New Libraries in Old Places

  • Herman Liebaers


Sir Frank Francis, former director and principal librarian of the British Museum, and I were the two librarian members of an international jury whose responsibility was to choose an architect for the Centre Beaubourg in Paris, inaugurated in 1977 under the name of Centre Pompidou. It was President Pompidou’s personal decision in 1969 to build in the heart of the French capital a cultural centre, which would include among other things exhibition spaces, a museum for contemporary art and a modern library. Hence Sir Frank and I found ourselves among museum curators and, above all, architects.


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© Martinus Nijhoff Publishers bv, The Hague 1980

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  • Herman Liebaers

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