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Old March 7th, 2006, 04:41 AM   #1
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Library Pics

I didn't see any other threads on this so i went ahead... Post a picture (or 10) of your favorite library. I hope we can get some interesting pics here...

Anywho, my fav is Vancouver (suprise)















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Old March 7th, 2006, 07:13 AM   #2
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Hong Kong Central Library

The 12-storey high building occupies a gross area of 9,400 sq. metres and a floor area of 33,800 sq. metres. The construction cost is HK$690 million. It is the biggest library facility among the Hong Kong Public Libraries System.

The arch-shaped entrance at the front elevation of the Hong Kong Central Library represents the Gate to Knowledge, while the graphics in the shape of triangle, square and circle denote different meanings. The circle stands for the sky, the square for the land and the triangle for accumulation of knowledge.

With its commissioning in May 2001, the Hong Kong Central Library not only provides a full range of library facilities on a larger scale, but also provides comprehensive reference and information services to a fuller extent. Other major facilities include self-charging terminals, 24-hour bookdrop, information kiosks and Multimedia Information System.







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Old March 8th, 2006, 04:46 AM   #3
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^ Thats a very unique but nice library.

I forgot to post a picture of my neighborhood-branch library in Saskatoon, Canada. It's very very modest but I like the architecuture in it.







I don't have any interiour pics, but its really nice inside.
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Old March 8th, 2006, 01:36 PM   #4
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The Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt.
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Old March 8th, 2006, 10:35 PM   #5
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The NYPL tends to be one of the few to still be around in being built before 1900.

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Old March 9th, 2006, 05:54 AM   #6
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Old March 9th, 2006, 12:01 PM   #7
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Library of PETRONAS University of Technology - Tronoh, Perak



















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Old March 9th, 2006, 01:43 PM   #8
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Nazrey, i was just about to post this...hehe.
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Old March 9th, 2006, 07:47 PM   #9
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Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock; Arkansas (designed by Polshek)


















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Old March 21st, 2006, 10:12 AM   #10
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Katowice, The Library of Silesia





Traverse section


First level (underground) - restaurant, coffeshop and specials reading-room


Second level (exactlly first floor) - lending-library, info, computer catalogs, auditorium


Third level - main and newspapper reading-rooms


Fourth to seventh level - hands books magazins


Eighth level - the hearth of library, highlevel magazin, full automatic
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Old March 22nd, 2006, 04:06 AM   #11
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Old March 22nd, 2006, 06:59 AM   #12
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So they finally finished the renovations?

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Old March 25th, 2006, 11:48 PM   #13
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this is university of british columbia's new library which is not quite complete yet though

the irving k barber learning centre

the west facing side


the middle stone part is from the original library.. the north wing (left) is completed and they just finished tearing down the south wing (right)

the east facing side
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Old March 29th, 2006, 02:44 AM   #14
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Old April 3rd, 2006, 12:11 PM   #15
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Wow, some fantastic modern libraries here from around the world.

I thought I'd counter that with some beautiful historical ones in Europe.

Royal Library in El Escorial, Spain (Near Madrid)


Vatican Library, Rome


National Library of Austria, Vienna





and in complete contrast, the plan for the new wing extension:


Library of Admont, Austria


Library at Wiblingen, Ulm, Germany



library of Metten, Germany


Mazarine Library, Paris



Bodleian Library, Oxford, UK





Wren Library, Cambridge



John Rylands Library, Manchester, England



Trinity College Library, Dublin



National Library, Prague


Mafra Library, Portugal



These are just some of the grand old library's to be found in Europe. I'm sure some can post the striking new librarys of Europe as well.
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Old April 3rd, 2006, 01:04 PM   #16
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Old April 3rd, 2006, 05:31 PM   #17
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The Royal Lirary with The Black Diamond - Copenhagen

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The Black Diamond (Den Sorte Diamant)

Inside The Black Diamond
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Inside The Black Diamond
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The way in to the old library

Inside the old library

couldn't find any good pics of the old library...
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The Royal Lirary with The Black Diamond - Copenhagen

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The Black Diamond (Den Sorte Diamant)
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Inside The Black Diamond
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The way in to the old library

Inside the old library

couldn't find any good pics of the old library...
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Old April 3rd, 2006, 05:58 PM   #19
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Here are some shots of the Toronto Reference Library:







What a great idea for a thread! Some amazing libraries shown... my faves
are the old ones!
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Old April 4th, 2006, 04:40 AM   #20
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I love the details in the older ones. Great pics!
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