So we keep telling you about great places for readers, for wanderers and guests of the country. Canada was one of the first British colonies to have a library. With governor general approvals, a subscription library was set up in 1779 which housed approximately 2000 volumes. There are very few institutions around the world that are romanticized as libraries. However, over the years, the role of libraries has evolved along with the buildings that have housed them. While not all libraries are beautifully designed, still nothing is more satisfying than exploring these bibliophilic havens.
When designing Canadian libraries, a lot of focus has been paid to the creative architecture. From avant-garde to beautifully traditional libraries, they boast of being some of the country’s best architecture structures.
Here’s a list of libraries in Canada you must visit to see why they deserve every bit of fame.
- Library of Parliament, Ottawa
The Library of Parliament, Ottawa is one of the best libraries in the country. What sets it apart from other libraries in the country is the fact that it has been featured on country’s currency (ten dollar banknote). The fantabulous architecture of this landmark has been influenced by the well-known Reading Room of British Museum. The main room design includes a domed ceiling, striking flowers carvings, mythical creatures and more. The walls of the library are supported by 16 flying buttresses. It houses more than 6,00,000 books and is open to general public for tours.
- Vancouver Public Library
Designed by the world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, Vancouver Public Library is the biggest library system in Vancouver, British Columbia and the third largest in Canada. The architect is also credited to have built another colossal building habitat 67, Montreal. Safdie built the design of the library in a Colosseum form to give a tribute to ancient-day Colosseums which first gave the notions of having libraries. Presently, more than 428000 people are active members of the library. The library also has retail shops, underground parking and restaurants for public convenience. For techie freaks, they have cool things like 3D printers and iMacs.
- Scarborough Civic Centre Library
Built with a one-of-its-kind design, Scarborough Civic Centre Library is a rescue heaven for students during the exam times. The library was recently opened in 2015 and became an instant hit due to its interesting and unique design. The award-winning LGA Architectural Partners built this with an idea of flexibility in their mind. The infrastructure has columns in tree-like forms that can be re-arranged according to your places and needs. Same is the case with the book stacks which are, interestingly, perched on wheels. As complex its exterior looks like, the interiors are equally cozy and organized. The staff is equally friendly that will go out of their ways to help you.
While there are a million things to explore in Canada, the creative architecture of the country tops the list. The libraries are just a part of that rich history and diverse element of Canada. Head on to these unique libraries to see that they are more than just books, but magnificent pieces of art in themselves!