The Disappearance of Library Facades

The transformation of the library face is a paradigm or universal access to knowledge; the processes of opening the building and universalization occurring in parallel. As the library’s front wall became more open, so too did access to culture, reading, information and knowledge. This change to the building is a metaphor for social transformation. As we were saying, the libraries of the early twentieth century resembled temples; isolated and reclusive in themselves, shunning their surroundings, acting as conservators and protectors of books. And the façade was the most visible and real representation of this: thick walls, small windows… Not at all inviting. The building faces were impermeable, with a symbolic isolating effect. It was clearly visible and present, and it became a barrier, a wall, a boundary that had to be overcome.

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