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La Grande Bibliothèque de Montreal
by Ari Bendersky
on 16 May 2005
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Back in the ‘70s, there was a public service campaign in the United States called R.I.F. – Reading Is Fundamental, which encouraged school-aged children to read more books.

Apparently the government of Quebec feels the same, but also wants its citizens to read in a beautifully constructed, modern dwelling. The brand new Bibliothèque Nationale, which opened two weeks ago to huge fanfare and people lined up down the street, is a bustling center of brain food.

The project cost nearly $100 million and took almost five years to construct six floors of steel and blond wood in a stunning setting right in the heart of Montreal.

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