Location: Admont, Austria
Architect: Josef Hueber
The library's ceiling frescoes were inspired by the Englightenment.
Location: Free University of Berlin, Germany
Architect: Foster + Partners
Nicknamed "The Berlin Brain," the library's four stories are contained within a bubble-like enclosure.
Location: Jiaojiehe, Beijing, China
Architect: Li Xiaodong Atelier
The library's windows are covered in untreated twigs, which tempers the light and allows for more comfortable reading.
Location: Emden, Germany
Architect: Jochen Bunse
The modern library was built in the 1990s within the walls of the original space, a late-Gothic Great church that was severely damaged by bombs during World War II.
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Architect: Yi Architects
The minimalist library has a gray concrete and frosted glass exterior with a bright, spacious interior where people and books provide the color.
Location: Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Architect: Herzog & de Meuron
TEA's modern lighting features that contrast with the dark concrete, which is a nod to Tenerife's volcanic rock.
Location: Spijkenisse, The Netherlands
At the apex of the library's glass and timber pyramidis a reading room and cafe with a 360-degree view of the area.
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Architect: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
The Black Diamond, whose name comes from its polished black granite exterior, also houses two museums and a concert hall.
Location: St. Gallen, Switzerland
Architect: Peter Thumb
The abbey became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983, and its library is a mix of wood, stucco, and frescoes.
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Architect: Alberto Kalach
The narrow building's interior is a network of stacks confined in a glass case.
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