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With a vibe more akin to a modern bookshop, this place will upend any lingering preconceptions you might have about libraries. Chatter is OK, as is lounging around and the innovative fit-out further reinforces the sense that you’re not trespassing upon some hallowed institution but part of a dynamic community hub. Catering to a broad audience, both airport novels and academic texts share shelf space. Music and DVDs also form part of the extensive collection but, of course there’s more. Children’s storytelling sessions, lunchtime concerts and exhibitions in the City Library gallery all redefine the idea of infotainment.

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