• Library Buildings in Europe

  • The Library Buildings in Europe website records  examples of good and interesting library buildings throughout Europe; it is a benchmarking tool for all those involved in new or refurbished library building projects including librarians, architects or any other professionals.

    The aim is to inspire and support anyone working on a library building project – a new building, an extension, a renovation, or a reworking of interior spaces. The wide variety of case studies will enable those involved in such projects to pick up on new trends, to share knowledge and experience, and to learn from, and make contact with, each other.

    Members of the LIBER Architecture Group (LIBER LAG) are delighted to offer this project as a tool to stimulate innovative ideas and new approaches to transforming the library model in the 21st century.

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  • De Krook Gent library building architecture design exterior view
    Eric Bouvier , De Krook

    De Krook Library

    Ghent, 2017.

    In 2009 an architectural competition was organised for a public place with lots of space for reading, learning and living in the city. In this digital era, a city library’s role has changed. In a society which offers an abundance of information, there is a need to help people navigate the available knowledge. Where it used to be a place for sheer lending, now it needs to be a place for reading, learning and living. It is still an oasis of peace and quiet, with the same extensive collections, but it offers more cosy reading corners and quiet reading and study areas. It is also a place to meet people during lectures or debates, to develop skills in workshops, to experiment in the ‘maker’s lab’, to collaborate in research, to study and much more. There is a structural partnership with Ghent University and Imec Research and Development centre. The University gets opportunities to present its research to the outside world and involve visitors in academic activities. Imec brings innovation closer to the public, they strongly believe that innovation with a positive impact on society can only be achieved if companies, the research world, citizens and the government join forces.

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