5 Unique Libraries around the world

  1. Stuttgart City Library – Germany
Stuttgart City Library in Germany (Third party image source) 
Stuttgart City Library in Germany (Third party image source) 

 Where? Mailänder Platz 1, 70173 Stuttgart, Germany

The Stuttgart City Library is innovative.  The library is one of the most interesting buildings in the area. It was designed by Korean-born, Germany-based architect Yi Eun-young, the design of the cubic facility was inspired by the ancient Pantheon in Rome. It portrays a linear-shaped “heart,” which serves as a multi-story meeting space that draws natural sunlight through the roof. From outside, it’s a perfect cube with aligned walls. From inside, it’s pure white with sharp angles and a huge five-story atrium surrounded by Escher-esque stairs and rectangular furniture. The library often hosts events like book signings, readings, and exhibitions. It was opened in 2011 and since then, it has been known all over the world as one of the most beautiful libraries. The bright white interior makes all the focus fall onto the colourful books.

 

2. Trinity College Library – Dublin, Ireland

Trinity College Library (Third party image source)
Trinity College Library (Third party image source)
Where? College Green, Dublin 2; +353 1 8961127
The Trinity College Library in Dublin is the oldest library in Ireland and was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I. It has the largest single-chamber library in the world, also known as the Long Room, which contains more than 200,000 of the library’s oldest books. One of the most famous manuscripts is “The Book of Kells: Turning Darkness into Light,” which contains the four Gospels in Latin based on a Vulgate text, written on vellum which attracts more than 500,000 visitors every year. The Long Room houses one of the oldest harps in Ireland. Dating to the 15th century, the oak harp is the model for the emblem of Ireland.

 

3. The University of al-Qarawiyyin Library – Fez, Morocco

 

The University of al-Qarawiyyin Library (Third party image source)
The University of al-Qarawiyyin Library (Third party image source)

The University of al-Qarawiyyin Library in Fez is one of the oldest operating libraries in the world. It was founded by Fatima al-Fihri, in 859 C.E. Female architect Aziza Chaouni recently restored the space and opened it to the public unveiling ancient mosaics, solar panels, and a café.

 

4. Library of Celsus – Turkey

Library of Celsus (Third party image source)
Library of Celsus (Third party image source)

 

Where?   Acarlar Mahallesi, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey
It is an ancient Roman building in Turkey which was built in honour of the Roman Senator Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeneanus in 117 A.D. In an earthquake in 262 AD, the interiors were destroyed. A set of Corinthian columns stands exactly above the first set, adding to the height of the building. It is one of the beautiful structures in Ephesus.
 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Vasconcelos Library – Mexico

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Where? Eje 1 Norte Mosqueta S/N, Buenavista, 06350 Cuauhtemoc, CDMX, Mexico

The Vasconcelos Library or “mega-library” in Mexico City is 409,000 square feet of biblio-power.Mexico City’s 409,000-square-foot Vasconcelos Library is known as the Megabiblioteca (mega-library), making it sound as much like Godzilla’s arch nemesis as a haven for bibliophiles. Alberto Kalach, who designed the building after winning Mexico’s first international architecture competition in more than a century, created a space that appears to have been taken straight out of a Matrix-inspired dream—with books on crystal shelves that seem to be suspended in mid-air, huge industrial steel fittings, and five grid-like levels with turquoise-tinted glass floors. The 500,000 volumes overlook an open courtyard featuring enormous striped whale bones floating from the ceiling. Of course. The whole shebang is surrounded by a massive botanical garden.

 

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