Category Archives: Denmark

Website upgrade for the Model programme for Public Libraries

You’re probably familiar with the Danish Model Programme for Public Libraries; we’ve published some posts talking about this initiative, which we find really interesting, here and here

Launched in 2012, “the purpose of the Model Programme is to provide innovative suggestions as to how modern libraries can contribute to urban development, and how libraries’ physical settings can be developed in order to support the libraries’ new role in the best possible way” (source). 

They offer “a web-based inspiration catalogue and tools that are to communicate new knowledge, best practice and inspiration for brand new space/function interplay for library developers. This is done in a visually orientated format where brief texts are supported by photos, figures and principles outlined for design”.   

Now, they’ve launched the new version of their website, making it more attractive and offering more content: new descriptions of libraries with new photos, the News and Events Section, etc.

You can find them here:

Danish Model Programme for Public Libraries

The Model Programme for Public Libraries is an ambitious project launched and funded by the Danish Agency for Culture and Realdania. It offers “an interactive, web-based inspiration catalogue and tools that are to communicate new knowledge, best practices and inspiration for brand new space/function interplay for library developers”

From the beginning in October 2012 the program contemplated a dialogue with its end users (library managers and developers) through 2 Conferences and was tested in “local change projects” who enthusiastically participated in a tailor-made design workshop.

You can visit their web page for further information:

Or contact Tone Lunden, member of the Steering Committee for the Programme:

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

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

The “four-space model” for libraries in Denmark

Two weeks ago we published a post about a new model for building user-oriented libraries, the so called “four-space model”. Today, we bring you a specification of this model, in the form of an article presented at the last IFLA Conference by Jens Thorhauge, director of the Danish Authority for Libraries and Media and former NAPLE Chair under the title “Creating a model-program for the building of future public libraries and their role in culture led redesign of urban spaces”.

You’ll find the article in this link


The four-space model in libraries

 Nordic countries have always had a user-oriented approach when it comes to libraries. The newest model considers four spaces: the learning space, the inspiration space, the meeting space, and the performance space, which reflects the goals of libraries today (experience, involvement, empowerment, and innovation) and contemplates both virtual and physical environments.

To deepen inside the four-space model, you can read this article by Henrik Jochumsen, Dorte Skot-Hansen and Casper Hvenegaard Rasmussen

Rural and remote libraries in Northern Europe

Scandinavian Library Quarterly has released its latest issue, a monographic on Rural and remote libraries. You can read the full text through their web page: best practices and state-of-the-art in this area of northern Europe. In this issue you’ll find articles from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.

SLQ was first published in 1968 and provides free access to the full texts since 2002. Each issue is dedicated to different aspects of public libraries: school libraries, life-long learning or library space are some of the latest topics.

For more information visit

Libraries in Denmark: useful information

Tine Vind, Head of Division for Libraries from the Danish Agency for Culture, sends us some information about libraries in Denmark we think may be of your interest:

 The “Act regarding library services”, signed in Copenhagen in 2001, containing the legal basis for all kinds of public libraries in Denmark.

The public libraries in the knowledge society : Summary from the committee on public libraries in the knowledge society (2010), a 13-page English summary of the report that underlies much of the Danish Agency for Culture’s strategic efforts with the library sector.

Two links to library sections within the Danish Government: the The Ministry of Culture’s section on libraries, Denmark and the section on libraries of the Danish Agency for Culture

NAPLE Seminar on eBooks, 2013. Presentations (II)

The NAPLE Seminar on eBooks was held in Milan last 13th  May. Today, Erik Thorlund Jepsen’s presentation about E-books in Denmark.


NAPLE’s Annual Assembly, 2013. Presentations (IV)

Fourth  presentation we publish from NAPLE’s Annual Assembly. Today, Perspectives from Denmark, by Tine Vind, Head of Division for Libraries, Danish Agency for Culture.

Perspectives from Denmark