Designing a library for changing needs

Facing declining visitors, the new town of Almere in the Netherlands redesigned its libraries based on the changing needs and desires of library users.

11 August 2014

Almere New Library

In 2010 library administrators opened the Nieuwe Bibliotheek (New Library), a thriving community hub that looks more like a bookstore than a library.

In this new article on the Shareable website, Cat Johnson describes the library's facilities - which include a cafe, an events programme, gaming and a reading garden.

In an interview with librarians from the New Library she explores the library's approach to radical change, its retail design and the reaction of the more traditional librarian to this new approach.

And you can learn more about the Serendipity Machine: 'The S2M Serendipity Machine makes it possible to set up a personal profile based on skills and knowledge. By this facility, visitors can sign up when they are present. In this way, their knowledge and skills are visible to others.'

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