PBZ Pestalozzi-Bibliothek Zürich Sihlcity, Switzerland

Name of the Library: PBZ Pestalozzi-Bibliothek Zürich Sihlcity
Parent Organisation: PBZ Pestalozzi-Bibliothek Zürich

Street Address: Kalanderplatz 5, CH-8045 Zürich, Switzerland
Postal Address: same as above
Telephone : ++41 43 817 67 11
Web Address http://www.pbz.ch
Library Email: info@pbz.ch

Type of Library: District Special Library
Population served: 30 000
Project Type: New Building
Size (square metres): 677 m2
Date of Completion: 2007
Architect: Mrs Andrea Teuwen, Architect, Switzerland


The library is incorporated into a large new shopping centre and office building complex.
The building has direct access to public transport incl. rail link (The Zürich S-Bahn).


City of Perth Library, Western Australia, Australia


City of Perth Library– view of green wall and void. Image Kerry Hill Architects
City of Perth Library– view of green wall and void. Image Kerry Hill Architects

Name of the Library : City of Perth Library
Parent Organisation: City of Perth

Street Address: 573 Hay Street, Perth, Western Australia
Postal Address: GPO BOX C120, PERTH WA 6839
Telephone :+61 8 94613577
Web Address: http://www.perth.wa.gov.au/living-community/perth-city-library
Library Email : perth.library@cityofperth.wa.gov.au

Type of Library : Central Main Library
Population served:19,043
Project Type : New Building
Size (square metres): 3500
Date of Completion: May 2015
Architect: Kerry Hill Architects

City of Perth Library– view of green wall and void. ImageKerry Hill Architects
City of Perth Library– view of green wall and void. Image Kerry Hill Architects

The new City of Perth Library.
The round seven level building, designed by Kerry Hill Architects, includes a perimeter stair winding around the outside of the building, a large video wall, café, outdoor terrace and gaming area, outdoor story space for children, views of a green wall and outdoor reflection pond. On level one an elegant and reserved reading room forms the centre point of the building. From this vantage point visitors will be able to view the artwork on the ceiling three stories above. The Andrew Nichol’s drawing combines the story of The Tempest with colonial and natural themes that feature West Australian flora and fauna.

City of Perth Library view of green wall and void Kerry Hill Architects

Entresse Library, Finland

Name of the Library: Entresse Library
Parent Organisation: Espoo City Library

Street Address: Siltakatu 11
Postal Address: PL 3605
Telephone : +358 46 877 2740
Web Address
Library Email: anni.kaariainen@espoo.fi

Type of Library: District Library
Population served: 50 000
Project Type: Refurbishment
Size (square metres): 3000
Date of Completion 1.4.2009
Architect Architects Jukka Ollikainen / HKP Oy, Interior Architects / Monni & Koskivaara

Entresse Library is a living, multicultural library full of sounds and colors. Our personnel is identified visibly by staff vests. More than a quarter of our staff has an immigrant background and about one fifth of our collections are in foreign languages.

Entresse Library is wheelchair-accessible throughout and we also welcome families with small children. We provide areas for working, reading and socializing. Our customers can arrange their own art exhibitions. The playing area for children and the various facilities for young people and making music are in particular demand at the moment.

Entresse Library has also special equipment such as a lamination machine, a sewing machine and equipment for transferring content from vinyl records, cassettes or video tape to digital format. Jukeboksi – separate premises with a music studio and small stage for music and dancing events and a kitchen for cooking clubs was opened in April 2013.
Estradi is our Events Stage and our goal is to get the customers involved in organizing most of the events:
– Interviews, music, dance, drama, movies
– digital piano is available all the time on site
– Events for immigrants, events organized by immigrants
– Guidance in using HelMet Web Library, internet, iPad and mobile phones
– Estradi can be reserved for almost any purpose our customers can think of
All the events and seminars are free of charge. Drop by and listen to them for a couple of minutes or the entire show.
Kibe for Youth – here and now!
Meet our teenage customers and feel young again. Kibe is the territory for the young, and teenagers have taken it as their own. This is their kind of library section with welcoming feeling, non-discrimination and staff who are there just for teens and interested in their culture and their activities. Here the kids can relax, play all kind of games in a separate game room, find interesting books, create events together with the library or just hang around. There is no need to borrow a book!
– A place to meet people and talk with friends
– Young people’s information service
– Familiar staff
– There can be close to 70 teens during one evening
– Most of the fantasy books are here
Once a week librarians work together with a youth leader from Youth Service department of Espoo. The sessions started in 1.1.2014 and this unique collaboration has been a success!
Music department and Jukeboksi
Entresse Music Library activates your senses. You can borrow, listen, train, record and perform. Experience music totally, act as a subject to the extreme.
– CDs, Music DVDs, Music magazines, sheet music and music books
– Listen to music, play music
– Music events stage (in Jukeboksi)
– A digital piano, which includes headphone output
– Record your own music in the studio (in Jukeboksi)

