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5 novel libraries

The James B. Hunt Jr. Library.

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The James B. Hunt Jr. Library.

1

BALLARD BRANCH

Seattle Public Library
Washington

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The environment is key here, notably a green roof, recycled materials, covered porch,
sloping angles for indirect light, and climate-controlled computer-generated artwork. www.spl.org/locations/ballard-branch

2

JAMES B. HUNT JR. LIBRARY

North Carolina State
University, Raleigh

From its sleek exterior (pictured) to its contemporary, colorful furniture, this recently completed university library, open to the public, focuses on the future, including virtual shelves that rely on robots to deliver the reading material. www.lib.ncsu.edu/huntlibrary

3

SALT LAKE CITY MAIN LIBRARY

Utah

Designed by Somerville-based architect Moshe Safdie, the light-filled, six-story soaring space invites the public to gather in its writing center, shops, and cafe, as well as take in the view from the rooftop garden. www.slcpl.org

4

GEISEL LIBRARY

University of California
San Diego

Designed in the late 1960s and open to the public, the main library on campus remains a bold architectural landmark. Later renamed in honor of benefactors Audrey and Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, the building’s fantastical appearance seems prescient.
www.libraries.ucsd.edu

5

CENTRAL LIBRARY

Denver Public Library
Colorado

Postmodern populist architect Michael Graves brought a new scale and sweep to the downtown Civic Center neighborhood with a modern design that includes pastel interiors and a series of rotundas. www.denverlibrary.org

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