The Library of Babel

Written by A. Test I approach the Library of Babel from the north, via the leafy and picturesque squares of the old town quarter. Here, among grand mansions and townhouses, posh cafes and boutiques, and other notable buildings in several architectural styles, the Library occupies a corner lot. Built from light-coloured granite, it is a…

Stockholm City Library: An aesthetic experience

Written by Library Planet friend Alejandra Quiroz Hernández Maybe you have seen it illustrating articles about academic libraries or pretty much anything related to librarianship. The most recognized features are those curvy shelfs. Are you for real? A curved stack? What kind of geometric defiance is that? In the corner of Sveavägen and Odengatan, a…

Media Centre of Alte Kanti Aarau – the school library of Einstein

Written by Caroline Süess. For how to contribute to Library Planet look here: https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ You may never have heard of Aarau, but you surely know who Albert Einstein is From 1895-1896 Albert Einstein was a student at Alte Kanti Aarau, at that time the only grammar school in the Swiss canton of Aargau. At that time,there was obviously no such thing as a media centre the way we know it…

The Manchester Central Library – a community hub in neoclassical surroundings

Written by Concetta La Spada, library tourist from Cambridge For how to contribute to Library Planet look here:  https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ In early July, I visited Manchester for the CILIP Conference. I had never been to Manchester and, during my free time, I could visit this city of such important history for the UK. During the Industrial Revolution…