Library of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Library of Birmingham. Photographer Paul Tovell
Library of Birmingham. Photographer Paul Tovell

Name of the Library: Library of Birmingham, UK
Parent Organisation: Birmingham City Council, UK

Street Address: Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2ND, UK
Postal Address: Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2ND, UK
Telephone : +44 (0)121 2424242 (Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm)
Web Address: http://www.libraryofbirmingham.com
Library Email: enquiries@libraryofbirmingham.com

Type of Library: Central/ Main, Regional Library
Population served: About 1 million people live in the city of Birmingham, but the library also serves as a regional hub for the West Midlands region of England.
Project Type: New Building
Size (square metres): 31,000
Date of Completion: 2013
Architect: Mecanoo

Interior of Library of Birmingham. Photographer Paul Tovell.
Interior of Library of Birmingham. Photographer Paul Tovell.

The new library was designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. BREEAM is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and enables a building’s environmental performance to be measured. Environmentally friendly features include the use of low carbon technology for heating and cooling, low energy lighting and water conservation systems.

The Library of Birmingham has two elevated outdoor garden terraces, which offer an environment for visitors to unwind, socialize and learn, as well as bringing environmental benefits through offsetting carbon emissions and attracting wildlife and local ecology. Planting on the 3rd floor Discovery Terrace includes fruit, vegetable and herbs, and provides an opportunity to help local people to learn about where food comes from and about healthy eating. It also aims to inspire people in the community to get involved with the Library through gardening and to grow their own.
Planting on both garden terraces provides welcome green space high above the busy streets in the heart of the city centre, with the 7th floor terrace, The Secret Garden, in particular being a quieter space with denser planting. The Library is aiming to achieve a BREEAM Excellent status, and the Brown Roof and landscaping on the terraces will contribute to this, forming a natural City Centre habitat for local wildlife and birds.

And if you’re looking to do your bit to reduce your carbon footprint, the site is well-served by public transport and there will also be bicycle parking racks near the entrance on Centenary Square.

Awards, case studies, further information
RIBA Building of the Year 2014
Library of Birmingham

Upper Coomera Branch Library, Queensland, Australia

Upper c 2
Name of the Library: Upper Coomera Branch Library
Parent Organisation: City of Gold Coast

Street Address: Corner Reserve and Abraham Roads, Upper Coomera, Queensland, Australia
Postal Address: PO Box 5042 GCMC, Qld 9729, Australia
Telephone : 61 7 5582 9300
Web Address: cityofgoldcoast.com.au/library
Library Email: upclibrary@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Type of Library: Multipurpose building
Population served: 22,816
Project Type: New Building
Size (square metres): Library 1,004m2; Integrated facility 4000
Date of Completion: 2013
Architect: City of Gold Coast and Daryl Jackson Architecture

The Upper Coomera Branch Library opened 29 April 2013, and is a key feature of Upper Coomera Centre provided by the City of Gold Coast. There are a range of services in the one location provided for convenience and accessibility including:
• Community Centre including multi-purpose hall, five meeting rooms, youth space (including recording studio), arts space, computer lab and Non-Government Office space
• Recreational aquatic facility including recreational pool, with toilets and leisure rooms for a variety of activities, and children’s’ water play
• Councillor Office
• Commercial café with alfresco space
• City of Gold Coast Customer Service Centre
• Anzac Memorial
• Large common foyer space utilised for functions and activities
• Semi commercial kitchen
• Outdoor space that provides a natural amphitheatre for performance and other activities

The Upper Coomera Centre is an innovative design and includes a range of sustainability initiatives such as solar hot water, harvesting of rain water for use in toilets, air conditioning and irrigation, efficient lighting, ‘low e’ glass, water efficient plumbing fixtures, external shading devices and efficiencies in air conditioning. The site has been developed so as to be sympathetic to the existing land form and vegetation.
The central location makes the facility accessible by both public transport routes and major arterial road for vehicles. It is a single level building, for ease of access by all user groups, and includes features such as Braille signage, and access ramps in the pool. The Centre is located within walking distance to four large K-12 schools, and services a demographic that is predominantly young families.

