As we may appreciate, library buildings are nowadays as fascinating as their book collections. Often the appearance of a building outside gives us some insight of what to expect inside. What really makes a library building fascinating? The size of the building, the shape of the building, the age of the building? Perhaps the architecture of the building is groundbreaking, or perhaps it is simply a very expensive building!
Back in 2003 and again in 2006, during research work for the first and second edition of Library World Records, the author sent out e-mails to several Internet-based bulletin boards for librarians around the world, asking for a vote on the most fascinating library buildings in the world they had visited or seen at home or abroad. The categories voted for were:
1. 10 most fascinating national library buildings.
2. 10 most fascinating university library buildings.
3. 10 most fascinating public library buildings.
4. 10 most fascinating special library buildings.
The results for both the 2003 and 2006 votes on the most fascinating library buildings in the world, with photographs of all the winning library buildings voted for, were published respectively in the 1st and 2nd edition of Library World Records.
Now with a much bigger 3rd edition of Library World Records almost finished, it is time once again cast your vote. The results of this current survey on the most fascinating library buildings in the world, with photographs of all the winning library buildings voted, will be published in the forthcoming 3rd edition of Library World Records
To vote, go to
Your votes are very much appreciated.
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