May 22, 2022

Library Architecture: “Rise of the Super Library”

The BBC architecture critic points out five “super” library buildings located around the world.

The Five 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

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Listen Online

The BBC Radio 4 is airing a two part special about libraries titled, “Our Libraries: The Next Chapter”. Listen here.

See Also: Roundup: UK: Birmingham’s New Central Library (Largest Public Lending Library in Europe) Opens

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.