The library features large expanses of glass, providing a sunny, welcoming community space with a range of comfortable seating throughout to encourage the use as a social meeting space. The collections and layout of the library reflect the demographic, including separate areas each for young children, juniors and teens. In addition to public access PC’s customers are able to take advantage of the free wifi and readily accessible power points to utilise their own devices to access the internet and online resources available through the library.
Library programs target all segments of the community, ranging from regular children’s programming through to family history and computing courses for adults. A range of sessions target children in the after school and school holiday periods with many activities aimed at encouraging children to engage with literacy and learning in a fun way. The library also works in partnership with local service providers to provide sessions such as job searching, parenting and financial literacy courses based on community need. In addition the library works with community based organisations such as Pacific Arts and Cultural Heritage Inc. to provide programs such as Waitangi Day celebrations for the local Maori community.

The library is open 53 hours per week, Monday to Saturday. Usage of and visitation to the Centre is growing rapidly and consistently. In the first year of operation the library registered over 10,000 customers and averaged over 800 visitors per day. Of the 11,500 people attending library programs, more than 8000 people were attracted to the 350 storytelling activities. More than 20,000 people utilised the public wifi, in addition to 21,000 hours of public PC usage.

Awards, case studies, further information
2014 Parks and Leisure Queensland Regional Awards of Excellence – LiquidBlu Award for Leisure Facilities (http://www.parksleisure.com.au/regions/qld/regional-awards-of-excellence )
Master Builders Queensland Gold Coast Housing & Construction Awards 2014 – Sporting & Community Service Facilities $5 million – $20 million

More information regarding Upper Coomera Centre http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/community/upper-coomera-centre-6315.html

Elanora Branch Library, Queensland, Australia


Elanora Branch Library
Elanora Branch Library

Name of the Library: Elanora Branch Library
Parent Organisation: City of Gold Coast

Street Address: Pines Shopping Centre, Guineas Creek Rd, Elanora QLD 4221, Australia
Postal Address: PO Box 5042, GCMC QLD 9729, Australia
Telephone : 61 7 5581 1671
(incl Country code)
Web Address: https://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/library
Library Email: lcs@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Type of Library: Regional Library
Population served: 50205
Project Type: New Building
Size (square metres): 2627
Date of Completion: 2007
Architect: Dale Cohen Architects


The Elanora Branch Library was designed as a “floating” elevated faceted and sculptured form a-top a columned base to integrate with the busy Pines Shopping Centre. The design creates a library that is exciting to visit, easy to use and manage. The library has been designed as a place to meet and interact. Landscaping, paved open areas, outdoor seating, abundant parking and easy proximity to the surrounding facilities makes the Library an ideal community meeting space. The internal space has a modernist, clean line aesthetic that defines the functionality of the space for designated user age groups and activities.

The Library was funded under a public private partnership between the QLD State Government, HSP – the owners of the shopping centre, and the City of Gold Coast. Costing around $10.6 million to build, it features ecologically-sustainable design elements. Its climate sensitive design, including numerous solar/energy initiatives and water efficiency systems enabled this civic building to achieve a high benchmark standard for sustainability.


The Library offers a full range of programs and services, both internally and through outreach activities in the community. Through the wider City of Gold Coast Library network, Elanora offers the local community access to nearly 1 million items in a range of formats, access to computers, Wi-Fi and meeting rooms. Regular and varied programs, designed for junior, youth and adults are offered on a regular basis. Computer skills, general lifestyle and leisure to at-home business development are all on offer. Like-minded people meet in the Library to improve their English language skills, discuss books, tell stories, discuss knitting patterns, and play mah-jong and much more.

Awards, case studies, further informationGold Coast Urban Design Award for Public Architecture (2007)
2007 Community Service Facility $2m – $10m State and Regional

Katoomba Library, NSW, Australia

Katoomba Library and Cultural Centre

Name of the Library: Katoomba Library
Parent Organisation: Blue Mountains City Council

Street Address: 30 Parke St Katoomba NSW 2780 AUSTRALIA
Postal Address: Blue Mountains City Council Locked Bag 1005 Katoomba NSW 2780 AUSTRALIA
Telephone : +612 4780 5750

Web Address: http://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/yourcommunity/library or http://bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au/new-katoomba-library/
Library Email: library@bmcc.nsw.gov.au

Type of Library: Joint use
Population served: 15,000
Project Type: New Building
Size: (square metres): 896m2
Date of Completion: November 2012
Architect: Building by Hassells Architects 
Interior Design & Fitout by CK Design International

Childrens area with '3 Sisters seating'
Childrens area with ‘3 Sisters seating’

With a panoramic vista as the backdrop, the Blue Mountains City Library opened the new Katoomba Library branch on Saturday 17 November, 2012.

