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Sant Gervasi – Joan Maragall Library, Barcelona, Spain

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Name of the Library Sant Gervasi – Joan Maragall Library
Parent Organisation: Biblioteques de Barcelona

Street Address:
Sant Gervasi de Cassoles, 85
Postal Address:
Sant Gervasi de Cassoles, 85 08022 Barcelona
Telephone : +34 934178347
Web Address: http://www.bcn.cat/bibsantgervasi
Library Email: b.barcelona.jmg@diba.cat

Type of Library : District Library
Population served: 145,934
Project Type: New Building
Size (square metres): 2,396 m2
Date of Completion: 2014
Architect: Baena Casamor Arquitectes BCQ, S.L.P.

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Description
The library Sant Gervasi – Joan Maragall is part of Biblioteques de Barcelona (Barcelona Libraries), the entity that manages the network of 40 public libraries in the city.

The library was named after Joan Maragall i Gorina (Barcelona, 1860-1911), a writer, poet, journalist, translator and lawyer, one of the most important and influential of the Catalonia at the turn of the nineteenth-century. His work had a crucial impact on the Catalan cultural and artistic life of the time. This library is the central library of Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district. The building, designed by Baena Casamor BCQ Architects SLP, is semi-undergrounded in the garden of Villa Florida, and its structure is due, partially, to maintain the original existing trees. Is the last public library inaugurated in Barcelona.

The library collection encompasses more than 45,000 documents, on different supports and in different fields, which is increased each month by new acquisitions. A selection of newspapers and magazines is also available.

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The Sant Gervasi – Joan Maragall library organises a wide range of different activities for all: book clubs, storytelling, seminars, children’s workshops… These activities are aimed at transmitting the pleasure of reading and encouraging users to discover new authors and learn more about current issues, linked always to the books and other materials in the library.

The programme Molt per aprendre (“Lots to Learn”) includes two seasons: Creacions (workshops devoted to writing, oral and visual arts) and the Aula Digital (introductory activities to computers, photography, self-access language learning, freeware and creating blogs).

The library also supports the education community by welcoming schools visits and providing facilities and services, as well as organising digital literacy programmes. Moreover, the library is a member of the Antenes Cibernàrium network of technology training points.

Bazar Library, Tehran, Iran

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Name of the Library : Bazar
Parent Organisation: Cultural Organization of Tehran Municipality

Street Address: Iran – Tehran – Imam Khomeini Square – St nazemolatebbae jonubi – Heshmati Alley Alley – Kamali – House of Culture Market(khane farhange bazar) – Market Library(ketabkhane bazar) – Mohammad moridi – 1115715811 Zip Code
Postal Address: Iran – Tehran – Imam Khomeini Square – St nazemolatebbae jonubi – Heshmati Alley Alley – Kamali – House of Culture Market(khane farhange bazar) – Market Library(ketabkhane bazar) – Mohammad moridi – 1115715811 Zip Code
Telephone :0098 21 33910444 0098 935 3068498
Web Address : http://nosakhekhati.persianblog.ir/
Library Email : moridi1979@yahoo.com

Type of Library @Small Community Library @ Special Library
Population served: Tourists
Project Type: Conversion

Size (square metres): The total area of 800 m
Date of Completion : 21/07/2014
Architect: Aunt Din Shah Qajar

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Description
This library contains the Shah’s old house Dating back 150 years.
Many tourists that visit.
Large yard and beautiful.
Texture is one of the oldest and heritage.
The library is located in the center of Old Town.
Forum mirror of beauty in it.

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Ulladulla Library, NSW, Australia

External View,  Ulladulla Library
External View, Ulladulla Library

Name of the Library: Shoalhaven Libraries, Ulladulla
Parent Organisation: Shoalhaven Libraries, Nowra

Street Address: Civic Centre, Princes Highway, Ulladulla NSW 2539
Postal Address: Civic Centre, Princes Highway, Ulladulla NSW 2539
Telephone : +61244448820
Web Address: http://shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/MyCommunity/Library/Yourlocallibrary/UlladullaLibrary.aspx
Library Email: ulladullalibrary@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au

Type of Library: Small Community Library
Population served: 20,000
Project Type: New Library
Size (square metres): 600
Date of Completion 28.5.2014
Architect Edmiston Jones Architects

Description
An eye-catching modern building incorporating spectacular floor to ceiling windows that allow natural light to enhance the bright new space.

Four separate study rooms as well as dedicated lounge and reading areas, children’s and young adult spaces allow all patrons to enjoy a tailored experience.

Our collection of books, magazines, DVDs, music CDs and audio books in both CD and MP3 formats has expanded to fit our larger library, which has ramp access and public toilet facilities.

Internet is available free of charge to library members on any of our 12 public computers, and free Wi-Fi is available to everyone.

Lounge Area, Ulladulla Library
Lounge Area, Ulladulla Library

We offer a self-service loan station, online catalogue, printing/photocopying and a charging station for mobile devices.

