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By William Jones and Claire Rivé, Contributing Reporters

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Biblioteca Parque Estadual do Rio (BPE, Library State Park of Rio), which reopened on March 29th after four years of renovation does its part for doing away with any outdated perceptions one might have of traditional dusty libraries. Offering the public access to a space that looks more like a modern art museum than a library, the BPE is a welcome and architecturally impressive addition to the city center.

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