Situated within the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, the Library boasts the best views of any Library in the southern hemisphere. With plenty of natural light and lots of comfortable spaces for diverse community activities, it is also the first new library to be built in the Blue Mountains for over 30 years. The design, developed by CK Design International, is elegant and spacious, taking advantage of the location to provide breath-taking views of the Katoomba Township and the Jamison Valley beyond.

Since the grand opening, there has been a steady stream of members and visitors, with new membership rates across the library network increasing by up to 87%. Fortunately, the new building has nearly 3 times more space to accommodate this increase!   Numbers through the door doubled immediately and have continued to grow, month by month!

The new library includes adjustable meeting rooms, an inviting children’s area with specialised seating, and a mezzanine level with a brilliant view and lots of comfortable lounges allowing people to sit back and appreciate living in a World Heritage listed area. A laptop bench with plenty of access to power points and an increase in the number of computers available to the public have quickly proved themselves to be valuable aspects of the new library.

Meeting rooms host a number of events, from Author talks, to book launches, Poetry Slams, Children’s School Holiday activities, Storytimes, writing workshops, book groups and so much more. The Library has become an integral community hub.

If you haven’t had a chance to see this impressive new building yet, it is well worth a visit. Make a day of it and browse the library, tour the Art Gallery and Blue Mountains World Heritage Exhibition, get lunch or a coffee from the Cultural Centre Café.

Katoomba Library
Katoomba Library

Awards, case studies, further information



The overall winner, and winner of the Education category, was the impressive design by CK Design International of the Katoomba Library. A playful and inspiring interior, the judges commented, “How wonderful that a public project was able to be created into a comfortable healthy space that feels like you are in your own living room. The coupling of green interior products and design in this public building enables an extended reach of education about sustainability.”

Ryde Library, NSW, Australia


Ryde Library’s Distinctive Exterior.
Ryde Library’s Distinctive Exterior.

Name of the Library: Ryde Library
Parent Organisation: Council of the City of Ryde

Street Address: 1 Pope St, RYDE NSW 2112
Postal Address: Locked Bag 2069, North Ryde 1680
Telephone : (+612) 9952 8352
(incl Country code)
Web Address: http://www.ryde.nsw.gov.au/library
Library Email: rydelibrary@ryde.nsw.gov.au

Type of Library Central/ Main Library
Population served: 124, 505
Project Type : New Building
Size (square metres): 2031
Date of Completion: May 2011
Architect: Graham Bakewell Architects

Ryde Library Grand Piano

Ryde Library is an inspiration of light, colour and activity, designed to create an inviting people space. Its clever use of subtle design elements creates a fresh, clean look that seamlessly guides foot traffic and meets the diverse needs of library users. Located next to the restaurants of a bustling shopping centre, the library is in an ideal location to be the heart of its community.

Its key strengths can be detailed in two ways; its form and flexibility.
In terms of form, Ryde Library has streamlined the traditional library model by zoning its floor plan and controlling curve and shape to direct pedestrian traffic. Areas are co-located by noise level and purpose. The entrance to the library gives way to a cathedral like area where computers, graphic novels and junior fiction are grouped in an exciting area. Long, stretching windows festooned with lounge chairs fill this vibrant and high energy space with light and the sprawling vista of the bustling highway below. There can be no mistake, with its array of comfortable chairs and tables, this area is intended for collaboration. The second, quieter area forested with the collection and desk/booth style seating is the domain of quiet study and book perusal, flagged by a lower ceiling and the nested design of the shelving.

