CURATE // ART & DESIGN: Libraries around the World

Despite the fact that I’m currently an Austin Public Library fine delinquent, my love affair with libraries dies hard. I occasionally abuse our love by, say, waiting a good few months to return books, but there’s always a quiet, cool place of solitude and a seductively musty smell waiting.

The great thing is that public libraries are typically really beautiful spaces, whether historic (see: New York Public Library) or modern (see: this space in Norway). Recently, I found a Flavorwire list of the 25 Most Beautiful Public Libraries. My hometown of McAllen, TX (at the very tip of the state) made national news last year for renovating an old Wal-Mart into an airy community space.

Libraries are one of the rare spaces that make knowledge and culture an egalitarian endeavor by providing multimedia resources to whoever walks in the door. Here are some of our favorites from around the world…

1 // McAllen Public Library - McAllen, Texas

2 // Vennesla Library and Culture House - Vennesla, Norway

3 // Library of Alexandria- Alexandria, Egypt

4 // Bibliotheque Nationale de France - Paris, France

5 // New York Public Library - New York, NY

6 // Jose Vasconcelos Library - Mexico City, Mexico

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