Making the transition to serve the 21st century
Jan Richards
May 2014
THE CHANGING FACE OF LIBRARIES
A bit of background
IFLA Public Libraries Standing Committee , Paris March 2013
Impressive
spaces
Public Library of Almere, Netherlands
Malmo Public Library, Sweden
Thinking outside the
square
Public Library of Almere, Netherlands
Public Library of Almere, Netherlands
Libraries at the heart
of the community
Kulturværftet , Helsingore Denmark
Bibliotheque Louise-Michel , Paris France
Amsterdam Public Library (OBA), Netherlands
Ørestad Library , Copenhagen Denmark
A focus on children
and young people
Amsterdam Public Library (OBA), Netherlands
Malmo Public Library, Sweden
Garaget, Malmo Sweden
Kulturværftet , Helsingore Denmark
Kulturværftet , Helsingore Denmark
Open all hours
Millennium Library, Norwich United Kingdom
Maker Spaces
Garaget, Malmo Sweden
Malmo City Library, Sweden
Getting out there!
Ørestad Library , Copenhagen Denmark
It’s the people and
their attitude that
makes the real
difference
Ørestad Library , Copenhagen Denmark
Bibliotheque Louise-Michel , Paris France
Impressive Spaces
OBA Amsterdam
Thinking Outside the
Square
Public Library of
Almere, Netherlands
Libraries at the heart o...
A focus on children and
young people
Public Library of
Almere, Netherlands
Open all hours
Ørestad Library
, Copenhagen Den...
Getting out there!
Taarnby Main
Library, Denmark
It’s the people and their
attitude that makes the
real difference
Malmo C...
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  • The Public Libraries Section provides an active international forum and network for the development and promotion of public libraries. The Section is committed to ensuring the world's communities have free and equal access to information and public library services. The Section’s goals, objectives and strategies are developed within the context of the principles enshrined in the Public Library Manifesto and the IFLA Professional Priorities. This Section also represents mobile libraries.The Public Libraries Standing Committee comprises 20 members representing 16 counties drawn from every continent. The Committee meets face-to-face twice a year. Once at the Annual IFLA Congress (which this year will be held in Lyon) and once at the mid-term meeting which in 2014 was held in Malmo, Sweden.http://www.ifla.org/public-libraries
  • The Amsterdam Public Library (commonly known as the OBA) is one on Amsterdam’s premier tourist attractions and attracts 3.8 million visitors each year. The Library was designed by architect Jo Coenen and was opened in July 2007. Spread over 7 floors it is adjacent to the Central Railway station and from its roof top café has amazing views back over the historic canal district. In 2012 it was voted the best Dutch Library.
  • The Public Library of Almere, a planned city in the Netherlands, was opened in 2010. It has been designed to replicate a bookshop feel and has a real WOW factor. This photo shows the main circulation desk which has more the feel of the reception area in a grand hotel. The large central rug is typical of the rugs throughout the whole library space with images representative of the specific function.http://www.denieuwebibliotheek.nl/http://publiclibrariesonline.org/2013/06/the-retail-revolution-your-library/http://elsfutursdelabibliotecapublica.wordpress.com/documentacio/almere-kleinenberg/
  • The main reading room in the Malmo Public Library. The shelving on the ground floor is all on castors and can be easily moved to create a large space for author visits, performances etc. The Malmo Public Library comprises two wings this being the newer section completed in 1997. Staff constantly re-asses the building and its use to maintain its freshness.http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&tl=en&sl=sv&u=http%3A//www.malmo.se/stadsbibliotekethttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malm%C3%B6_City_Library
  • Foreign language collection at Almere
  • The collection at Almere is divided into genres, each with a distinct feel. This is the travel section. Books are laid out in a manner to invite browsing and impulse borrowing.
  • Children’s area at Almere
  • The Garaget Library in inner suburban Malmo is located in an old bus garage. It is a low socio economic community and many residents live in very cramped conditions. It is accessible for use by the community outside opening hours and available for concerts, birthday parties etc. It has a very ‘lounge room’ feel to it and locals are encouraged to use it as their lounge room including bringing their dinner here and staying to watch TV/play games. Kitchen facilities are available.www.malmo.se/garage
  • The magazine reading area at Helingsgore which occupies an old shipyard. The building acknowledges its industrial heritage at the same time creating a warm and welcoming environment. This area provides a space to take in the magnificent views out over the harbour where ferries between Denmark and Sweden constantly cross. The view also takes in Hamlet’s castle, Elsinore.http://www.kulturvaerftet.dk/english/english
  • Located in an inner Paris suburb undergoing urban renewal the Louise-Michel Library was requested by the community and has evolved to reflect their needs and wishes. This includes an outdoor garden/seating/reading area with plant pots filled with herbs for borrowers to take.http://equipement.paris.fr/bibliotheque-louise-michel-6320
  • The OBA provides a wide range of seating options for the community, all of which are constantly used. Many have spectacular views.
