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The 10 Most Beautiful Libraries in the United States - Mental Floss

The 10 Most Beautiful Libraries in the United States - Mental Floss | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Jill Harness:

"We already looked at libraries in all the major continents, but there were so many great ones in the United States that the article featuring libraries in North America had to leave many beautiful buildings out. Now’s the time to share some of the stunning libraries that might not make it in the top 10 of North America, but definitely deserve your attention."

Read the full text here: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/148866#ixzz2AlsgqzQI


--brought to you by mental_floss!

 

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Could Libraries Become Precinct Hubs? - DesignBuild Source

Could Libraries Become Precinct Hubs? - DesignBuild Source | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"When considering the design and function of precinct developments, thoughts often naturally run to bars, cafés, sporting venues and theatres. While these spaces are important as community hubs, libraries are taking on a growing role in the world of architecture.
Library developments have gained prominence in recent months, with home developers and interior designers placing heavy importance on private libraries and commercial and government entities investing heavily in the development of public library spaces."


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7 of the coolest libraries in the world

7 of the coolest libraries in the world | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Introducing some of the most interesting places to read and roam.

 

"And yes, they do come with books. How cool can libraries be in an era of iPads and Kindles? Check out these seven libraries, graphically described, and the reasons why :

Central Library in Seattle

Trinity College Library in Dublin

UC San Diego's Geisel Library

TU Delft Library in the Netherlands

Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt

Stuttgart City Library

Bishan Public Library, Singapore"


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Beautiful Government Law Libraries

Beautiful Government Law Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

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"These are libraries maintained for the use of government lawmakers and staff at the national, state or local levels. Some are open to the public, others are reserved for lawmakers and their staff."


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Kenna Johnson's curator insight, March 6, 2014 1:18 AM

Besides the fact that these are designed for Gov, Officials, it doesn't really apply to government, but these are amazing! Take a look! It almost makes me want to be a government lawmaker. Almost.

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Designing Libraries - The Hive, Europe's first fully integrated and jointly-run university and public library

Designing Libraries - The Hive, Europe's first fully integrated and jointly-run university and public library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"On July 11, the Queen opened the new £60million library and history centre in Worcester, a joint venture between the University and the County Council to serve the county’s population of 550,000 residents and 10,000 students.

The landmark project, a decade in the planning and with a stunning visual impact on the cityscape, is the first such extensive collaboration outside the US.

The Hive brings together books, documents and archives from both organisations under one roof. It houses one of the largest children’s libraries in the country, affording the opportunity for children to grow up with the library, from infant to undergraduate.

Staff from both the public and university libraries will work side by side, trained to deliver an extended range of services to all users from a combined stock."


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Have a look at the future Kirkintilloch library

Have a look at the future Kirkintilloch library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
THIS is how Kirkintilloch’s popular library will look in three months time.

 

"The library area’s floor space will be reduced and a customer services zone created – including interview and meeting rooms, self-service computers, telephone and enquiry booths, and customer service pods.

The revamped library will feature a new children’s section, a cafe, a study group area and learning suite, free Internet access and a self-service point where users can check books in and out.

A central seating area, staffed desks, self-service payment kiosks and a multi-media display are also part of the plans."


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11 Fabulous Libraries in South America - Mental Floss

11 Fabulous Libraries in South America - Mental Floss | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Jill Harness:

"11 Fabulous Libraries in South America

Last week we toured some of Europe's most beautiful libraries. Now let's see what South America has to offer."

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Information Architecture: Designing Libraries in the Digital Age > e-Oculus

By Murrye Bernard, LEED AP

Event: Libraries: Between Digital and Physical Worlds
Location: Center for Architecture, 04.04.12

 

"Both architects and librarians must answer the question of how we can integrate information architecture with physical architecture, according to Tula Giannini, PhD., Dean and Professor, School of Information & Library Science, Pratt Institute, who considers herself a “digital scholar.” These days, everyone wants to capture information with their cameras and scanners, and she believes that libraries should support that creative process. Carol A. Mandel, Dean of the Division of Libraries, New York University, believes that ultimately, “a library is about connecting people with knowledge, and that’s what architects should design for, whether that means books or digital files.” All panelists agreed with Holl’s assessment that a library “doesn’t have to look like a library, but it should be an inspiring space.”

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Stuttgart City Library

Stuttgart City Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
This fabulous open-plan library, designed by Korean architect Eun Young Yi, is located in Stuttgart, Germany and counts a total of 11 floors.
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Cityscapes: Libraries of the future? With Chicago's new library ...

Cityscapes: Libraries of the future? With Chicago's new library ... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

BY BLAIR KAMIN:

"What should a 21st Century library look like? To ask that question is to conjure futuristic visions--of libraries that resemble sleek Apple stores; of librarians who stroll around their branches with computer tablets, and of robots ..."

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London super libraries defy public spending cuts

London super libraries defy public spending cuts | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Petter Lundsgren:

"As hundreds of libraries are threatened with closure across the UK, three new London super libraries buck the trend in time for National Libraries Day."

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