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

image: Sergio Gomez

image: Sergio Gomez

inFORM studio: Traverwood Library

image: Justin Maconochie

image: Justin Maconochie

HELEN & HARD: Vennesla Library

image: Emile Ashley

image: Emile Ashley

LOOK Architects: Bishan Public Library

image: Patrick Bingham-Hall

 image: Patrick Bingham-Hall

Frye Gillan Molinaro Architects: The Poplar Creek Public Library

image: Lambros Photography

image: Lambros Photography

Yi Architects: New Stuttgart Library

image: Stuttgart Library

image: Yi Architects

Li Xiaodong Atelier: Liyuan Library 

image: Li Xiaodong Atelier

image: Li Xiaodong Atelier

Coelacanth K&H Architects: Kanazawa Umimirai Library

image: Hirorinmasa @ Japanese Wikipedia

image: Satoshi Asakawa

FF Architekten: Bibliothek Luckenwalde Town Library

image: Andreas Meichsner

image: Andreas Meichsner

OMA: Seattle Central Library

image: Philippe Ruault

image: Philippe Ruault