Los Angles, April 17 (CNA) The Beitou branch of the Taipei Public Library was named by a international cultural website as one of the 25 most beautiful public libraries in the world.
Five public libraries in Asia are listed on the Flavorwire site, which provides cultural news and critiques.
Two of the Asian libraries are in Japan -- the Sendai Mediatheque in Sendai and Kanazawa Umimirai Library in Kanazawa.
Apart from the world's most beautiful public libraries, the website also lists the most beautiful university and private libraries.
However, Emily Temple, author of "The 25 Most Beautiful Public Libraries in the World," said that compared with university libraries and private libraries, public libraries are more important to the culture at large.
Public libraries are "places where anyone can enter and partake of knowledge they offer, where anyone can engage with history, literature and culture," she said.
The libraries on the list are scattered throughout North American and European countries, including the United States, Britain, France and Holland.
According to Temple, some very beautiful libraries were excluded from the selection because while they may be open to the public as museums or tourist attractions, their function as actual libraries is limited. She named as examples the Vatican library and the Dutch Parliament library.
The Beitou branch of Taipei Public Library, Taiwan's first certified green architecture project, is located in a forest park with a diversified ecosystem.
(By Oscar Wu and Elizabeth Hsu)