House of Wisdom
The new library and culture centre in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
New Range of Children's Furniture
WF Education has expanded its range with the launch, in March 2022, of new modular children and young people’s library furniture.
IFLA Library of the Year Award
Applications are invited for the 2022 International Federation of Public Library Associations’ Library of the Year Award, sponsored by Systematic
Architectural Recycling
A new library in an old building in Belper, Derbyshire is one of eight projects shortlisted for the RIBA East Midlands Award 2022
Not all listed buildings are centuries old and Hornsey Library, built in 1965, is one of the younger examples.
Meeting spaces in libraries
Bristol is among several library authorities that have recently installed private meeting pods in libraries.
Discover a wonderland
The new children's library for Gütersloh City Library in North Rhine-Westphalia is a wonderland behind the shelves and a step towards a repositioning of the historic library for the 21st century.
Berlin's library and testimony archive
The new Documentation Centre for Displacement, Expulsion, Reconciliation situated in the middle of Berlin is a visible symbol for the memory and commemoration of displacement, expulsion and forced migration in both the past and present.
The restoration of Norbury Library
Part of Croydon Council's Library Transformation Programme, this 1930s locally listed library has been beautifully restored by Bisset Adams.
A natural library
Zheshui Natural Library, which is integrated into the natural landscape, has won the annual Design Educates Award for architectural design.
Designing a new heart for a small city
Kirkkonummi is a small town near Helsinki built around its medieval stone church. JKMM Architects has transformed the old city library facing the church to create a new civic centre.
Doncaster's new library opens virtually
Doncaster's new Danum Gallery, Library and Museum (DGLAM) has opened a virtual tour for visitors. It can be accessed from the link on this page.
The Nest in Bexley
Construction of 'The Nest' is currently underway as part of the major redevelopment of the former Tavey Bridge residential area.
New school library in an apple orchard
The London office of architects Woods Bagot has just completed the new library for St Mary's Calne School, incorporating the adjacent apple orchard.
Library, whale or ocean liner?
Pinghe Bibliotheater is a combined library and theatre designed by Open Architecture for an international school in Shanghai.
Sunderland's Culture House
In October 2020, Sunderland City Council published the Riverside Sunderland Masterplan, which sets out a strategy for the regeneration of a large site in the city centre.
The living room behind the bookshelves
The two storey glass façade of the public library in Dornbirn, Austria, is covered by a curtain layer containing 8,000 ceramic batons symbolising bookshelves.
Lüdinghausen: small but beautiful
In the small town of Lüdinghausen, after ten months of renovation and a complete refurbishment, an ultra-modern and attractive library has been created.
Designed to inspire
The Lammhults Design Group has this year completed two inspirational library interiors with their usual flair for contemporary library design.
Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library
Adjaye Associates has published its designs for the Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library which includes a new learning centre, museum, gallery and events spaces.
Winning proposal for Ibsen Library
Kengo Kuma & Associates' design proposal has been selected for the new Ibsen Library in Skien, Norway, Henrik Ibsen's birthplace.
A bookshop in a paddy field
Architects TAO-Trace have created a bookshop from an abandoned house with three surviving rammed-earth walls in the village of Xiadi, in the Chinese province of Fujian.
A library in rural Nepal
Following a period of voluntary work in the mountain region of Rasuwa in Nepal, a new library for children has now opened.
The hospitable library of the future
Huis van Eemnes (The Netherlands) is a new culture house. It is an inspiring third place to meet, create and participate, where both organised and spontaneous activities take place.
Optimising learning space
Birmingham City University (BCU) makes the most of agile and flexible working with LapSafe's largest installation of their self-service laptop loan lockers.
The concrete wormhole library
MAD Architects have released images of the concrete library under construction in the coastal Hainan Province of China.
Designing the online experience
How can a library catalogue online be designed differently? How do you build different ways of accessing the collection both for online and onsite experiences?
BRAINSTORM will light up Bjørvika in Oslo
The artwork BRAINSTORM by Lars Ramberg has taken three years to produce. The result is a gigantic piece of conceptual art, comprising over 400 metres of handmade glass tubing in yellow and white.
The safe reopening of libraries
As libraries move towards reopening, where can we turn to for information and guidance on safe opening for both users and staff, when business as usual is not an option?