  • At the top centre staff members can be seen moving shelves from the main library floor. This was to make way for a community dinner to be held in the library that evening. This is a new development near Copenhagen airport with the oldest building being about 10 years old. It is traditional in Denmark to have community dinners in the local hall but in this community the Library fulfils this function.https://bibliotek.kk.dk/biblioteker/orestad
  • The central structure is a cubby house with reading space on the first floor. If you look carefully you can see a spiral staircase .
  • The children's’ area is one for stockinged feet – even international guests must leave their shoes at the dotted line.
  • A small cave in which to read.
  • The children’s area at Helingsgore reflects the nautical theme of the building and reinforces the sense of place and history to the local community. The ‘submarine’ at the rear opens up into a theatre space.
  • The ground floor at Ørestad Library is available to members outside of normal opening hours through use of their membership card. This provides access to the ground floor where the children’s library and general collections are housed plus technology.
  • The lower floor of the Millennium Library is open for longer hours with quick pick collections available for loan.http://www.theforumnorwich.co.uk/explore/millennium-library
  • Malmo Public Library has a number of maker spaces. In the technology rooms there is a focus on software packages too expensive for many clients. Assistance in using these is often provided by other clients.
  • Maker spaces are a growing trend whether physical or virtual.www.malmo.se/garaget
  • Sound labs are a common feature in many Nordic libraries
  • This bike takes Library services to the beach at Taarnby Main Library https://taarnbybib.dk/
  • A mobile coffee cart advertising the Library. – operated by a local charity
  • Malmo Public Library
  • The Library at Orestad serves as a community and school library. Staff from both institutions share work spares and collaborate on service delivery
  • The Louise-Michel Library in Paris was developed closely with the community. Its young team have a very different attitude to service. All staff are constantly on the library floor and react to needs as thet arise. So if there is a group of children someone will read them a story. This place has a great vibe about it and obvious community ownership.
  • The changing face of libraries

    1. 1. Making the transition to serve the 21st century Jan Richards May 2014 THE CHANGING FACE OF LIBRARIES
    2. 2. A bit of background
    3. 3. IFLA Public Libraries Standing Committee , Paris March 2013
    4. 4. Impressive spaces
    5. 5. Public Library of Almere, Netherlands
    6. 6. Malmo Public Library, Sweden
    7. 7. Thinking outside the square
    8. 8. Public Library of Almere, Netherlands
    9. 9. Public Library of Almere, Netherlands
    10. 10. Libraries at the heart of the community
    11. 11. Kulturværftet , Helsingore Denmark
    12. 12. Bibliotheque Louise-Michel , Paris France
    13. 13. Amsterdam Public Library (OBA), Netherlands
    14. 14. Ørestad Library , Copenhagen Denmark
    15. 15. A focus on children and young people
    16. 16. Amsterdam Public Library (OBA), Netherlands
    17. 17. Malmo Public Library, Sweden
    18. 18. Garaget, Malmo Sweden
    19. 19. Kulturværftet , Helsingore Denmark
    20. 20. Kulturværftet , Helsingore Denmark
    21. 21. Open all hours
    22. 22. Millennium Library, Norwich United Kingdom
    23. 23. Maker Spaces
    24. 24. Garaget, Malmo Sweden
    25. 25. Malmo City Library, Sweden
    26. 26. Getting out there!
    27. 27. Ørestad Library , Copenhagen Denmark
    28. 28. It’s the people and their attitude that makes the real difference
    29. 29. Ørestad Library , Copenhagen Denmark
    30. 30. Bibliotheque Louise-Michel , Paris France
    31. 31. Impressive Spaces OBA Amsterdam Thinking Outside the Square Public Library of Almere, Netherlands Libraries at the heart of the community Garaget, Malmo Sweden
    32. 32. A focus on children and young people Public Library of Almere, Netherlands Open all hours Ørestad Library , Copenhagen Denmark Maker Spaces Malmo City Library, Sweden
    33. 33. Getting out there! Taarnby Main Library, Denmark It’s the people and their attitude that makes the real difference Malmo City Library, Sweden Jan Richards and Marion Morgan-Bindon

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