Spectacular German libraries

The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the location of the library, Einstein once said. Here are some of the most impressive libraries in Germany – the home of the printing press.

FROM BAROQUE TO MODERN: GERMANY’S MOST IMPRESSIVE LIBRARIES

Stuttgart’s municipal library

Designed to be an intellectual and cultural center, the new Stuttgart municipal library was built in 2011, a towering nine-story cube. Outside, it’s constructed of pale grey concrete framing glass bricks. Inside, it’s stark white. Books that line the walls of the light-flooded five-story gallery hall are the only splashes of color. At night, the library is illuminated in different colors.

If the spectacular new libraries erected to house millions of books in Germany and around the world are any indicator, libraries today continue to attract a great many readers young and old, despite the prevalence of digital offerings.

German physicist Albert Einstein once famously said that the only thing you “absolutely have to know” is the location of the library – and view that has been shared by countless scientists, writers, politicians and statesmen.

‘Everything you need’

French 20th-century philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre saw the library as “a temple,” and Marcus Tullius Cicero, a Roman statesman and scholar who lived in the first century BC wrote that if you have a garden and a library, “you have everything you need.”

British essayist and poet T.S. Eliot felt that “the very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man.”

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