The National Library of Greece – a classic collection in a shiny new home

Written by Laura Cagnazzo Twitter: @LauraFCagnazzo For how to contribute to Library Planet look here:  https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ The new shiny home of the National Library of Greece was only completed last year. The Library has moved from the Vallianeio historic neoclassical building in downtown Athens to its new premises at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre…

Rikhardinkatu Library, Helsinki – the oldest public library in Finland

Written by Library Planet editor Marie Eiriksson, library consultant, Denmark. For how to contribute to Library Planet look here:  https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ In march I had the great luck to be able to go on a study trip to Helsinki with a colleague. While there I made it a point to visit local Libraries and was lucky to…

Halifax Central Library, Halifax, Canada – beautiful and bustling

Written by Hanna Marie Roseen For how to contribute to Library Planet look here:  https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ The Halifax Central Library is beautiful and bustling. Built in 2014, the library is open and lets in lots of light. I visited in the middle of the day during a week day, yet there were many people doing their…

Sydhavnen Library Karensminde, Copenhagen, Denmark – the perfect calm setting for a read

Written by Library Planet editor Marie Eiriksson, library consultant, Denmark. For how to contribute to Library Planet look here:  https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ A few weeks ago, on a rainy fall day, I visited my good friend Nicolas from Library School, who works in Copenhagen Public Libraries at Sydhavnen Library. Sydhavnen Library has been in the historical Karensminde building…

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…

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…