- "OMA. Seattle Central Library."
-- "Windowless hallways, sheated in shiny, gore-red plastic, like a monstrous intestine designed for Ian Scharger." (Matthew Stadler, Michael Sanchez, dom871_04.06.03)
- "Architecture Without Artistry."
-- "These attitudes may account for why so many projects have withered as clients couldn't persuade themselves to go the distance." (James S Russell, arec_04.07)
- "Seattle's Central Library kindles book lust."
-- "Can you judge this book by its cover." (Sheri Olson, arec_04.07)
- "Mixing with the Kool Crowd."
-- "Have architecture critics forgotten how to judge public spaces?"
(Benjamin Fried, pps_04.07.00)
- "The Library That Puts on Fishnets and Hits the Disco"
-- "In more than 30 years writing about architecture,
this is the most exciting new building it has been my honor to review."(Herbert Muschamp, nyt_04.05.16)
- "High-Tech Bibliophilia"
-- "For years, Koolhaas has been ranting about how traditional cities don't matter anymore,
and how the rise of new technologies has made public space obsolete ..."
(Paul Goldberger, ny'er_04.05.17)
- "The Library Rem Koolhaas almost didn't get the chance to design."
-- "The library board began its brief visit to Europe less than a week after
the advisory citizens committee on architect selection deadlocked, with half recommending American architect Steven Holl, half recommending Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas." (John Douglas Marshall, spi_04.05.23)
- "Avant-garde architect reinvents Seattle's new Library."
-- " 'Koolhaas is something,' Gehry said. 'His ideas. He's beyond what I'm doing. He's really something.' " (Rosemarie Buchanan, st_04.05.17)
- "The real star of Seattle's Central Library? ..."
-- " What about the books? It's all about big architecture." (Michael Upchurch, st_04.05.23)
- "Koolhaas designed $165M Seattle library to open today: Architectural landmark."
-- " ... -- it seems blessed by a too often unmentioned ingredient to architectural success: luck."
(Randy Gragg, oreg_04.05.24)
- "Meet your new Central Library."
-- " 'Read the building' he urges. "The last thing we tried to do was make an object."
(Joshua Ramus, Office of Metropolitan Architecture, in William Dietrich, st_04.04.25)