Futuristic Library

Futuristic library

I love the photos of this library.  My first thought was of benches in the library.  They are beautiful, but, I have a feeling it would be like the locker room in the gym.  Someone would be sitting on the bench right where the book you need is shelved, just like people in the locker room sitting in front of the locker where you put your belongings.

The original article is linked above.  A lot of the comments went way off topic, so I didn’t include those.

Photos of the New Futuristic Library in China with 1.2 Million Books

China recently opened a new futuristic library that contains a staggering 1.2 million books. If you enjoy architectural photography, Dutch photographer Ossip van Duivenbode‘s images of the library will be a feast for your eyes.

The new Tianjin Binhai Library in Tianjin, China, was designed by the Dutch architectural firm MVRDV to look like a giant eye.

The five-story, 360,000-square-foot library features shelves spanning from the floor to ceiling — many of the shelves double as stairs and seats in the beautifully designed space.

The “books” above the actual bookshelves are actually painted onto the building to look like full shelves that continue up to the ceiling (creating the floor-to-ceiling illusion).

The Tianjin Binhai Library was built in just 3 years and opened to the public on October 1st, 2017.


Using the library

“Do you use your library for anything other than checking out books?”

I love going to the main library.  There is always something going on.  They have movies and lectures scheduled frequently.  I look through the stacks because there are so many books in the big library.  I sit and read where it’s quiet and others are like-minded.  I have taken chess classes there, but my schedule doesn’t work with the days of the classes anymore.

I love taking public transportation there.  There is never parking at the main library, and public transportation provides a show, usually.

They have a free impromptu show going on constantly with a changing cast – the homeless and general crazies who come in out of the cold and wind, and sometimes the heat.   The bathroom, especially, is entertaining.  Someone is always having a conversation there, usually with herself.

I love the used book sales.  I have volunteered for the big one.  I plan on volunteering again sometime.  I just can’t commit to regular days or times.

I tend to use my local library to pick up holds.  I look online for what I want and then request that it be sent to my local library.  I still browse through the books, to see if there’s anything wonderful I am missing.  I rarely leave empty handed.

Library trip

I went to the library to return books, and ended up at the book sale, again. $1 books. I got to the end of the frequent buyer’s card, so I got $5 off.

I found books that were part of series that I had. And some that were part of series that my daughter had.

I got some books that are part 3 and I don’t have 1 or 2. I’ll find them eventually.

So far, only one unintentional duplication. The rest are added to the book stack.