, the Bodleian consists of nine other libraries, in separate locations in Oxford: the Bodleian Japanese Library, the Bodleian Law Library, the Hooke Library, the Indian Institute Library, the Oriental Institute Library, the Philosophy Library, the Radcliffe Science Library, the Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House and the Vere Harmsworth Library.

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Boston Public Library

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The Boston Public Library's McKim building with the campanile of Old South Church to the right.

The Boston Public Library is the largest municipal public library in the United States and was established in 1848. It was the first publicly supported municipal library in the United States and the first public library to allow people to borrow books and other materials. The Boston Public Library is also the library of last recourse of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; all adult residents of the state are entitled to borrowing and research privileges, and the library receives state funding.

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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is the public library system in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Its main branch is located in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, and it has 19 branch locations throughout the city. Like hundreds of other Carnegie libraries, the construction of the main library, which opened in 1895, was funded by industrialist Andrew Carnegie.

Cerritos 2002 Library

Cerritos 2002 Library - CWA began working with the City of Cerritos in 1984 on the Cerritos Library. The project was completed in 1987 and won numerous design awards including AIA and ALA Awards. Cerritos then asked CWA to design a Sheriff’s Facility in the Civic Center adjacent t the New Library. This was completed in 1998. The City then asked CWA to remodel the Library for a second time. This Library is now nearing completion. The project is the first experience library. Traditional library service is being rethought in this landmark project. The Library is a 90,000 sq ft concrete and titanium clad structure.

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El Escorial Library in Madrid

Seattle Library of Progression

Today America’s roughly 16,500 library outlets outnumber McDonald’s, and thanks in part to new and expanded facilities built to serve burgeoning suburban and Sunbelt populations, materials circulation and library visits are up sharply per capita since 1990. Indeed, the Internet boom notwithstanding, the past 15 years have been something like a golden age for new library construction, with a number of cities and suburban communities building modern new libraries, some of them designed by such big-name architects as Koolhaas (Seattle), Michael Graves (Denver) and Moshe Safdie (Vancouver). This is nothing new; people have always regarded libraries as important public buildings whose appearance ought to embody community aspirations. That aspect of library purpose emerged plainly a century ago, when Carnegie was funding libraries. American libraries have always made architectural statements.

The Library of Trinity College

The Old Library
The Book of Kells is by far the Library's most famous book and is located in the Old Library. Together with the Long Room, the Old Library is one of Ireland's biggest tourist attractions. Though the Book of Kells has been exhibited in other locations, damage caused on a loan in 2000 to an Australian institution has led to a policy of never allowing the book to leave Trinity again.

The Long Room
The main chamber of the Old Library, the Long Room, is nearly 65 metres in length, and houses around 200,000 of the Library's oldest books. When built, it had a flat plaster ceiling, with shelves for books on the lower level only, and an open gallery. By the 1850s these shelves had become completely full. In 1860 the roof was raised according to plans by the architects Deane and Woodward, to allow the construction of the present barrel-vaulted ceiling and gallery bookcases.

The Royal Library of Denmark

The Royal Library dates from 1906 and in 1999 it was extended. The large new extension, the Black Diamond, has greatly increased and differentiated the library's study facilities and furthermore, it is a significant architectural element of the Copenhagen waterfront: the bright, black façade of the building contrasts with its light interior. Research institutions are located in the lower building to the right, closeness to the library offering great practical advantages for them.

NOW, scroll down for a look at the interior!!!!

BTW, I first heard of this in an abstract of article about “Minimalism in Modern Library Architecture.” It made the comment “Minimalism in library architecture reveals the changed conception of modern library as well.” What do you think?



> British Museum Reading Room
> Three libraries from wikipedia
> Bodleian Library
> Boston Public Library
> Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
> Cerritos 2002 Library
> El Escorial Library in Madrid
> Seattle Library of Progression
> The Library of Trinity College
> The Royal Library of Denmark