By 2021, Chicago will be the home of the 44th presidential library, built in honor of former US President Barack Obama. Called the Obama Presidential Center, it will feature a library, museum, auditorium, restaurant, and public park.
Inspiration for our Central Library can be found everywhere. We can look to public spaces and libraries in other cities, emerging technology, or other aspects of place-making. Just imagine...
Walking into the library and a nearby beacon recognizes you and lets you know that the hold you placed is available – and virtual navigation leads you to it. The beacon remembers that you aren’t able to walk up stairs and calls the elevator for you automatically.
You wander into the financial literacy section, and are alerted that a free seminar on personal finance is happening later that evening. You grab your books, snap a photo of them to check them out, and order a cappuccino from the café downstairs that will be ready by the time you’re there. You sit in the café, put on your headphones, and stream music via the library’s free WiFi while you read.
To your left – a woman has downloaded free plans for a working prosthetic arm and is using the 3D printer in the maker space to make one for her daughter. In the lab next door, students are streaming a graphic design video from the digital library and using tablets they checked out to sketch each other. Meanwhile, in the theatre, staff is setting up for the financial literacy session you signed up for and will attend from your home couch tonight via webcast.
Technology and place-making can make a 130,000 square foot library’s capabilities near limitless. On this page are links to technology, place-making, and architecture that inspire OPL as to what is possible in Ottawa’s Central Library.
The world seemed to have gone off its spinner this year, making the library one of the few places you could retreat where the pace of life was slower and blessed silence reigned. It is also the place where serendipity thrives.
New public libraries are being built in Helsinki and Oslo; and they are following in the footsteps of Aarhus Public Library in Denmark, which opened last year.
When finished, all of these buildings will be much more than libraries: these are very much public spaces and cultural centres. Moreover, they will have plenty of spaces for children, families, and creative people.
This year’s best new public libraries are more like works of art than stacks of books. The Dokk1 library in Aarhus, Denmark, was named the 2016 winner of the Public Library of the Year Award at The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) meeting this week in Columbus, Ohio.
The prize is awarded by the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces as a part of the Model Programme for Public Libraries. Libraries are judged by criteria including architectural quality, sustainability and interaction with the surroundings and local culture.
Infrastructure providers are used to focusing on issues of project selection, funding, and regulation. The most successful firms are learning to provide great consumer experiences too.
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“If you’ve been to a public library recently, chances are you’ve seen how vibrant and dynamic these public spaces are. You may have stopped in for free Wi-Fi and stayed for an art exhibition. You may have browsed the new releases while waiting for a public lecture to start. You may have signed up for a book club and discovered the espresso at the library café is unparalleled. If you are a regular user of a public library, you know that the programming offers almost endless learning opportunities for every age and stage, from toddlers to seniors.”
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This article features more examples of libraries and bookstores from around the world that feature innovative place-making and architectural design – both inside and outside of the building. From children’s reading nooks, to beach views, to converted churches – these libraries will make you want to read.
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Libraries are fundamentally changing from silent institutions to social hubs – and this Globe and Mail article presents a handful of the novel ways that libraries are encouraging social activity as much as they are the consumption of the printed word.
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Already a remarkable, modern example of what a Central Library can be, Vancouver’s Central Library is converting 40,000 square feet of office space into a 77-seat fixed-seat auditorium, rooftop garden, community and meeting spaces, and the library’s first quiet reading area. This complements existing attractions such as the recently-opened Inspiration Lab, a dynamic space providing shared resources for audio, video, photographic, and other artistic endeavours.
Wireless audio systems allow not only for contextual and curated audio to be streamed right to a person’s phone – but also allow for augmentation for persons with hearing impairments. It could also allow for person with visual impairments to be safely guided to their intended destination.
The Met’s free audio app reduces the cost and coordination of rental equipment and could mean auditory and visual accessibility for groups of 2, 20, or 200 persons alike at the library for presentations, lectures, streaming movies, etc.
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec is a library-science and archival cultural institution of national stature charged with the preservation of Québec's documentary heritage, and with the showcasing and dissemination of the heritage collection, of its archival fonds and collections, and of a universal lending and reference collection. It is also a public library of resources for all Quebecers. In addition, it acts as a catalyst for Québec documentary institutions.
A library has the capacity to make sites, buildings, and content more accessible to persons with visual, audio, or other impairments through the use of technology.
The new Main Library in Aarhus, Denmark has put the needs of library customers front and center in their design process. The library sponsored a design toolkit for libraries to help us gather input from customers and design services with that input at the core.
The Beaverbrook branch’s design won a 2015 Ontario Library Association (OLA) Library Building Award and has become a favorite among Ottawa’s 33 branches. Light, airy, with plenty of open space, color, and playful art as one enters, it incorporates many of the elements asked for by customers at this branch.
Architect Joshua Prince-Ramus takes the audience on dazzling, dizzying virtual tours of three recent projects: the Central Library in Seattle, the Museum Plaza in Louisville and the Charles Wyly Theater in Dallas.
For architect Ole Scheeren, the people inside a building are as much a part of that building as concrete, steel, and glass. He asks: Can architecture be about collaboration and storytelling instead of isolation and hierarchy? Visit five of Scheeren's buildings — from a twisted tower in China to a floating cinema in the ocean in Thailand — and learn the stories behind them.
A library deserves to be beautiful, welcoming, and a place to stimulate creativity. This article describes the human-focused facelifts given to two buildings designed by famous architects. The results are renewed, light-filled spaces designed to inspire.
Augmented reality offers the opportunity for a whole range of new – and easier – experiences in libraries. librARi offers a glimpse of what is possible.
New York Public Library’s digital collections of more than 600,000 items are a sight to behold. The library has even used crowdsourcing to have library customers input the text of thousands of handwritten menus, capturing an ephemeral aspect of New York’s culinary history for future generations.
Think book warehouse? Think again. We still love books, but libraries are increasingly about experiencing a vast array of knowledge in physical and virtual forms. We think both forms should live together and inform each other: see a novel on a shelf you’d like to read? We’d like to let you know the author will be visiting next week, and if you opt in, we can send that info to your phone.
You don’t need a factory or a publishing house to make a book anymore, and some libraries are letting customers print and bind their own novels and family histories in about the time it takes to drink a coffee.
Memphis Public Library’s Teen Learning Lab may be the envy of people of all ages, since they’ve reserved their state-of-the-art maker space for just 13- to 18-year-olds. Oh to be a young adult again.
Sure the library has been a storehouse for knowledge for centuries, but why not a place where documentaries are made? Vancouver Public Library’s Inspiration Lab includes studio space for film and audio production, letting filmmakers and songwriters hone their craft.
The Do Space in Omaha, Nebraska is a Maker Space on steroids, both enormous and with an enviable volunteer network that puts the emphasis on people helping people through mentorships.