The reading room of the UNESCO Library at Alexandria.

The Cambridge Project for the Book Trust’s conference, Designing the Reading Space, held in Cambridge in 1994 enabled lively debate between distinguished library panelists at an open discussion before the start of the conference. Speakers included Dominique Perrault (architect of the Bibliothèque de France), giving his first public lecture in Britain, and Kjetil Thørsen (Norwegian architect of the UNESCO library at Alexandria). The conference included a tour of newly built college libraries in Cambridge.