This is a guest post from Antonina of OpenBuildings - a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of buildings from around the world, and very soon also – www.Clippings.com

In the age of rapid information technology development and the Internet, the library has inevitably lost some of its glamour, or at least, its granted presence within people’s lives and, thus – within cities and even campuses. Rising concerns over how to keep the young people there without driving away the so called Premium Age demographic group – made up of those 50 and over, have surely left their mark on the architecture of libraries. So what has been done, from an architectural point of view, to keep libraries alive and as meaningfully present in city life as ever?

Mazzanti & Arquitectos: España Library

Public Libraries Stepping into the Futureimage: Sergio Gomez

Public Libraries Stepping into the Futureimage: Sergio Gomez

inFORM studio: Traverwood Library

Public Libraries Stepping into the Futureimage: Justin Maconochie

Public Libraries Stepping into the Futureimage: Justin Maconochie

HELEN & HARD: Vennesla Library

Public Libraries Stepping into the Futureimage: Emile Ashley

Public Libraries Stepping into the Futureimage: Emile Ashley

LOOK Architects: Bishan Public Library

Public Libraries Stepping into the Futureimage: Patrick Bingham-Hall

Public Libraries Stepping into the Future image: Patrick Bingham-Hall

Frye Gillan Molinaro Architects: The Poplar Creek Public Library

Public Libraries Stepping into the Futureimage: Lambros Photography

Public Libraries Stepping into the Futureimage: Lambros Photography

Yi Architects: New Stuttgart Library

Public Libraries Stepping into the Futureimage: Stuttgart Library

Public Libraries Stepping into the Futureimage: Yi Architects

Li Xiaodong Atelier: Liyuan Library 

Public Libraries Stepping into the Futureimage: Li Xiaodong Atelier

Public Libraries Stepping into the Futureimage: Li Xiaodong Atelier

Coelacanth K&H Architects: Kanazawa Umimirai Library

Public Libraries Stepping into the Futureimage: Hirorinmasa @ Japanese Wikipedia

Public Libraries Stepping into the Futureimage: Satoshi Asakawa

FF Architekten: Bibliothek Luckenwalde Town Library

Public Libraries Stepping into the Futureimage: Andreas Meichsner

Public Libraries Stepping into the Futureimage: Andreas Meichsner

OMA: Seattle Central Library

Public Libraries Stepping into the Futureimage: Philippe Ruault

Public Libraries Stepping into the Futureimage: Philippe Ruault