Central Library of Vancouver Among Most Beautiful Libraries in the World

Dec 19 2017, 11:26 am

In a city that has few architectural gems, the Central Library (Library Square) is one of Vancouver’s few gleaming gems – and the world has noticed. 

The Vancouver Colosseum-inspired building was designed by world renowned architect Moshe Safdie. It combines the old with the new and is the only library in Canada to be ranked as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.

Here is what Travel + Leisure had to say about the Central Library:

Architect Moshe Safdie’s creation resembles a modern-day Colosseum. You enter the Central Library through a huge skylit concourse, which contains shops and cafés and acts as an urban gathering point. Bridges inside the library connect to reading and study areas in the outer walls. Plans are under way to reclaim two of the building’s top floors from other tenants in order to expand the rooftop garden and make it accessible to the public. Open seven days a week

20 Most Beautiful Libraries in the World

  1. George Peabody Library, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
  2. The Royal Library Copenhagen, Denmark
  3. Clementinum, Prague
  4. Royal Portuguese Reading Room, Rio de Janeiro
  5. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  6. Central Library of Vancouver, Canada
  7. Musashino Art University Museum and Library, Tokyo
  8. New York Public Library (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building)
  9. Marciana Library, Venice
  10. Trinity College Old Library, Dublin
  11. Stuttgart City Library, Germany
  12. Library of Birmingham, England
  13. Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt
  14. Coimbra Library, University of Coimbra–Alta and Sofia, Portugal
  15. Bodleian Library, Oxford University, England
  16. Seattle Public Library’s Central Library
  17. Connemara Public Library, Chennai, India
  18. Austrian National Library, Vienna
  19. Mortlock Wing State Library, Adelaide, Australia
  20. Beitou Branch of the Taipei Public Library, Taiwan

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