More than just books

December 18 / Public libraries

The library as a cultural function

Today, the libraries are much more than just books. It is often seen that libraries are placed in connection with other cultural function and part of a cultural centre with several functions. In Denmark and in the United Kingdom, public service/county offices are integrated in some libraries, thereby combining different entities and making it easier for citizens.

Furthermore, in many countries, the library has become a place to meet and hang out with friends.

Herning Public Library, Denmark
Stockton Public Library, United Kingdom

A place for everyone

December 18 / Public libraries

Herning Public Library, Denmark

Missing introduction

The public library is a place for everybody and therefore needs to accommodate the needs of many different target groups. The public library is therefore divided into several different zones. There needs to be a zone for the children where they can play and enjoy the wonders of books, a zone for the teens where they can hang out and enjoy the library on their premises, a zone for the parents who want to read the newest bestseller on the shelf, and a zone for the grand parents who want to catch up on the news.