The science fiction website io9 recently ran a post declaring that new libraries increasingly resemble “alien spaceships”. It’s fascinating to see how many wonderful new libraries have opened since the turn of the century, and that the library seems a focus for daring, experimental architecture.

What better place to start than the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (2010), an attempt to recapture something of the most famous library of all.

Biblioteca Parque España, Medellín, Colombia (2007)

Biblioteca José Vasconcelos, Mexico City, Mexico (2006)

Liyuan Library, Beijing, China (2011)

Vennesla Library and Culture House, Vennesla, Norway (2011)

Umimirai Library, Kanazawa, Japan (2011)

Stuttgart City Library, Stuttgart, Germany (2011)

Aberdeen University Library, Aberdeen, Scotland (2012)


David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He serves on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.


3 Thoughts on "A New Century of Libraries"

There’s a lot of empty space in those libraries–you could cram way more books in there.

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