Alby bibliotek, Norsborg, Sweden

The entrance of Alby bibliotek
The entrance of Alby bibliotek

Name of the Library: Alby bibliotek
Parent Organisation: Bibliotek Botkyrka (The libraries of Botkyrka)

Street Address: Albyvägen 6C
Postal Address: SE-14559 Norsborg, Sweden
Telephone : +46(0) 8 – 530 629 80
(incl Country code)
Web Address http://bibliotek.botkyrka.se
Library Email alby.bibliotek@botkyrka.se

Type of Library: Small Community Library
Population served: 12 000
Project Type : Conversion
Size (square metres): 450
Date of Completion: April 2008
Architect: SandellSandberg arkitekter (Erik Möller and Ida Wanler)

The interior seen from above with the characteristic green round shelves, the red ceiling and the place built study places to the right.
The interior seen from above with the characteristic green round shelves, the red ceiling and the place built study places to the right.

Description
Consider such things as  external and internal design and features, location, partnerships, environmental sustainability, innovation, accessibility, programs and services

Alby bibliotek is a small community library in a multi-ethnical suburb to Stockholm. The entrance is spectacular with its round ceiling and big neon sign and the interior challenge the common view of a library with its roundly shaped green bookshelves and place built study and computer tables.

Alby bibliotek has a big range of activities, many of them in co-operation with other organizations of the local community, for example:
• Svenska med baby (Swedish with babies) – bring your baby to the library and practise Swedish together with other parents.
• Language cafés in English for youth.
• Film-making projects for youth.
• Help with homework in co-operation with the Red cross.
To ensure that the library is a safe place to be in Alby bibliotek co-operates with local organizations for ex-cons who make daily rounds in the library.

The entrance to the children’s department with windows towards the street
The entrance to the children’s department with windows towards the street

Alby bibliotek has 34 weekly opening hours between Monday and Saturday and is easy accessible by subway from the central parts of Stockholm.

Alby bibliotek is the world’s greatest library – for the residents of Alby!

Awards, case studies, further information
A case study that examines the new media presentation system in Alby public library (in Swedish): http://uu.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:721740/FULLTEXT01.pdf

Master thesis about the term elasticity and the relevance and function to apply it to public library organisations, with Alby bibliotek as one of the investigated libraries: http://uu.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2:562588

Master thesis about librarians and library managers in the three Stockholm suburbs of Alby, Fisksätra and Rinkeby and how they think and reason about the role of public libraries in the integration process: http://uu.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2:421703

Articles about Swedish with baby which 2014 got the annual Wendela award from the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet:

http://www.aftonbladet.se/wendela/article18488684.ab
http://www.direktpress.se/tidningenliljeholmenalvsjo/Arkiv/Artiklar/2013/09/Mammor-mots-over-granserna/

 

 

 

 

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