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…

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 Storyhouse, Chester, England – Once upon a time there lived a library…

Written by Phil Segal For how to contribute to Library Planet look here:  https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ Once upon a time in a land far, far away… Chester, North West England, to be precise – there lived a library.  The history of The Storyhouse reads like something of a fairytale in itself; a formerly unremarkable repository that had seen…