Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The world's most famous libraries

In this digital era, most people resort to reading books on Internet networks, single click on the reader gets the information it needs without incurring any effort. However, some libraries around the world with the unique designs and warm ambience makes the reader craves contact with books and spend long hours of reading and research. In other words, engineering libraries play an essential role in attracting enthusiasts reading and encourage them to maintain the special relationship that binds the reader to his book.

Central Library in Seattle - Washington at the United Nations

Modern and sophisticated Library, pulls tourists from all over the world, in its first year has had more than two million tourists. It is designed by Dutch architect "Rem Koolhaas" and The American designer "Joshua Ramos." The tour which began in 2006, two years after it opened. This library pursuant a brilliant engineered and a milestone in the design of libraries around the world.

Library attest to the different Art Galleries , signing books and other cultural activities throughout the year. It should be noted that visitors can stop for a coffee or buy gifts.

College Library "Trinity" in Dpelln- Ireland

One of the oldest libraries in Ireland, was founded in 1592 by the Queen, "Elizabeth the First."

Is not impressive from the outside only, but also contains the largest library room in the world known "Long Room" with more than 200,000 of the oldest books.

One of the most famous manuscripts is "The Book of Kells: Turning darkness into the light," which alone attracts more than 500 000 visitors annually.

Library of Alexandria in Egypt

A revival of the ancient Royal Library of Alexandria , the most important library in the Greek world. It was built by "the Great Alexander" before nearly 2,300 years.

This library was born again in 2002, on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, after ten years of design, planning and implementation.

Designed by a team of "Snohetta" office, the winner of an international competition organized by the International Union of Architects, UNESCO and the Egyptian government. The library includes archaeological museums, in addition to the 15 permanent exhibition, including "Alexandria Through the Ages", "calligraphy" and "History of Printing." As characterized by sculptures and alphabet inscriptions that cover and adorn one side of the building

Library of "Stuttgart" City in Germany

One of the most important buildings in the area, along with a museum "Porsche" located close to it. This library is designed by Korean Engineer Yi Aaon-Yong, influenced by "Pantheon" architecture in ancient Rome. The library witnessing on cultural activities such as exhibitions and book signings.

"Musashino" Library

In the "Musashino" University of Arts in Tokyo, the library is known for creative design, especially the vast size , the outer windshields that allows the entry of light and its reflection on the shelves of wood scattered across the library.

the architect "Sue Fujimoto" Took over construction work and succeeded in creating a comfortable angles where easy access to books, volumes and pleasant reading sides where the reader feels the unbridled desire in a this world.

Public Library in "Vancouver"

From the design of the architect, "Moshe Savda" This library contains nearly 9.5 million between reference books, magazines, CDs and DVDs. It's Of the most important Library in Canada, welcomes huge numbers of reading lovers, so provide them with the appropriate atmosphere and important references to ensure the task of kidnapped them for long hours.


it's still a long list of well-known libraries did not mention .. only very simple ones section. Perhaps the tourist visiting these libraries discover a new cultures , sings his journey traveling more than fun and useful.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"El Sawaf" calls the Arab Publishers Association for Relief Gaza libraries

Mr. Mustafa El Sawaf

"Mustafa El Sawaf" Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture ؛ called on the Arab Publishers Association of the need to move and contribute to support the libraries in Gaza Strip by participating in the campaign "Relief Gaza libraries" launched by the ministry, which aims to rebuild the libraries that were destroyed during the Israel aggression on the Gaza Strip and to provide them with books that enable them to return to fulfill its mandate which was established for.

This came through a letter sent Mr. Sawaf to sir. "Asem Shalaby" head of the Arab Publishers Association , where among the damage caused by the aggression and the sector, which affected on the libraries of all kinds.

Sawaf said: "Gaza subjected to barbaric aggression systematically lasted for 51 long days all walks of life and did not leave anything but influenced from stone .. trees and human beings , even the libraries had not been delivered from it".

Sawaf confirmed that the Israel occupation during the aggression on Gaza destroyed a large number of public libraries numbered seven libraries, including two libraries were totally demolished and five were partially destroyed, in addition to the destruction of more than 175 school library, and 85 private library in mosques and sports clubs.

He pointed out "the number of destroyed more than twenty thousand books, noting that among them (rare books , specialized and distinctive in several science and knowledge) most notably Books that chronicling the Palestinian cause.

Sawaf stressed that the damage inflicted on libraries will lead to a severe scarcity of information sources and references, which seriously affect on the educational process and the march of scientific research in Gaza Strip.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Re-banned children's books to libraries in Department of adults in Singapore

The National Library of Singapore

According to news reports It will be allowed to trade two books of children's books, it has been passed around in the prevention of libraries in Singapore because addressed to gay couples, following the intervention of the government.

It was scheduled to be destroyed after the books banned by the board of directors of the National Library in Singapore.

the Singapore Minister of Communications and Information "Jacob Abraham" instructed of the National Library to allow the circulation of books again, but in the adult section.

He wrote on his page on the social networking site "Facebook" : the decision is still on what can or can not be read to children In the hands of guardians.

He added that "parents who want to borrow these books to read with their children will have the option to do so".

"Apple" pay 450 million dollars in the case of manipulation priced books

Apple will pay 450 million dollars

"Apple" Company Approved to pay about 450 million dollars to settle the case, which accuses them of conspiring with five of the top publishing houses to prove prices e-books .. according to court records released on Wednesday.

The settlement is based on the appeal which the company lost last year, which ruled that "Apple" violated antitrust laws own prices, after conspiring with publishers to raise the prices of e-books.

For its part, "Apple" is still denies involvement in this shameful act, where "kristin huguet" a spokeswoman for the company said : "We have not sinned, and we believe that a fair assessment of the facts will show that".

In case of approval of the settlement by the judiciary, goes the amount of $400 million to consumers, while the company will pay an additional $20 million to legal wages.

The lawyers who raised the issue on behalf of the consumer group and 33 U.S. states, intend to seek compensation worth 840 million dollars for damage to consumers who have been affected by high prices for e-books, during the court which scheduled to begin on 25 August.

As for the publishing houses which accused of conspiring with "Apple" they are "Hachette Book Group" "HarperCollins Publishers" "Penguin Group" "Macmillan" and "Simon & Schuster".

The publishing houses have already reached to settle the case against the payment of 166 million dollars. The announcement was made to reach a settlement at the end of last June, without the announcement of the details at that time.