Tag Archives: public library

Competition: National Central Library Southern Branch, Taiwan

(17 July 2018) Taiwan’s National Central Library has launched an open international contest to design a £62 million southern branch near Tainan. The single-stage competition will select an ‘iconic’ design for a landmark 51,000m2 National Central Library and National Repository Library in Xinying District around 37km north of Tainan City. The ambitious project will transform […]


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New American Center opens in Yangon

(23 March 2018)  The new American Center opened on Wednesday at the corner of Inya Road and University Avenue in Yangon, the US Embassy announced. The new centre ‘represents the largest single financial commitment’ by the US government in an American Center anywhere in the world, the embassy statement said. The library is open to […]


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Entries for IFLA/Systematic Public Library of the Year now open

(1 March 2018) Entries are now open for the IFLA/Systematic Public Library of the Year Award. First offered in 2014, the Award is a wonderful opportunity to showcase new public library buildings and associated programs, and consider their impact on the community. The award is presented to a library anywhere in the world that best […]


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Library in China offers ‘blind dates’ with books

(13 December 2017) Librairie Avant-Garde in Nanjing provides ‘blind dates’ with books for readers looking for something unexpected, Yang Yang reports. Life is like a box of chocolates, so they say, or perhaps a box of books sent from Librairie Avant-Garde in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. “Just leave us a message, whatever you want to say, […]


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Nation’s first international-standard library complex opens in Hanoi

(20 November 2017) The 240 square meters-complex provides about 2,000 books in the Vietnamese, Korean and English languages. It was designed as a “tree of wishes” to attract children to a wide range of cultural activities, such as traditional instrument playing and film screens. “The co-operation between National Library of Vietnam and the Korean International […]


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A library built with love

(10 November 2017) During a visit to the Anning Children’s Home in Ipoh, Malaysia, about eight years ago, former SMJK Pei Yuan principal Mok Soon Sang was dismayed that its “mini library” was severely wanting. Mok, 75, noted that there were insufficient reading materials and it was also not well equipped. Wanting to encourage the […]


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MVRDV completes Tianjin Binhai Public Library

(2 November 2017) MVRDV in collaboration with local architects TUPDI has completed the Tianjin Binhai Library, a 33,700m2 cultural centre featuring a luminous spherical auditorium around which floor-to-ceiling bookcases cascade. The undulating bookshelf is the building’s main spatial device, and is used both to frame the space and to create stairs, seating, the layered ceiling […]


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Check out this incredible giant library that just opened in Seoul

(12 June 2017) The largest underground shopping center in Asia, COEX Mall, can now boast a library filled with over 50,000 titles to its name. Occupying a whopping 2800 square-meters in size, the brightly lit two-storey athenaeum has rightly been named Starfield Library after long being referred to as the Open Library. Operated by a […]


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Groundbreaking at Tainan Public Library

(2 June 2017, Delft)  A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Tainan Public Library in Taiwan was held on Friday, May 26, 2017. The library, designed by Mecanoo architecten in partnership with Kaohsiung-based MAYU architects+, will be built by Fu Tsu Construction and is due in 2019. The illustrated announcement is here.


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Look inside Bangkok’s first 24-hour library opening soon

(30 March 2017, Bangkok) Located in a four-story art deco building with nearly 5,000 square meters, the Bangkok City Library will finally open to public on April 7. The library is expected to be home to more than 20,000 books in Thai and foreign languages, including a Braille section. Membership is 50 baht for adults […]


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Classic library in Shanghai restored to its former glory

(4 February 2017) Restoration of the former Shanghai Library in Yangpu District has been completed. Officials said yesterday that expansion work would continue to realize the original vision of its architect Dong Dayou (1899-1973). The exterior of the 80-year-old library on Heishan Road was damaged by decades of weathering and has now been cleaned and […]


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Ambitious library to carry Bangkok’s literary ambitions

(4 February 2017) Inspired by the late King  Bhumipol Adulyadej,  a grand Bangkok project aims to inspire a new generation of bookworms Work is being carried out quickly on the “Bangkok City Library” with the hope that the library can open in March 2017. Located at Kok Wua intersection at Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue the four […]


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Red Market Library offers 24-hour service on a trial basis the whole year

(7 October 2016) The Red Market Library, under the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC), offers 24-hour service on a trial basis from 7 October. During the trial operation, residents can access the Library by scanning the Macao SAR Resident Identity Cards or Non-resident Worker’s Identification Cards on the self-registration system at the entrance daily from 8pm […]


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Japan Culture House opens in Myanmar

(5 September 2016) Most foreign culture centres around Yangon are found in villas or large houses, with security guards and guest to greet visitors. The Japan Culture House, which opened to the public on August 31, is in a small house in Bahan township, decorated with traditional Japanese tatami mats where guests can nap, recline, […]


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nArchitects wins Shanghai competition with home-inspired library

(28 July 2016) nARCHITECTS has won the 1st prize in the 2016 International Young Architects Design Competition for the 110,000m2 Shanghai Library East Hall. The competition, held by the Shanghai Pudong New Area People’s Government, attracted over 200 entries. nARCHITECTS’ winning entry, entitled “Library as Home”, envisions a library as a large house for all, with a rich […]


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