Oodi library opens in Helsinki
Helsinki Central Library, known as Oodi, opened to the public on 5 December at 8 am, a day before Finland’s 101st birthday.
Treehouse or amphitheatre?
Two recent projects carried out by BookSpace illustrate how good library design encourages primary school pupils to read, in spaces both large and small.
Christchurch central library opens
Tūranga, Christchurch New Zealand’s new central library, has opened its doors: a landmark building and a ‘game changer’ for the city.
Taiwan’s impressive libraries
The winning design for the new southern branch of the Taiwan National Library has been announced. Taiwan News looks at Taiwan’s other top libraries.
Modernising library spaces
Some recent news posts illustrate how library services are meeting budget challenges to focus on libraries’ wider community function as ‘universal spaces’.
Helsinki's library of the future
Helsinki Central Library - known as Oodi - will open December 2018. Princh interviewed its Director, Anna-Maria Soininvaara.
A library under the stars
Demco Interiors has completed the design and interior furnishing of the new build Space, Science and Study Centre at the Winston Churchill School, Woking.
How a corridor became a learning street
Great Ouse Primary Academy, Bedfordshire, not only features a centrally located Learning Resource Centre but an interactive ‘learning street’ extending from it.
Greener libraries worldwide
The IFLA Green Library Award for 2018 has been won by Foshan Library in Guangdong province, China, for its commitment to sustainability principles.
Merton’s first sensory library
Children in Merton can now immerse themselves in the wonderful world of make-believe at the new sensory library in Morden.
Creating a circular shelving system
A project to maximise the space within a round room, making the most of the curves yet maintaining the amount of light to create a welcoming library space.
York's new community hub
The new Explore Centre in York combines library, café and hi-tech community hub, created on the site of the former Burnholme Community College.
Notts inspires!
Ruddington, Mansfield Woodhouse and Ravenshead libraries have been refurbished by Nottinghamshire’s Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries.
Ireland's public libraries 2022
Ireland launches its new strategy for libraries, abolishing fines and extending opening hours as part of its 2022 vision for a more open library system.
Help build a library in Nepal
An enterprising voluntary outfit in the UK is raising funds to create a library for children in remote villages in earthquake-hit Nepal.
Mind-building in Finland
Finland's recent exhibition at the 2018 Venice Biennale was a tribute to public libraries and library architects.
New wave of funding for Welsh libraries
The Transformation Capital Grant Programme supports museums, archives and libraries to transform services and ensure their future sustainability.
Co-creating sixth form study space
Roundhay School Secondary Campus, Leeds, has the largest sixth form in the city with over 500 students. Demco Interiors has designed its modern study space.
Sutton Coldfield library reborn
Refurbished Sutton Coldfield town centre library, incorporating the Little Green Bookworm play café, has opened today, thanks to an inspiring collaboration.
Essex opens Chelmsford families hub
Chelmsford’s new children’s library and local hub for family services has officially opened following a £316,000 makeover.
Libraries need to evolve digitally
While most library users are happy with the physical spaces of libraries, far fewer are satisfied with their online experience, according to a new report.
Ten public libraries in Belgium
A fascinating tour of specialist subject libraries in Belgium, from architecture to feminism, to art - highlighting the continuing relevance of libraries.
Public Library of the Year Award
Applications are now open for the international award, presented by IFLA and sponsored by the IT company, Systematic.
Keeping pace with digital
But it is not just the technology that has changed — the way people use libraries and their spaces is changing dramatically.
Colliers Wood new library opens
Merton Council has opened a brand new purpose-built library in the centre of Colliers Wood to replace the former Donald Hope Library.
Early Carnegie library to be restored
Greenwich is to go ahead with plans to transform Plumstead's Carnegie library building into a multi-functional library, leisure, cultural and sports centre.
Refurbished library opens in Hexham
The newly refurbished Queen’s Hall in Hexham has re-opened. The historic building now houses the town’s library, customer and visitor information centre.