Ryde Library Genre and Subject Rooms
Ryde Library Genre and Subject Rooms

An innovative use of curves and angles attracts the eye and prompts library users into a walking flow that offers them a view of all available areas as they pass before delivering them directly into the library’s extensive collection. Colours also interplay with shape to allow for the easy identification of key areas. Walls curve and stretch, blazoned in a bright orange that pulls the library user into the space. This is complemented by orange and green lounging chairs which line walls and furnish nooks to keep the eye engaged. Angled rooms combine with angled shelving configurations to encourage users to leave no path unexplored.
In terms of flexibility, the library floor plan is easily worked into multiple configurations. With all its shelving on wheels and with movable furniture, the library can be moulded to fit its current purpose or need. Events and programs with larger audiences can easily be accommodated by adjusting shelving placement and supplying additional lightweight seating that would normally reside out of sight in nearby storage. For example, large authors platform events with journalist Paul Barry (2014) and astronomer Fred Watson (2013) that brought over one hundred attendees were easily furnished through the innate dexterity of the floor plan. Wheeled tables in meeting rooms allow for space repurposing for small events of fifty or less. Cushioned ‘lilypads’ and bollards transform the children’s area from an exploratory, self-determined space into a welcoming, softer zone for Rhymetimes and Storytimes where library staff can seamlessly create parking space for prams, direct incoming pedestrian traffic and engage audiences of one hundred or more at a time. After the session, the area easily returned to its former glory with the reintroduction of games and equipment, including a giant chess set.
This flexibility also allows the accommodation of ‘reading nooks’ and ‘genre rooms’ as library shelving can be easily moved to create corners and enclosed areas. These inviting alcoves, fitted with low tables and lounge chairs, create a feeling of comfort and protection. These niches surround the reader in their subject or genre of choice – Students, for example, throng together in the science and technology section as they study and use the resources (and gossip too) while the Lee Child enthusiast will pull up a chair in the curve of the crime and mystery section, looking over to the thriller section, encasing them in a visual representation of their favourite stories and novels. Well placed television screens provide a rotating presentation of library events and information, while a large projection screen beyond the service desk provides an ever-changing display of favourite literary quotes, poems and artworks to inspire readers old and new. Power sockets and library wifi allow users to choose any area that pleases them.
Ryde Library continues to experience growth in visits, loans and wifi logins which demonstrates its growing role in the local community. Its clear and distinctive design makes it an evident landmark and a vibrant community space. Its form provides easy access to its treasures, as its flexibility tailors to the breadth of the library’s services.

Helensvale Library, Queensland, Australia

Helensvale main entry
Helensvale Library main entry. John Mills Photography

Library Name: Helensvale Branch Library
Parent Organisation: City of Gold Coast

Street Address: Cnr Lindfield Road and Sir John Overall Drive, Helensvale, Gold Coast, QLD 4212 AUSTRALIA
Postal Address: PO Box 5042, GCMC, QLD 9729, AUSTRALIA
Telephone: + 61 7 55811625
Web address:https://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/library/default.html
Library Email:hellibrary@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Type of Library: Medium size town library ,Multipurpose  building
Population served:
Project Type: New Building
Size (square metres): Building 4895m2 Library space: 2437m2
Date of Completion: July 2013
Architect: Lahznimmo architects

John Mills Photography
John Mills Photography

Opening in July 2013, Helensvale Branch Library and Cultural centre is a city first for the City of Gold Coast. Incorporating a large multi-level branch library, 208 seat auditorium, Media Lab, Recording Studio, Dance/ rehearsal rooms, community meeting spaces and Divisional Councillor’s office, this building provides the community access to a range of City services in one location.

In addition to a large library with a collection of over 110,000 items, the building encourages increased community engagement through access to a range of other service and facilities. The building has a large open public piazza and internal foyer space called the Neighbourhood Room and this space, while connecting the range of services available, is also used to host a variety of activities for the community and private organisations.

Helensvale Branch Library houses the Gold Coast Media Lab. The Media Lab is a digital design and innovation space and is available to residents to work individually or collaboratively on digital projects. The Lab also offers 3D printing to the public using a Projet 260c conceptual model making printer. The 3D printer is a manufacturing quality printer and offers the community access to advance 3D technology and is the first publicly available 3D printer of its kind in Australasia. The Media Lab offers a range of advance computer training programs to the public including 3D design, graphic design, audio visual creation, web design, coding and app creation.

Through spaces like the Media Lab, Recording Studio and Auditorium, City Libraries has had the opportunity to develop and promote creative and cultural opportunities through partnerships with local agencies and groups. City Libraries has supported the first “artist in Residence” youth theatre and the development of a theatre development program through use of the auditorium and library spaces for rehearsal and performance space. The Media Lab has supported a local design artist to produce an augmented reality sculpture and is supporting local business through access to digital resources. In turn these partnerships have allowed the Library to deliver advanced library programming to customers including 3D design and web creation workshops.

