National Library Week isn’t until the end of the month, but we’ve decided to feature a blog celebrating libraries every Wednesday in April. After all, libraries & librarians are just too vital to be relegated to a single week!
How a society values an institution is often reflected in the grandeur of architecture… and so we kick off the series with a celebration of great library buildings….
Completed in 1911 — the Fifth Avenue main research branch of the New York Public Library, well known for its lions “Patience” and “Fortitude”, is a favorite of both tourists and native New Yorkers…..
And while NYPL’s Fifth Avenue Library designed by Carrère & Hastings reflects an early 20th Century ideal library, Seattle Public Library’s Central Library changed everything when it opened in 2004. Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas described his work as redefining libraries “as an information store where all potent forms of media, new and old, are presented equally and legibly.”
There are so many beautiful library spaces around the world — from Trinity College Old Library in Ireland…..