Oooooh yeah. It’s time to talk about some gorgeous pieces of… property. Here are the most marvelous U.S. libraries you’ll stumble on, if reading is your thing. And we hope it is so that you’ll read this article and others on FunnyGov.com.
Homer Public Library
Winner of the 2007 Honor Award, AIA Alaska Chapter, this facility boasts an innovative modern design. It’s huge windows, spanning nearly all the way from floor to ceiling, make it easy to find yourself staring at the luscious Alaskan scenery all day.
Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library
Leave it to our should-have-been 45th U.S. President to create a stunning facility like this. Am I right? #imstillwithher
It was so heralded that it earned a 2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Award for its impeccable floor to ceiling windows (yes, floor to ceiling is something I picked up from HGTV).
Chicago Public Library’s Chinatown branch
You’re looking at the winner of the 2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Award. Not only is this Chicago library absolutely stunning, thanks to its interior colors and sleek outdoor design, but it’s conveniently located in Chinatown.
Lawrence Public Library
Winner of the 2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Award, this marvelous facility has become the crown jewel of Lawrence, Kansas. It’s mixture of wood, glass, and concrete elements was the brainchild of renowned architecture firm, Gould Evans.
Gould Evans has built many fantastic structures throughout the Midwest, including the University of Kansas DeBruce Center for the Original Rules of Basketball.
Free Library of Pennsylvania
Can you tell it was built in 1894? That’s not a bad thing though. This old school Philly library certainly packs in the charm. There’s no need for fancy renovations here.
Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
You’re looking at a six-story glass enclosed tower of books, so you’d better have a big ladder. The facility also features a sunken sculpture garden, marble panels all around, and was most recently renovated in 2015-2016.
Doesn’t it remind you of David Cronenberg’s Videodrome?
Welcome to Scottsdale, Arizona, and the Arabian Library. Winner of the 2009 AIA/ALA Library Building Award, this facility highlights the beauty and stillness of the desert environment in which it rests.
Do these facilities make you want to read anymore than you did before? If the answer is yes, then I must be doing my job. You’re welcome for that.
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