Libraries Around The World

lookbookThere are so many amazing, unique, and gorgeous libraries all over our beautiful world. Today I’ll highlight a selection of wonderful and culturally diverse libraries.

Stunning Literary Harbors from all around the World:

“Bristol Central Library” Englandbristol central libraryA historic building built in 1906 by Charles Holden, its design was influential in the development of Edwardian Free Style architecture.

“Central Public Library” Vancouver, Canadacentral public library vancouver canadaCentred on the block, the library is a nine-story rectangular box containing book stacks and services, surrounded by a free-standing, elliptical, colonnaded wall featuring reading and study areas that are accessed by bridges spanning skylit light wells. The library’s internal glass facade overlooks an enclosed concourse formed by a second elliptical wall that defines the east side of the site

“Baltimore George Peabody Library” Maryland
baltimore george peabody libraryThe 19th-century focused research library of The Johns Hopkins University. It is located in the Mount Vernon-Belvedere historic cultural neighborhood north of downtown across from the landmark Washington Monument. The collections are available for use by the general public, in keeping with the famous Baltimorean merchant/banker/financier/philanthropist George Peabody’s goal to create a library “for the free use of all persons who desire to consult it.

“Connemara Public Library” IndiaConnemara Public Library, IndiaConnemara as well, it’s just so gorgeous!Connemara Public Library, India2One of the four National Depository Libraries which receive a copy of all books, newspapers and periodicals published in India. Established in 1890, the library is a repository of centuries-old publications, wherein lie some of the most respected works and collections in the country. It also serves as a depository library for the UN.

“Stuttgart City Library” Germanystuttgart-city-library-interiorThe new 9-storey library building deliberately takes its cue from the block structure of the projected 7-storey buildings in the area, and rises up like a great crystalline cube within the grassed area at Mailänder Platz. The dimensioning and positioning, detached from their urban context, are a symbol of the significance of the library as a new intellectual and cultural centre.

“Real Gabinete Português de Leitura” Rio de Janeiro, BrazilReal Gabinete Português de LeituraThe Real Gabinete Portugues de Leitura, which roughly translates to royal reading room, was built in 1837. It houses more than 350,000 works from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, as well as a small collection of paintings and old coins.

“Taipei Public Library” Beitou BranchTaipei Public Library, Beitou BranchLocated within Beitou District, northern Taipei, Taiwan. It is a two-storey building and it is notable as being constructed to be an eco-friendly green building

“Biblioteca Vasconcelos” Mexico City
teechconsult-library-jose-vasconcelos-library-mexico-city-952x392Labeled by the press as the Megabiblioteca (“megalibrary”), is a library in the north area of Mexico City. The library is spread across 38,000 square metres (409,000 sq ft.)

“Villanueva Public Library” ColumbiaVillanueva Public LibrarA superb example of how local materials can be used to create sustainable and low maintenance buildings. Former guerrilla fighters from the area worked as part of a rehabilitation program on this 16,000 square foot public library, which is constructed out of locally-sourced river rocks and sustainably harvested pin.

“Kolonihavehus”
Tom Fruins outdoor sculpture  in the plaza of the Royal Danish LibraryTom Fruins outdoor sculpture_Kolonihavehus_in the plaza of the Royal Danish LibraryFruin’s sculpture is constructed of a thousand reclaimed pieces of plexiglass ranging in size from 2×2 to 24×36 inches. They originate from many sources, including a closed- down plexi distributorship near Copenhagen, a framing shop, the basement of the Danish State Art Workshops, and the dumpsters outside the Danish Architecture Center.

“Wall of Knowledge” Stockholm Public Library, Germany
wall of knowledge Stockholm public libraryDesigned for the International Competition of Architecture by students from the Architecture School of Paris La Siene. The Wall of Knowledge, the Stockholm Public Library concept won the Master Award for an award winning Architectural Image.