The branch library has a large youth demographic within its community and as part of its focus has worked on improving engagement with people aged 0 to 20. With a purpose built children’s area (including its own slide), the library encourages children to engage with the library in a fun and new way. The library’s regular children’s literacy programmes frequently have over 60 children attend each weekly session.

In addition to the regular children’s programming, the library engages with the teen demographic through encouraging the library as a study and social meeting place. The library successfully delivers teen programming throughout the year including weekly drop-in events, yoga sessions and after-hours teen only sessions in the library. In May 2014, Helensvale hosted the inaugural Gold Coast Teen Tech Week event. Over 90 teenagers engaged with the Tech Week events including coding, app creation, music editing, 3D design and printing and an online gaming challenge.

Monthly, on average, Helensvale Branch Library provides library service to 25,500 people, loaning 55,000 items to customers and delivers 50 events to an audience of 900 people.

Helensvale Childrens
Helensvale children’s area. John Mills Photography.

Awards, case studies, further information
• March 2014: Lahznimmo architects and Complete Urban receive Public Architecture Commendation for Helensvale Branch Library and Community Cultural Youth Centre at the AIA 2014 Queensland Regional Architecture Awards Gold Coast & Northern Rivers.
Architecture and Design: Learned architecture: Australia’s best new libraries for 2014,
ArchDaily article on building
Article written by architect

City Library in Zagreb, Croatia

City Library in Zagreb
City Library in Zagreb

Name of the Library: City Library in Zagreb
Parent Organisation: Zagreb City Libraries

Street Address:Starčević Square 6
Postal Address:10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Telephone :+385 (0)1 4694 300
Web Address: http://www.kgz.hr
Library Email:gradska.knjiznica@kgz.hr

Type of Library: Central/ Main Library
Population served: General population, students, pupils, children and young adults, LIS professionals, etc.
Project Type: Conversion
Size (square metres): 2,560 m²
Date of Completion: 1895
Architect: Leo Hönigsberg and Julije Deutsch

Zagreb City Library departments
Zagreb City Library departments

The City Library is located in the very city centre, just a few steps away from the Central Train Station and a few minutes from the main square in a building Starčević’s House. The building was built in 1895 and the interior was slightly remodelled to accommodate the City Library in 1995. Departments and collections are situated on three floors within the building. Reference and Information Department is on the ground level, together with Daily and Weekly Newspapers Reading room, Central Ruthenium and Ukrainian Library, Bindery and a part of technical services. Administrative offices, Newspapers and Periodicals Reading room with spaces for quiet study and the Collection of rare and valuable books and manuscripts RaRa are on the first floor. The RaRa collection includes incunabula dating from the 1487, valuable editions of the Croatian and European heritage and many glagolic scripts from the 16th century. Second floor accommodates the Acquisition and Processing Department, Reference Collection Reading room with spaces for quiet study, the LIS Collection and Local History Collection Zagrabiensia. Research and Development Department for public and school libraries and Financial and accounting Service are on the 3rd floor. Two main exhibition areas and galleries are in the entrance area and on the 3rd floor, while other places are multifunctional and can be used for various art and music event. Music Department and Department for Children and Young Adults are adjacent to the main library building. The Department for Children and Young Adults was founded in 1950 as first children’s library in Croatia. It also houses the Croatian Centre for Children’s Book that in 1995 became the Croatian section of IBBY and the

Zagreb City Library Programs
Zagreb City Library Programs

Media Department.

The City Library cooperates with local administration, many cultural, educational and professional institutions and associations and other interested partners, while more than 50 volunteers are actively included in various library programmes. Main goal is to provide better programmes and services for different library users (children, young adults, people with disabilities, elderly, etc.) that anticipate and satisfy their needs and encourage social inclusion. Recently developed and implemented programmes are: Zita Reads – I’m Your Dog, Read to me Aloud (for encouraging reading literacy with children), 65+ (for the elderly), A book for a Roof (for the homeless) and Library Doors Wide Open (for people with disabilities, such as Let’s Learn About Musical Instruments programme for the blind and visually impaired) that have been internationally recognized (e.g. programme A Book for a Roof has been awarded with the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme for 2011/2012.).

Awards, case studies, further information
IRA Award for Innovative Reading Promotion (2001)
Charter of the City of Zagreb for 50th Anniversary of the Literary Friday (2005)
City of Zagreb Award (2007)
ERSTE Foundation Award for social inclusion projects in middle and South-East Europe (2007)
EIFL – Public Library Innovation Programme for 2011/2012