OBA Amsterdam central public library – a place where people stay

Written by Hanna Marie Roseen For how to contribute to Library Planet look here:  https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ OBA is Amsterdam’s central public library. Like many modern public libraries, the design of OBA is open, airy, modern, and facilitates interaction. I was personally quite taken by a wide staircase that also functions as a place to sit and…

Tūrunga, Ōtautahi (Christchurch), Aotearoa New Zealand – the ngakau (heart) of the city returning

Written by Kim Tairi, Auckland University of Technology / Twitter: @kimtairi  For how to contribute to Library Planet look here:  https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ On 22 February 2011 in Ōtautahi (Christchurch), Aotearoa New Zealand an earthquake shattered the city. Today as you walk around the central business district which was particularly hard hit, you occasionally find memorials to people who…

The Oxford Union Society Library – a walled haven

 Written by By Elizabeth Piper For how to contribute to Library Planet look here:  https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ This is the original Debate Chamber of the Nineteenth Century, now the main library, called the Old Library. Right in the heart of a tourist-filled Oxford lies the walled haven that is the Oxford Union Society Library. Surrounded by trees…

Unnaryd Public Library, Sweden – small town shared place between woods and lakes

Written by Library Planet editor Christian Lauersen, director of Libraries and Citizen Services in Roskilde Municipality, Denmark. For how to contribute to Library Planet look here: https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ Unnaryd is a small town located in Hylte Municipality in Sweden. Unnaryd has around 800 inhabitants and is a classy small Swedish town with wooden houses in red and yellow and…

Nyborg Public Library, Denmark – a Danish midcentury modern design pearl

Written by Library Planet editor Marie Eiriksson, library consultant, Denmark. For how to contribute to Library Planet look here:  https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ I recently had the good luck, to be able to attend a meeting at Nyborg Public Library. Having never been but knowing a little about the history of the place, I was excited to go! And…

Seattle Public Library, Seattle, USA – Everybody is welcome!

Written by Hanna Marie Roseen For how to contribute to Library Planet look here:  https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ I live in Seattle and this library is a well-frequented place of mine. It is located downtown and is easy to get to via light rail from my home and work. There are often events going on – I have…

The TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology – more than just a library: We organise tomorrow’s knowledge

Written by Dr. Sandra Niemeyer For how to contribute to Library Planet look here:  https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ More than just a library: The TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology, in Hannover, Germany, is not only the German National Library of Science and Technology and the world’s largest specialised library for science and technology. TIB is also continuing to expand its role as…