The Library as a public
playground
Steen Nielsen, Gamebrarian, stni@aarhus.dk
Lotte Duwe Nielsen, Library Transformer, LDN...
Play and games
at the Library
Gaming – When the Library Joins in
Examples:
Network Talks
Nordic Game Day/
International game day
Workshop
Reaching out to the Community
Arcade Culture
Board Games
Game Expo
Tournament at
the mall
The Library as a public Playground
Games, bringing
stories to life!
Games as catalyst
for interaction! Gaming as a Social ...
Lotte:
• Play is part of the strategic agenda for the
library
• More snapshots of experiments on play in the
library
• Lot...
Strategic agenda:
Recommendation from Danish Minister of Culture:
Children play - at the library
• A report with 10
recomm...
Play in the library:
Goals:
• Playware and toys for use
in the library and to loan
• Playful activities
• Space design
• G...
Methods:
• User involvements
• Experiments
• Service design
• Design Thinking
• Competence development
• Inspiration from ...
Previous projects – play elements
• Families at Play at the Library
• Mobile Probes
• Idea lab for children about the futu...
Idea lab for children
Families at Play at the Library
Family treasurehunt – storytelling and interactive game for children age 5-10 years.
Partn...
Service design – user experience
Design Thinking experiment
play to be a librarian
Transformation Lab 2
Let us pretend we are in the Library of the future
• Testing
services, installations, programs
• Invo...
Play: exchange your toys
Tech lab
Creativity, learning:
Crypty Party
Jewellery workshop
6th grade presents project about play and
gaming for staff and library users
6th grade presents project about play
and gaming for staff and library users
6th grade presents project about play and
gaming for staff and library users
6th grade presents project about play and
gaming for staff and library users
6th grade presents project about play and
gaming for staff and library users
Maker space – People’s lab
Maker space – People´s lab
Constructing robots out of brushes
Maker space - autumn holiday
Test: We play at the library –
Construction place
The simple concept worked:
• 3 -4 different kind of
bricks; lego mindstorm
• computers for gaming
• sofas & coffee for the...
Users: Super! More of this in the future. Sofas
and coffee for the adults is great.
It makes til library visit more relaxed
User: In this way the library becomes a meeting
place, every day. Thanks for the coffee
What a wonderful day to be met when you enter a library
The times when a library was only shelves of books and when you we...
Parents: nice that there are things to
play with for children of different ages
Play, learning:
Parkour in the library
Parkour in the library
Urban Mediaspace Aarhus, Dokk1
Kilde: www.urbanmediaspace.dk
Mediaspace 16.500 m2
Rental areas10.000
m2
Parking 1.000 cars
Revealing of the stream
Urban harbourspace
Trafic regulation...
Budget DKK - 2011
1.939.000.000
Financing DKK- 2011
Realdania og Realdania Byg 721.000.000
Sale of the current library
bui...
Kilde: www.urbanmediaspace.dk
Kilde: www.urbanmediaspace.dk
Central elevators
Reading room
Project spaces
Study spaces
Entrance, level 1
Citizens’ Services
Café
Rooms for meetings
La...
Children & families
Learning and meeting rooms Media ramp
Central elevators
Læring og møder
Spaces for play, creativity & learning
Various oasis for staying in the library
Level 1: 700 – 850 seats (400 – 500 in ope...
Interior design draft level 1
Interior design draft
level 2
Signal
Feature zone
The Play Library
Children´s theater;
space for play & performance
Design draft: Chill-out zone – Children &families
Enjoy the view
Design draft:
Play, creativity and learning for
4-8 year olds and their families
Breastfeeding space
Blackboard paint
Eating space
Design draft: Play & creativity
Kilde: www.urbanmediaspace.dk
Playground on the terasse around the building
Kilde: www.urbanmediaspace.dk
• Visit the construction site
of Dokk1
• Admission free
• Saturday 31. May & Sunday
1. June
10 am – 4 pm10–16
Thank you for listening
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The Library as a Public Playground

  1. 1. The Library as a public playground Steen Nielsen, Gamebrarian, stni@aarhus.dk Lotte Duwe Nielsen, Library Transformer, LDN@aarhus.dk 3 April 2014 Main Library, Aarhus
  2. 2. Play and games at the Library
  3. 3. Gaming – When the Library Joins in Examples: Network Talks Nordic Game Day/ International game day Workshop
  4. 4. Reaching out to the Community Arcade Culture Board Games Game Expo Tournament at the mall
  5. 5. The Library as a public Playground Games, bringing stories to life! Games as catalyst for interaction! Gaming as a Social experience! Facilitated by the library The Library as a safe place to explore play and games! The Library provides inspiration and context
  6. 6. Lotte: • Play is part of the strategic agenda for the library • More snapshots of experiments on play in the library • Lots of Play opportunities in the future library in Aarhus; Dokk1
  7. 7. Strategic agenda: Recommendation from Danish Minister of Culture: Children play - at the library • A report with 10 recommendations for concrete actions and suggestions as to how the children’s libraries and their services can be made more attractive to children • Play and culture of playing can be a central activity in the library.
