Whether you are a book worm, a student of an online masters in library science, or a lover of architecture, there are some libraries around the world that are worth visiting during your travels. There are thousands of gorgeous traditional libraries, filled with classic literature, stunning art, and beautiful architecture. But, there has also been a rise in modern libraries such as those that feature modern designs, digital media labs, and online technologies. While very different, these are no less beautiful.
Here are six modern libraries from around the world that are worth a visit.
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Nam June Paik Library, South Korea
Nam June Paik library is named after the American Korean artist of the same name, who is known primarily as the founder of video art. The library is a modern great. Located within the Nam June Paik Art Center, the library, designed by Nahyun Hwang and David Eugin Moon strives to redefine the relationship between the information contained within and the user. The library features no traditional organization, aiming instead to promote “nonlinear and random access to information”. It’s like no library you’ve ever seen.
Surry Hills Library and Community Center, Australia
Surry Hills features a large, glass wall, with wood panel sides. It’s immediately striking and unique. Within the library you will find an extensive range of books, primarily specializing in fashion and design but also well known for its lesbian, gay, Bi-sexual and transgender section, which is one of the most extensive in the world.
Yale University Beinecke Rare Book Library, United States
Yale University is packed with gorgeous architecture, history, and library spaces. But, this one is a little different. The library is home to over 500,000 volumes of rare books and manuscripts. making it one of the world’s largest rare book libraries. If you are studying an online MMLIS degree, this one will definitely be of interest.
Black Diamond Library, Denmark
Black Diamond is a modern extension of the Royal Danish Library. When it opened in 1999, it was one of few such modern structures in the world and still looks fantastic today. Especially if seen from across Copenhagen’s waterfront.
Stuttgart City Library, Germany
Stuttgart City Library is a large cube. From the outside, it appears to be made up of many smaller cubes, all of which light up at night. Inside, the library follows the same cubic design, based on the design of an ancient pantheon, with a large square surrounded by shelves of books. The library is full of white space and a refreshing change from stuffy, more traditional libraries.
Ballyroan Library, Ireland
Dublin is well known for the Trinity Library. But, Ballyroan is equally worth seeing. The library features a digital media lab, training suite, exhibition space, lecture hall, and a large research room. There are also large seating and study areas.
These libraries are all unique, beautiful. and well worth a visit. You could easily lose hours exploring their books and features, so make sure you leave yourself plenty of time for your trip.