6 of the most inspirational modern library buildings in the world

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Check out these cathedrals of education, arguably the world’s most sublime modern library buildings.

You could argue when it comes to a library, inspiration most importantly lies between the walls, rather than with the walls themselves.

But it’s no use having a building full of fantastic books if no one – or ebooks like the new Bexar County Library in San Antonio, Texas, which will be the USA’s first book-less public library – ever enters to read them. Check out these six cathedrals of education, arguably the world’s most sublime modern library buildings.

The featured image of the Geisel Library in California is by Ben Lunsford.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina – El Shtaby (Egypt)

Bibliotheca Alexandrina - Most inspirational libraries in the world
Photo courtesy of Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Bibliotheca Alexandrina - Most inspirational libraries in the world
Photo courtesy of Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Bibliotheca Alexandrina - Most inspirational libraries in the world
Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Photo by evefouche
Bibliotheca Alexandrina - Most inspirational libraries in the world
Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Photo by Carsten Whimster

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Seattle Central Library – Seattle (USA)

Seattle Central Library - Most inspirational libraries in the world
Photo courtesy of Seattle Central Library.
Seattle Central Library - Most inspirational libraries in the world
Photo courtesy of Seattle Central Library
Seattle Central Library - Most inspirational libraries in the world
Photo courtesy of The Seattle Public Library
Seattle Central Library - Most inspirational libraries in the world
Photo courtesy of Seattle Central Library
Seattle Central Library - Most inspirational libraries in the world
Photo courtesy of The Seattle Public Library
Seattle Central Library - Most inspirational libraries in the world
Photo courtesy of The Seattle Public Library

La bibliothèque Louis Nucéra (La Tête Carrée (Thinking inside the box)) – Nice (France)

Louis Nucera, Monaco - Most inspirational libraries in the world
Louis Nucera, Monaco. Photo by tofz4u
Louis Nucera, Monaco - Most inspirational libraries in the world
Louis Nucera, Monaco. Photo by Denis DAVID
Louis Nucera, Monaco - Most inspirational libraries in the world
Louis Nucera, Monaco. Photo by Ruediger Stolp
Louis Nucera, Monaco - Most inspirational libraries in the world
Louis Nucera, Monaco. Photo by dalbera

Geisel Library (University of California) – San Diego, USA)

Geisel Library, San Diego, USA - Most inspirational libraries in the world
Geisel Library, San Diego. Photo by Leandro’s World Tour
Geisel Library, San Diego, USA - Most inspirational libraries in the world
Geisel Library. Photo by Ben Garney
Geisel Library, San Diego, USA - Most inspirational libraries in the world
Geisel Library. Photo by Ray_from_LA

Kansas City Public Library Parking Garage – Kansas (USA)

Kansas City - Most inspirational libraries in the world
Kansas City. Photo by Mike Sinclair
Kansas City - Most inspirational libraries in the world
Kansas City. Photo by ChrisM70
Kansas City - Most inspirational libraries in the world
Kansas City. Photo by davidking

The National Library – Minsk (Belarus)

National Library of Belarus, Minsk - The most inspirational libraries in the world
National Library of Belarus, Minsk. Photo by Daniel Zollinger
The National Library Minsk - Most inspirational libraries in the world
The National Library Minsk. Photo by Inna_Zyu
The National Library Minsk - Most inspirational libraries in the world
The National Library Minsk. Photo by Tenisd
The National Library Minsk - Most inspirational libraries in the world
The National Library Minsk. Photo by D.Zhouk

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6 of the most inspirational modern library buildings in the world was last modified: April 11th, 2016 by Brett Ackroyd
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