  8. 8. Play in the library: Goals: • Playware and toys for use in the library and to loan • Playful activities • Space design • Guidance on play and playware
  9. 9. Methods: • User involvements • Experiments • Service design • Design Thinking • Competence development • Inspiration from other • Planning Future Library, Dokk1
  10. 10. Previous projects – play elements • Families at Play at the Library • Mobile Probes • Idea lab for children about the future of libraries • Unleash the Library Users • Mindspot • Transformationlab + Transformationlab II
  11. 11. Idea lab for children
  12. 12. Families at Play at the Library Family treasurehunt – storytelling and interactive game for children age 5-10 years. Partners: Codura (technology), Figuramus (animation), Freja (storyteller), a publisher, 3 public libraries in DK
  13. 13. Service design – user experience
  14. 14. Design Thinking experiment play to be a librarian
  15. 15. Transformation Lab 2 Let us pretend we are in the Library of the future • Testing services, installations, programs • Involving users, staff and partners • Evaluation focus: - let’s do it now - further investigation - important for the future library
  16. 16. Play: exchange your toys
  17. 17. Tech lab
  18. 18. Creativity, learning: Crypty Party
  19. 19. Jewellery workshop
  20. 20. 6th grade presents project about play and gaming for staff and library users
  21. 21. 6th grade presents project about play and gaming for staff and library users
  22. 22. 6th grade presents project about play and gaming for staff and library users
  23. 23. 6th grade presents project about play and gaming for staff and library users
  24. 24. 6th grade presents project about play and gaming for staff and library users
  25. 25. Maker space – People’s lab
  26. 26. Maker space – People´s lab
  27. 27. Constructing robots out of brushes
  28. 28. Maker space - autumn holiday
  29. 29. Test: We play at the library – Construction place
  30. 30. The simple concept worked: • 3 -4 different kind of bricks; lego mindstorm • computers for gaming • sofas & coffee for the adults
  31. 31. Users: Super! More of this in the future. Sofas and coffee for the adults is great. It makes til library visit more relaxed
  32. 32. User: In this way the library becomes a meeting place, every day. Thanks for the coffee
  33. 33. What a wonderful day to be met when you enter a library The times when a library was only shelves of books and when you were not allowed to talk , only whisper – and certainly no play! – are finally conjured. 20 seconds after we arrived Pippi is well under way.
  34. 34. Parents: nice that there are things to play with for children of different ages
  35. 35. Play, learning: Parkour in the library
  36. 36. Parkour in the library
  37. 37. Urban Mediaspace Aarhus, Dokk1 Kilde: www.urbanmediaspace.dk
  38. 38. Mediaspace 16.500 m2 Rental areas10.000 m2 Parking 1.000 cars Revealing of the stream Urban harbourspace Trafic regulation Ligth Rail tracé Climate securing of the center of the city Largest construction project in the history of Aarhus
  39. 39. Budget DKK - 2011 1.939.000.000 Financing DKK- 2011 Realdania og Realdania Byg 721.000.000 Sale of the current library building, rental 403.000.000 The Municipality of Aarhus 815.000.000 I alt 1.939.000.000
  40. 40. Kilde: www.urbanmediaspace.dk
  41. 41. Kilde: www.urbanmediaspace.dk
  42. 42. Central elevators Reading room Project spaces Study spaces Entrance, level 1 Citizens’ Services Café Rooms for meetings Large Room and Children
  43. 43. Children & families Learning and meeting rooms Media ramp Central elevators Læring og møder
  44. 44. Spaces for play, creativity & learning Various oasis for staying in the library Level 1: 700 – 850 seats (400 – 500 in open spaces) Level 2: 250 – 400 seats ( 200 – 300 in open spaces)
  45. 45. Interior design draft level 1
  46. 46. Interior design draft level 2 Signal
  47. 47. Feature zone
  48. 48. The Play Library
  49. 49. Children´s theater; space for play & performance
  50. 50. Design draft: Chill-out zone – Children &families Enjoy the view
  51. 51. Design draft: Play, creativity and learning for 4-8 year olds and their families
  52. 52. Breastfeeding space Blackboard paint Eating space Design draft: Play & creativity
  53. 53. Kilde: www.urbanmediaspace.dk
  54. 54. Playground on the terasse around the building Kilde: www.urbanmediaspace.dk
  55. 55. • Visit the construction site of Dokk1 • Admission free • Saturday 31. May & Sunday 1. June 10 am – 4 pm10–16
  56. 56. Thank you for listening
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