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Major Architectural Developments from around the world: Contemporary Built Environment

post updated 1 October 2021

Library Architecture Designs

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Library Building Designs.


We cover completed buildings, new building designs and architecture competitions across the world. The focus is on contemporary library buildings.

We have 3 pages of Library Architecture selections.

Library Buildings : news + key projects

Library Building Designs : A-K (this page)

Library Architecture : L-Z

New Library Building Designs

Key Library Building Projects, alphabetical:

Aarhus Library, Denmark
Design: schmidt hammer lassen architects
Aarhus Library Building Designs
picture from architect firm
Aarhus Library Building

Abbeyleix Library, Ireland
Design: DeBlacam & Meagher
Abbeyleix Library Building
photograph : Peter Cook
Abbeyleix Library

Avondale Heights Library, Melbourne
Design: H2o architects, Collingwood
Avondale Heights Library Building Designs
photograph : Trevor Mein – Mein Photo
Melbourne Library Building

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt
Design: Snohetta Architecture
Alexandria Library Building Designs
photo from Snøhetta Architects
Alexandria Library Building

Biblioteca a la placa Lesseps, Spain
Design: Josep Llinás, Architect
Lesseps Library Building Design
image © Adrian Welch
Lesseps Library building, Barcelona

Biblioteca Central UAEM, Morelos, Mexico
Design: REC Arquitectura Y Construccion
Biblioteca Central UAEM
image from architects
Biblioteca Central UAEM, Cuernavaca

Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France
Design: Dominique Perrault Architects
Bibliothèque Nationale François Mitterand
photograph © Georges Fessy / DPA / ADAGP
Bibliothèque Nationale François Mitterand

Birmingham Library : Architecture Contest
Design: Mecanoo Architecten
Birmingham Library Building Designs
picture from BQ
Birmingham Library building, UK

British Library building, London, UK
Design: Colin St John Wilson Architect
British Library
photo © Adrian Welch
British Library Building

City Library Helmond, The Netherlands
Design: Bolles+Wilson
City Library Helmond
picture : Christian Richters
City Library Helmond

Czech National Library, Czech Republic
Design: Future Systems Architects
Czech National Library
picture from architect
Czech National Library – design competition

Deichman Library, Norway
Atelier Oslo / LundHagem Architects
Deichman Library
Atelier Oslo Architects / LundHagem Architects
Deichman Library Architecture Competition

Enfield Town Library, London, England, UK
Shepheard Epstein Hunter
Enfield Library Building
photo : Peter Durant
Enfield Library Building

Fribourg Library Building, Switzerland
Atelier Kempe Thill
Fribourg Library
picture from architect
Fribourg Library Design

Halmstad Library, Sweden
schmidt hammer lassen
Halmstad Library Building
building image © Adam Mørk
Halmstad Library building

The Hive, Worcester, England
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Library Building Worcester
photo © Hufton & Crow
Library Building Worcester

Hockessin Public Library, Delaware, USA
Design: ikon.5 architects
Hockessin Public Library Building Designs
photo © James D’Addio
Hockessin Library Building

Hollola Library, Finland
Arkkitehdit NRT
Hollola Library Building Designs
image from architect
Hollola Library

John Rylands Library, Manchester, England
Basil Champneys Architect
John Rylands Manchester
building photo © Adrian Welch
John Rylands Library

José Vasconcelos Library, Mexico City
Pascal Arquitectos
Mexican Library Building
image from Pascal Arquitectos
Jose Vasconcelos Public Library design

King Abdulaziz Center, Saudi Arabia
King Abdulaziz Library
image : MIR
King Abdulaziz Library : design proposal

Kirkwood Public Library, Delaware, USA
Design: ikon.5 architects
Kirkwood Public Library
photo © James D’Addio
Kirkwood Library Building

More buildings + architecture projects online soon

Library Buildings – No Images

Key Library Architecture – A-K, alphabetical:

Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France
Henri Labrouste

Birchfield Library, Birmingham, England
Cottrell & Vermeulen Architects

Cambridge University Library, West Road, Cambridge, UK
Giles Gilbert Scott

Centennial Hills Library, Las Vegas, Nevada. USA
URS Corporation
Centennial Hills Library

Chongqing Library, Chongqing, China
Perkins Eastman

Fuencarral public library, Spain
Andrés Perea Ortega

Irvine Science Library, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

James Stirling Michael Wilford and Associates Ltd with IBI Group

More architecture projects online soon

Peckham Library : Stirling Prize winner 2000

Website: Advocates Library Edinburgh

National Library of Scotland building

Comments / photos for the Contemporary Library Architecture Designs page welcome