Stockholm Public Library is a library building in Stockholm, Sweden, designed by Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund, and one of the city's most notable structures. The name is today used for both the main library itself as well as the municipal library system of Stockholm.ArchitectureDiscussed by a committee of which Asplund himself was a member from 1918, a design scheme was proposed in 1922, and construction began in 1924. Partly inspired by the Barrière Saint-Martin (Rotonde de la Villette) by Claude Nicolas Ledoux, Asplund abandoned earlier ideas for a dome in favour of a rotunda whose tall cylinder gives the exterior some monumentality. In the course of its planning, he reduced elements of the classical order to their most abstract geometrical forms, for the most part eliminating architectural decor. Stockholm Public Library was Sweden's first public library to apply the principle of open shelves where visitors could access books without the need to ask library staff for assistance, a concept Asplund studied in the United States during the construction of the library. All the furnishings in all the rooms were designed for their specific positions and purposes.Officially opened on 31 March 1928 in the presence of Prince Eugen, due to financial constraints the library was still missing its west wing which was only added in 1932 to complete the approximately square base around the rotunda of the main reading room. Stockholm Public Library is one of Asplund's most important works and illustrates his gradual shift from classicism to functionalism.Our Stockholm trip maker tool makes visiting Stockholms Stadsbibliotek and other Stockholm attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
Stockholms Stadsbibliotek reviews
Stockholm City Library was created by world-famous architect Gunnar Asplund. The library has been listed as one of the world's most beautiful libraries. The facade is beautiful. The rotunda with a... more »
If you like books and architecture, this beautiful building, interior and exterior, is an absolute must. Open to the public. more »
I was in Stockholm for one week to help my daughter settle in Stockholm for her university study and needed a quiet place to read a technical book I brought by myself. The library has an excellent architecture, it is really a joy to read in this library. Being a public library, it is open to anyone, this is probably also the reason why people in reading rooms are not very quiet (talking on mobile phone or having a conversation there is no problem). There is also a small coffee shop (something very important to me personally), however the coffee served is of low quality and the blond lady working there does not like to answer anything in English.
The Stockholm Public Library in famous for its iconic circle shape on the inside! Definitely snap a shot for your social media and have people be jealous! Photos of the library are often used online :) Highly recommend a visit, even if you are not a book worm! There is food and drinks as well!
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