Top 10 Libraries with State-of-the-Art Architectures and Designs

1.  Seattle Central Library




Seattle Central Library 362,987 sq. ft. with 11-floor building and an underground parking space for 143 vehicles has a glass skin and seems wrapped with steel net was Designed by LMN and OMA, this flagship library building is unique not just by its looks but by facilities such as IT and communication, safety and security, audio and visual consulting, etc. The library house 145,000000 books and materials with 400 computing facilities for public use. It was opened on 23rd May, 2004.

2.  TU Delft Library, Netherlands




The library of the Delft University of Technology is situated behind the famous university Aula, constructed in the year, 1997 and designed by Delft-based architecture. The roof of the library is covered with glass, on the top of the library is a steel cone and the walls are made with glass making the building well attractive. It has close to 200 working spaces, approximately 160 computers with other facilities. It has 867,000 books including hard copy and e-books,

3.  Belarus National Library




Belarus National Library was founded in 1922 and locates on the bank of the Slepyanka River with 22 floors, it was redesigned in 2006 by Mihail Vinogradov and Viktor Kramarenko, The shape represents the human knowledge. During the daytime the glasses reflect the sunlight and after sunset the glasses also contribute to the brightness of the building. It has the highest rated collection of Belarusian printed materials with(8,600,000) in figure.

4.  Royal Danish Library, Denmark




Royal Danish Library was opened in 1999 and Designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen, it is located along Copenhagen’s waterfront and Named the Black Diamond. It looks like a box by shape with a floating appearance having one glazed crevasse dividing the façade into two and another glazed crevasse running along the height of the building to give a panoramic view.

5.  Stuttgart City Library, Germany




Designed by Yi Architects and officially opened in 2011, it has a crystalline cube-shaped looking much compared like a Rubik’s Cube made with only blue and white color. The staircases are randomly placed such that they connect all the floors. the reading room look exactly like a pyramid shape having a glass ceiling above. Apart from the primary purpose of the building the structure also provides functional space for different events.

6.  Sendai Mediatheque, Japan




Sendai Mediatheque is a multipurpose building designed by Toyo Ito, opened in 2001 and located at the Matsushima Bay. It was covered with metal ribs and diaphanous glass panels for the purpose of light reflection during daytime and as lantern at night due to the internal lights energy of the glass. It is a media library with a rated collection books and the building is also referred to as an art gallery.

7.  Bibliotheca Alexandria, Egypt




Bibliotheca Alexandria Located at the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, It serves not only as a museum but also a library with a shelf space for 8 million books. It has and amazing architecture design with a 320 meter high above the reading rooms with the walls covered with Aswan granite while the roof is covered with glass panel like a sun-dial. It maintains an internet archive backup and operates on a print-on-demand basis with its users.

8.  Geisel Library, San Diego




The library was designed by William Pereira & Associates, it was giving out to the University of California to take charge in 1970 who later renovated it in 1993. It is a stepped tower of six floor building made of reinforced concrete with a glass skin sitting on top of a block-likes concrete structure.The library renders materials and services related to Sciences, Humanities, Engineering, Areas Studies and Arts along with other special collections and archives.

9.  Jose Vasconcelos Library in México City




The public library was opened in 2006 which was designed to represent modern culture that will not disagree with the nature which was designed and architects by Alberto Kalach and Juan Palomar. The library has a botanical garden with an array of Mexico endemic flora having its  structure made of steel, glass stands and concrete which was surrounded by water and greenery. It also houses a several great and famous sculptures.

10.  Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library




The Library was Opened in 1963 and Designed by Gordon Bunshaft.  It is a 7 floor constructed of marble, granite, bronze and glasses for the rotating glass door leading to the inside and tower of books rising through the downward of the building. It has two (2) staircases ascending to the level of the small floor between the main floors of the building that shows the rotating exhibits for the valuable collection of books.