2010 vision: Transformation Lab at Aarhus Public Library, Denmark

Posted May 14th 2007 @ 12:41 am by

While we’re gazing toward 2010, here is an amazing 7 minute video of the Transformation Lab experiment in a Danish Library that transforms one library space into many possible library futures. My favourite bit is the “questions floor”, where library users can answer questions projected onto the library floor via their mobile phones.

Alane at OCLC’s It’s All Good blog describes it so well.

Prototyping the Future Library

Thanks to Darlene Fichter for pointing out this really excellent video from the Aarhus Public Library in Denmark. “When everything is available online, why come to the library at all?” The video attempts to answer this.

It is in English and reports on a project they called The Transformation Lab that included the Literature Lab, the Music Lab (which included an Inspiration Zone), the News Lab, The Square, and the Exhibition Lab.

They present five lessons learned (and shown):
– flexible spaces are necessary
– open events are a good idea and well received
– the physical library needs to be augmented with interactive technology
– networking is critical among users, IT specialists, library staff, architects etc
– users need to have a more visible role inside the library

Simple techniques produced the greatest impact…the users like to become involved “as long as it was not too much trouble and providing it brings about an instant result.”

The narrator comments that users have been forced to dismiss the book as library brand (makes me wonder if they’ve read The Perceptions report) and that they are co-creators of a new library space.


  1. Patricia
    June 27, 2007 at 02:28

    Very interesting to see this made it back home! Public libraries here in dk are undergoing transformation due to funding cuts (familiar story), yet still remain innovative and exciting in what is being discussed and being produced. We could do a lot worse than looking at what is coming out of dk in terms of their ‘labs’. Along with the above there is also the Learning Lab and Knowledge Lab putting forward some debate worthy ideas.

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