Reimagining the library

Original articles and features on library design trends and library service design, commissioned by Designing Libraries.

Idea Store interior
Idea Store, Tower Hamlets. Copyright Bisset Adams

  • Dokk1: Impressions of an impressive library
    Denmark’s Dokk1 is helping to redefine the concept of ‘library’ as an urban, cultural, creative, community space.
  • Designing beautiful data
    As BDS celebrates 21 years originating and supplying library data, John Hudson looks back on how much has changed, and how the design and presentation of data is now an integral part of the user journey of discovery.
  • Designing college libraries for Generation Z
    Generation Z students are ‘the first tribe of true digital natives’ or ‘screengagers’, demanding more from the library space than their predecessors.
  • A social hub of information, technology and services
    A profile of the new learning centre at the University of Leuven illustrates how architectural spaces are being repurposed for effective learning.
  • The Library of Birmingham: engaging the community
    The new Library of Birmingham will have a huge impact on the people of Birmingham and the region. It was important to engage the community at every stage.
  • Rethinking libraries in Surrey
    Two new library refurbishment projects in Surrey have allowed the library service to introduce new ideas and new ways of working, writes Katie Kinnear.
  • Idea Stores: the next generation
    The Idea Store concept pioneered in Tower Hamlets is now ten years old. What lessons have been learned - and what still remains to be learned?

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