Digging around for a video for today’s post, I realized that it has been a while since we ran any “library porn.” The bold and daring architecture and design of modern libraries continues to fascinate. The investment of such effort and creativity seems to fly in the face of an era where so many municipalities are deciding against funding libraries.
There’s a clear statement being made here, a physical representation of the importance of the library to the community. I also suspect that the willingness to experiment reflects the uncertainty in the changing role of the library. Libraries are no longer primarily places where books are stored, but what exactly are they? Flexible spaces open new possibilities and new functions for the library, which leads us to the wonders in the videos below. It’s interesting that both claim to show the world’s 10 “coolest” libraries, yet there’s no overlap between the two lists. Clearly there are a lot of cool libraries out there.