Rise of the Super Library

The BBC Radio 4 is airing a two part special about libraries titled, “Our Libraries: The Next Chapter”. Episode two of Our Libraries: The Next Chapter is on BBC Radio 4 at 11:00 BST on Wednesday 11th September. You can listen here.

According to a BBC architecture critic, there are 5 “super” library buildings around the world. I’ve been to one! Although, I must say I’m surprised Seattle trumped the Library of Congress.

The Buildings

1. Seattle Public Library, USA 2004
2. Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Mexico 2007
3. Kanazawa Umimirai, Japan 2011
4. Spijkenisse Book Mountain, Netherlands 2012
5. Library of Birmingham, UK 2013

Seattle Central Library

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