Magnificent Libraries

Best Libraries From Around The World - The Admont The Business Insider magazine has a great article by Asta Thrastardottir featuring eighteen of the loveliest and most spectacular library buildings  in the world. Definitely worth seeing if you are visiting these parts of the world. To see them all

They say “from a library hidden in the forests of Beijing to one in Egypt that was designed like a sundial, these are the libraries that all book lovers should visit in their lifetime”.

Here’s just a couple of contrasting styles.

Number 1 is  The Admont Library in Admont, Austria. Located in the foothills of the Alps, this beautiful library is the second largest monastery library in the world. The library hall was designed in the late Baroque style by the architect Joseph Hueber in 1776 with a nearly 230-foot-long hall that contains 200,000 volumes. The ceilings were painted by Bartolomeo Altomonte and show the stages of human knowledge, up to the high point of DivineLibraries From Around The World - Sir Duncan Rice Library Revelation.

Number 14 is the Sir Duncan Rice Library in Aberdeen.

It’s the new library of the University of Aberdeen and incorporates 21st-century design, and has a huge spiraling atrium in its centre. The library gained a lot of attention for the range of sustainable features included in its design. The spiraling atrium lights up all eight floors — the building also has photovoltaic cells on its roof to convert the energy of light directly into electricity.




Coldplay treasure hunt for lyrics in libraries around the world

Mylo xylotoHave Coldplay hidden any lyric sheets in the ghost books/haunted tales we have in stock in Leeds Libraries?
The words to all nine songs on their new ‘Ghost Stories’ album, which will be released on 19th May, have been concealed in stories with haunted themes in books in  libraries around the world. The lyrics are all on hand written sheets by Chris Martin.

One lucky fan has already found the lyrics to ‘Magic’, the first and lead single from the album. Tweets about the treasure hunt started off with a library in Mexico City – “¡Ándale! ¡Ándale!” and sent Mexican fans racing to the English literature section of the city’s Vasconcelos library. There the lucky treasure hunter found Chris Martin’s lyrics in a translated copy of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’.

The rest of the eight sets of lyrics are in unnamed cities “across the planet”, from national capitals to a town of less than 100,000 people. One of the envelopes also includes a “golden ticket” – with a flight to see Coldplay perform at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 1 July. Clues to the whereabouts of the lyrics are available through the band’s twitter account #lyricshunt and fans will be encouraged to visit libraries to find them.