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The brand new Takeo City Library opened on April 1, 2013 in Saga Prefecture. But this facility is no joke. A collaboration between Takeo City and Culture Convenience Club (C.C.C.) – the operator of video rental and bookshop chain Tsutaya – the new library is intended to serve as a cultural hub for the community.

In addition to typical library functionality, the space merges concepts of library, bookshop and café to offer a multi-use space where users can come to read, study or just enjoy a cup of coffee. The library is also revolutionary in its management approach. It’s being jointly run by the state and C.C.C., a private enterprise. And so far the new strategy seems to be working. In the 6 months since the new library opened, visitors have increased by an astounding 355%.

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The new library has taken a page from the book of Daikanyama t-site. Not only have they incorporated the same signage but they’re also stocking over 600 magazine titles.

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this post is part of our review of the 2013 Good Design Awards. Click here to view the full series.