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Five of the most striking university libraries you will ever see

Five of the most striking university libraries you will ever see

In an increasingly digital world, libraries are surplus to requirements, right? According to the Voices for the Library campaign, more than 10 per cent of the UK’s public libraries are currently at risk of closure by their local authority, and hundreds have been shut down in the past two years alone.

For universities, however, both modern and historic libraries are at the heart of campus life. A new book, Reflections: Libraries (published this month by ROADS Publishing), has collected 44 images of the most iconic library buildings, and it includes some inspiring photographs from some of the world’s best known higher education institutions.

From the cutting edge Law Library at the University of Zurich, opened in 2004, to the Trinity College Library in Dublin, which has been used by scholars since the 16th century, the images offer a glimpse into the world of university library design, and the many different forms that they can take.

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  • Libraries - the stuff of dreams....

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  • Elena Getalo

    Libraries are at risk of closure? In the case humanity is at risk of extinction!
    Alarming tendency …
    Print book is pressed by Internet resources. The button “download free” is always for “help”.
    Unfortunately, we all so busy now that do not have enough time just to live (but not rush) and very limited time possibilities to open e-book, imagine what to say about coming to the library…
    But I prefer a print book to e-one. E-book is some kind of lifeless.
    Only creative initiatives can heat interest and attract now people to the libraries.
    One example: contest “The best reading family!” One event is unlikely to change the situation, it is a drop in the ocean but still! http://www.kedradm.tomsk.ru/events-1717.html
    By the way, what to read at weekends!?

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