Category Archives: Libraries

(Update) On the Future of Public Libraries

I’ve done an update to my thinking on public libraries called ‘Novel Spaces: The Future of UK Public Libraries’, which can be found here. It’s for Quadrapheme, an online literary magazine. Apparently, the next issue features an essay arguing that … Continue reading

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Out and About

Here’s a first. I just had an email from Jesus! I could be making a giant mistake, but I put him in my spam file. On a totally unrelated note (unless Jesus is lying low in the Netherlands) I’ve just … Continue reading

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Things you should be able to do in your local library

Sorry, got caught up with some work and then somehow managed to open the car door onto my head, which confused me a bit. How is this even possible? Still rather sore 3 days on. Anyway, libraries… Following on from … Continue reading

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Why people use libraries

So it turns out that one of the most popular questions asked of public librarians in the Netherlands is….”where are the toilets?” Joking aside, the cleanliness and quality of bathrooms isn’t a bad USP. With McDonald’s it’s one of the … Continue reading

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Libraries as neutral community spaces

  Very good article in last weekend’s Financial Times by Edwin Heathcote (architecture correspondent) about Birmingham’s new £188 million public library. You’ll need to subscribe to read, but the best bits include a quote from Brian Gambles, whom I met … Continue reading

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Now we’re talking…

            Real or photoshop? (looks like Bondi)

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Not quite what I meant

     

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Idea of the month: Pop-up libraries

Has anyone ever done pop up public libraries? If the people are no longer going to libraries why not bring the libraries to the people? But here’s the good bit – possibly. If you had, say, a pop up library … Continue reading

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But What is a Public Library for?

Here’s a lovely list of things that public libraries are for via Brian Gambles, who is Project Director of the new Library of Birmingham (the largest library in Europe). Place making Knowledge growth and transfer Showcasing culture and learning Celebrating … Continue reading

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The World’s Best Public Libraries

For the last two years I’ve been walking around with a bit of red cardboard in my glasses case. The item in question is black on the reverse and the word ‘Silence’ is inscribed in small gold letters. What is … Continue reading

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