NAPLE Assembly 2014. Presentations (XI)

Today, you can read the Spanish presentation at NAPLE Assembly: the strategic lines related with public libraries and the projects carried out by the Spanish Subdirectorate of Library Coordination.

Spanish update. NAPLE 2014

NAPLE Assembly 2014. Presentations (X)

Today, you can read the Croatian presentation at NAPLE Assembly: among other information, you can read about the Croatian Library Council and its Strategy2013 – 2020.

Croatia. NAPLE 2014

NAPLE Assembly 2014. Presentations (IX)

Today, you can read Tine Vind’s presentation at NAPLE Assembly, where you’ll learn about Danish Public Libraries, the Danish Agency for Culture section Libraries and their strategy for 2014.

NAPLE 2014. Denmark

NAPLE Assembly 2014. Presentations (VIII)

Today, you can read Rianne Brouwers’ presentation at NAPLE Assembly 2014 about the strategy for public libraries at the Netherlands.

Netherlands Institute for Public Libraries (SIOB)

Report: “The library of the future, hub for knowledge, contact and culture”

How will the public library will look like in 2025?  The Netherlands Institute for Public Libraries (SIOB) tries to give an answer in this report published last January 2014.

Here you have a printable version:

The library of the future, hub for knowlegde, contact and culture.

And in this link you will find the full lay-out.


NAPLE Assembly 2014. Presentations (VII)

Today, you can read the Portuguese presentation at NAPLE Assembly where you’ll find the objectives and strategies for public libraries in this country

Portuguese Strategy for Public Library Service

NAPLE Assembly 2014. Presentations (VI)

Today, you can read the Norwegian presentation at NAPLE Assembly, featuring the Norwegian Library Act and the National development program.

Norway update

NAPLE Assembly 2014. Presentations (V)

Today, you can read the Lithuanian presentation at NAPLE Assembly. Among other information, you’ll know about the LiBiToP research project, some library figures and the projects for the future of Lithuanian libraries.

Libraries in Lithuania 2013

Danish Agency for Culture and schmidt hammer lassen architects launch new library and architecture award

Danish or foreign public libraries that opened in January 2012 or later may now participate in a competition for a new architecture award in the amount of DKK 25,000. The prize is awarded by the Danish Agency for Culture and schmidt hammer lassen architects

Public Library of the Year Award 2014

Schmidt hammer lassen architects – Public Library of the Year Award is the name of a new architecture prize that will be awarded for the first time in August 2014 in connection to the annual conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in Lyon, France.

The prize is an offshoot of the Model Programme for Public Libraries project of the Danish Agency for Culture and Realdania, which has motivated municipalities to develop the library of the future.

”The Model Programme for Public Libraries has given impetus to the debate about the process of transformation in which libraries are already engaged.  Libraries are changing from the librarian-run book library into a cultural meeting place and knowledge centre that takes its starting point in the needs and interests of the public and our new digital age,” says the director of the Danish Agency for Culture, Anne Mette Rahbæk.

”Architecture plays a vital role here, and we have been a little surprised at the considerable international interest in the project. We would like to follow up on this, and the honorary award will help maintain focus and interest,” says Anne Mette Rahbæk.

Meeting place for knowledge 

As the name indicates, the prize is sponsored by the practice schmidt hammer lassen architects, and it goes to the public agency that is responsible for the new library.

Modern libraries are one of the most important platforms for exchanging knowledge.  As opposed to information found on the internet, the knowledge that arises through collaboration and exchange between people in a library is of particular significance. That is why it is crucial for library architecture to support collaboration and create spaces that invite people to meet,” says Morten Schmidt, senior partner at schmidt hammer lassen architects.

Nominations for buildings must be made before midnight on 3 August 2014.  Applications may be filled out digitally, and the form may be found on the Model Programme’s homepage:

Terms and conditions for nomination
The first requirement to be considered is that the library must be a new construction or designed for a building that was not previously used as a library.  The new library must have opened in the period between 1 January 2012 and 16 June 2014.

The evaluation will take place on the basis of an overall assessment of six criteria: How it has involved the public and users; accessibility and interplay with surroundings; flexible functions that are adapted to user desires; architectural quality; digital communication in the building; and the architecture’s interplay with local culture.

The six criteria are described in more detail on the Model Programme’s homepage:

Panel of judges

  • Anne Mette Rahbæk, director, Danish Agency for Culture
  • Morten Schmidt, senior partner, schmidt hammer lassen architects
  • Kent Martinussen, director, Danish Architecture Centre
  • Jan Richards, manager, Central West Libraries, New South Wales, Australia. IFLA Public Libraries Section
  • Jens Lauridsen, head librarian, Tårnby Municipal Libraries
  • Marie Østergaard, project leader, Main Library, Aarhus

Additional information:
Danish Agency for Culture: Chief Adviser Jonna Holmgaard Larsen, +45 3373

Tine Vind                                                                                                                                     Head of Division for Libraries, The Danish Agency for Culture

e-Book lending project in Central Bohemia

The Central Bohemian Research Library in Kladno (public library, regional library for Central Bohemia) launched a project of e-book lending. The project was prepared in cooperation with the portal The service is connected with the catalogue of and borrowing is free for registered users of the library. They also have to be registered by The number of borrowed books is limited on 2 titles, one book can be lent to more patrons simultaneously. E-books can be read on START 2/3 and applications for smart phones and tablets with operation system and system Android.

You can find here the press release (in czech)