20 Libraries So Beautiful They'll Bring Out the Bookworm in Everyone

We’ve catalogued cutting-edge and historic libraries, from Australia to Vienna.

Musashino Art University Museum and Library, Tokyo

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Presenting the most library-like library ever: Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto designed the Art University’s 26,900-square-foot space to be constructed from light-wood bookshelves walled in with glass. Even the stairs have built-in shelves, though they’re currently empty. Compared by Fujimoto to “a forest of books,” the building stands as a powerful visual testament to the bound book’s enduring power. The museum and library are open to visitors; hours vary.

20 Libraries So Beautiful They'll Bring Out the Bookworm in Everyone

Musashino Art University Museum and Library, Tokyo

Presenting the most library-like library ever: Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto designed the Art University’s 26,900-square-foot space to be constructed from light-wood bookshelves walled in with glass. Even the stairs have built-in shelves, though they’re currently empty. Compared by Fujimoto to “a forest of books,” the building stands as a powerful visual testament to the bound book’s enduring power. The museum and library are open to visitors; hours vary.

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