These Libraries Are Gorgeous Enough To Turn Anyone Into A Bookworm

The Library Of Birmingham



This public library opened in 2013. It cost an estimated $263 million to construct and holds several distinctions including the largest public library and 10th most popular tourist attraction in the United Kingdom. The postmodern building’s many features include rooftop gardens and a sunken amphitheater. The exterior is embellished with interlocking metal rings. In an interview with Dezeen, architect Francine Houben said “I didn’t want to make a brick building, because we needed a lot of light, but I didn’t want to make a glass building either. It’s so beautiful to sit inside because of the reflections and the shadows, and the changing of the weather. It’s different from December to June.”