“National Library of Belarus” Minsk, BelarusOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe National Library of Belarus is the main information and cultural centre of the country. Its depository collections include 8 million items of various media. In 1993 the National Library of Belarus started to create its own electronic information resources. It has generated a collection of bibliographic, factual graphic, full-text, graphic, sound and language databases that comprise more than 2 million records. The scope of databases is quite wide: humanities, social sciences, history, art and culture of Belarus. Library users also have access to databases of other libraries and academic institutions, including foreign ones.

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Libraries Around The World

lookbookThere are so many amazing, unique, and gorgeous libraries all over our beautiful world. Today I’ll highlight a selection of wonderful and culturally diverse libraries:

Stunning Literary Harbors from all around the World!

“Bristol Central Library” Englandbristol central library“Central Public Library” Vancouver, Canadacentral public library vancouver canada
“Baltimore George Peabody Library” Maryland
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“Connemara Public Library” IndiaConnemara Public Library, IndiaConnemara as well, it’s just so gorgeous!Connemara Public Library, India2
“Stuttgart City Library” Germanystuttgart-city-library-interior

“Real Gabinete Português de Leitura” Rio de Janeiro, BrazilReal Gabinete Português de Leitura

“Taipei Public Library” Beitou BranchTaipei Public Library, Beitou Branch

“Biblioteca Vasconcelos” Mexico City
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“Villanueva Public Library” ColumbiaVillanueva Public Librar

“Kolonihavehus”
Tom Fruins outdoor sculpture  in the plaza of the Royal Danish LibraryTom Fruins outdoor sculpture_Kolonihavehus_in the plaza of the Royal Danish Library
“Wall of Knowledge” Stockholm Public Library, Germany
wall of knowledge Stockholm public library

“National Library of Belarus” Minsk, Belarus
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Enchanting Books

this1Among my favorite books you will find a similar theme; I love books that are enchanting. Books that are deep yet ethereal. So I made a list of these magical delights.

Here is my list of enchant worthy books:
(click any photo or title for more info.)

Beauty
This is a wonderful re-telling of the classic Beauty and The Beast by Robin McKinley. Beauty and The Beast is my favorite fairy tale story (go figure.) The tale itself is mysterious and beautiful. I love this adaptation, it captured the essence of Beauty and The Beast perfectly.
Rated: 4.6 on amazon.com
Book Bean: Matcha Green Tea
This book is less dark and eerie and more midsummer night dreamy.


The Gargoyle

I know I have mentioned this book before, but it’s my favorite so what can I say. This book by Andrew Davidson is so captivating and lovely. I read it and wanted to flip back to the front and start over. It was like a novel of pure poetry.
Rated: 4.3 on amazon.com
Book Bean: Cinnamon Dulce Mocha
Mocha with vanilla extract and sprinkled with cinnamon.


Sabriel
This is the first book in a series “The Abhorsen Trilogy” by Garth Nix. I loved this whole series. The world Garth Nix created IS so very enchanting. The writing was great, the story was enthralling, and reading it was blissful.
Rated: 4.7 on amazon.com
Book Bean: Dirty Chai
Either  a shot of espresso in your Chai or reverse it and
put a shot of  Chai in your black coffee.


The Chronicles of Narnia
Again yes I’ve mentioned these books before but I have to include them as an enchanting series. They are magical and delightful and I adore each book. When you read them you enter another world, from which you never want to return.
Rated: 4.7 on amazon.com
Book Bean: Peppermint Hot Cocoa
Add a little peppermint extract to your favorite cocoa or
use candies for sweeter twist.


The Secret Garden

I really love this story. It is very endearing and has great character development. It’s a story of self-discovery, friendship, and of making the best from hardships and adversity. I loved the message, it is one that has stayed with me through the years.
Rated: 4.6 on amazon.com
Book Bean:
Lavender tea with raw honey.
I love lavender tea and it is so good alone or with a drizzle of raw honey.

These books captivate me with an allure that make me want to read them again, just to experience the feeling and emotions time after time.

Have you read any of these? Share your thoughts.
What books captivate and enchant you?
 Fun Fact: “La Belle et la Bête” The traditional fairy tale was written by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont and published in 1756.

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