Boston Public Library
This iconic building was constructed in 1895 and reimagined the modern American library as a “palace for the people” to spend time and bring their children, with the nation’s first reading room for children and an incredible courtyard. The stonework here is simply breath-taking and it has few rivals in the U.S.
Canada Waters Library, London
Designed by Piers Gough and built in 2011, this modern structure has many nods to the 1960s. The iconic oversized spiral staircase is the central feature of this quirky building, but the checkerboard rainbow floors and zig zag shelves are also quite attention-grabbing.