A library is not just a collection of books, but also the buildings that house them.
As varied and inventive as the volumes they hold, such buildings can be
much more than the dusty, dark wooden shelves found in mystery stories
or the catacombs of stacks in the basements of academia. Architectural
historian James Campbell and photographer Will Pryce traveled the globe
together, visiting and documenting over eighty libraries that exemplify
the many different approaches to thinking about and designing libraries.
The result of their travels, The Library: A World History
is one of the first books to tell the story of library architecture
around the world and through time in a single volume, from ancient
Mesopotamia to modern China and from the beginnings of writing to the
As these beautiful and striking photos reveal, each age and culture has
reinvented the library, molding it to reflect their priorities and
preoccupations - and in turn mirroring the history of civilization
itself. (Yahoo News)