• Library Buildings in Europe

  • The Library Buildings in Europe website records  examples of good and interesting library buildings throughout Europe; it is a benchmarking tool for all those involved in new or refurbished library building projects including librarians, architects or any other professionals.

    The aim is to inspire and support anyone working on a library building project – a new building, an extension, a renovation, or a reworking of interior spaces. The wide variety of case studies will enable those involved in such projects to pick up on new trends, to share knowledge and experience, and to learn from, and make contact with, each other.

    Members of the LIBER Architecture Group (LIBER LAG) are delighted to offer this project as a tool to stimulate innovative ideas and new approaches to transforming the library model in the 21st century.

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    The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Aberdeen

    Located in the north-east of Scotland, The University of Aberdeen was established in 1495 and its library holds over a million books including significant special collections.  The 15,500 m² spectacular new Sir Duncan Rice Library designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen officially opened in 2012 and provides an advanced 21st century learning and research environment employing the latest technology.  At the heart of the library a spiralling skewed atrium connecting all eight storeys rises up from a double-height entrance area; the dramatic interior contrasts with the clean-cut exterior profile. The library is designed with sustainability in mind and has been certified BREEAM Excellent. Consisting of an irregular pattern of insulated panels and high-performance glazing, the façade not only allows plenty of daylight to penetrate into the building but also offers great views over the city of Aberdeen.  The goal set out in the competition brief was to create a magnificent academic library for science and research which would also serve as a meeting place and a cultural centre for the students and staff of the University and also for the local community.

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