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10 beautiful Canadian libraries

From cozy refuges to soaring architectural wonders, these 10 libraries could turn anyone into a bibliophile
  • Aug 09, 2015
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Library of Parliament, Ottawa, Ont. (Tony Webster/Wikimedia Commons)
Library of Parliament, Ottawa, Ont. (Tony Webster/Wikimedia Commons)
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Few community institutions are so revered and romanticized as a library. But the role of a library has evolved over the years, and, perhaps in reaction, the buildings that house them have evolved as well.

From the modern, natural-light-loving façade of Hespeler’s library to Edmonton’s wonky Jasper Place branch, libraries’ architecture and purpose are being re-imagined. Granted, not all libraries are undergoing such novel renovations. Indeed some of our favourites, like the Morrin Centre library, remain the cozy bookish enclaves they were in mid-19th century. Either way, these bibliophilic havens call to mind Walter Savage Landor’s quote: “Nothing is pleasanter than exploring a library.”

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Vancouver Public Library Central Branch; Vancouver, B.C. (Andrew Raun/Wikimedia Commons)
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Halifax Central Library; Halifax, N.S. (Citobun/Wikimedia Commons)
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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library; Toronto, Ont. (Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library/Wikimedia Commons)
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Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec; Montreal, Que. (© BAnQ, Bernard Fougères)
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Idea Exchange; Hespeler, Ont. (JasonParis/Wikimedia Commons)
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Whistler Public Library; Whistler, B.C. (Martin Tessler)
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Morrin Centre library; Quebec City, Que. (Sabrina Doyle)
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Edmonton Public Library Jasper Place Branch; Edmonton, Alta. (Hubert Kang)
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Queen’s University Douglas Library; Kingston, Ont. (Jessica Darmanin)
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