We deliver a monthly rhymetime (0-18mths) and storytime (2-5years) program and patrons can catch up with the latest media events on one of our state of the art televisions

Name of the Library: Public library “Fran Galovic” in Koprivnica, CROATIA

Public library of Koprivnica, Croatia by night
Public library of Koprivnica, Croatia by night

Name of the Library: Public library “Fran Galovic” in Koprivnica, CROATIA

Street Address: Zrinski trg 6, 48 000 Koprivnica, CROATIA
Postal Address: Zrinski trg 6, 48 000 Koprivnica, CROATIA
Telephone : +385 48 622 131
Web Address http://www.knjiznica-koprivnica.hr/
Library Email info@knjiznica-koprivnica.hr

Type of Library : Regional Library
Population served: 65,271
Project Type : Refurbishment
Size (square metres): 1060 m2
Date of Completion: 2003
Architect : Lenko Pleština

TedxKoprivnicaLibrary event in the Public libray of Koprivnica, Croatia
TedxKoprivnicaLibrary event in the Public libray of Koprivnica, Croatia

Description
All the way to the end of the 20th century the Public library in Koprivnica was marred by its “tenant status” and temporary residence at various inadequate locations. In 1981 the Library finally got its own kick start in a place of its own, right in the town’s main square. It moved to a very own building, adapted to the library needs.
Yet, some 15 years later, librarians needed to expand and update the space, to accommodate modern technologies, new contents and services, and above all – new needs of our services’ users.

The second adaptation of the premises dragged for 7 years (1996-2003), with the Library functioning normally the whole time while the renovation was going on. When finally over, it gave to librarians and users more useful space in square feet, but it also gave new possibilities: the Library expanded its services with the new ones, and grew to the center of information, culture, education and leisure; a modern meeting place for all citizens to enjoy the town’s own living room.

The Public library in Koprivnica has been acting as the middle seized city and county library with 22 employees, 140 thousand media, 200 reading and literacy programmes per year, 125 thousand visits per year. Its aim is to improve quality of life in local community by promoting, stimulating and motivating reading and literacy on traditional and digital media, lifelong learning, using of cutting-edge technology, social inclusion of vulnerable groups of citizens. Its strategic slogan is Library opens to everyone . It is well known library inside and abroad on its social inclusive programs for the blind and visually impaired as well as for Roma people ; local community reading campaigns; Books for Babies ; Storytelling hours for Babies and Toddlers ; Green library program ; Health information programe; Information literacy training programes ; Digitization of local cultural heritage; Program Read on a different way – listen audio books; Read on a different way – borrow e-reader and read e-books.

It is the first licenced TEDxLibrary in the EU.

Roma children in the Public library of Koprivnica, Croatia
Roma children in the Public library of Koprivnica, Croatia

Awards, case studies, further information
Awards:
Awards and recognitions:
“Pavao Markovac” Prize by Croatian Workers’ Union for promotion of books and reading among workers in 1979 (awarded in 1980)
Town of Koprivnica Plaque for extraordinary achievements in culture and promotion of books, reading and literacy (2006)
Koprivnica-Križevci County Recognition for contributions and achievements in culture and education (2009)
Dr. Ljerka Markić Čučuković Fund Award for special contributions to librarianship for the year 2009 (specialized education of librarians for services to the blind and visually impaired); participation in international programs (2010)
EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) Innovation Award for „Jump in the train for a better world“ project of support to the Roma community by using ICT (2013.)
Croatian Library Association „Library of the Year Award“ for our innovative, creative and high quality work (2013)
„Our Children Society“and Croatian Society for Preventive and Social Pediatrics sponsored by UNICEF Office for Croatia Achievements award for the best program in 2013 – „Mini library at Pediatrics clinics”
The 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects for “In-house library training program supporting Roma people – the power of networking in local community” project (2014.)
Case studies
• “Library service for print disabled children and youth in Public Library of Koprivnica – an isolated case or a role model for Croatian public libraries? “

Click to access 114-krajina-en.pdf


• „Reading and literacy – a way to the social inclusive library“

Click to access 114-krajina-en.pdf


• „The Contribution of a Public Library in a Local Community to Successful Education of Roma: A Good Practice Example“

Click to access 125-krajina-en.pdf


• „From digitization of local newspapers to the portal of hometown cultural heritage – a step by step digitization strategy available to small communities“

Click to access 119-krajina-en.pdf


• „Digital repository Cultural heritage of Koprivnica : an example of local partnership“

Click to access ncd25052.pdf


• Green Library
At the beginning of the year 2013 Public library „Fran Galovic“ in Koprivnica, Croatia has started to integrate green topics into its regular programs. In cooperation with local organizations interested in sustainable development librarians have started to make a network of responsible members in society. Program consisted of various activities for all age groups to rise awareness to environmental issues and their importance for everyday life and the future of each individuals, their local community and the Planet Earth There have been held exhibitions of library collections, lectures for adults, workshops for children and adults (separate and together), storytelling hours for babies, toddlers and preschool children, movie projections with the same topic “How to prepare for sustainable future in small steps – what can I do?”. Most of the programmes were oriented on practical small steps and advice about what can we do in our everyday lives to contribute to sustainability and sustainable development. The programmes were organized for all age groups. The aim is to stress the public library potentials and its valuable role in supporting the quality of life in local communities with its resources that can help the community in creating sustainable solutions for the future.
More about project activities availablee at:

PBZ Pestalozzi-Bibliotek Zurich ALTSTADT (Old Town Branch), Switzerland

PBZ Altstadt outside

Name of the Library:
PBZ PESTALOZZI-BIBLIOTHEK ZÜRICH ALTSTADT (OLD TOWN BRANCH)
Parent Organisation: PBZ PESTALOZZI-BIBLIOTHEK ZÜRICH

Street Address: Zaehringerstrasse 17, CH-8001 Zürich, Switzerland
Postal Address: PO BOX, 8022 Zürich, Switzerland
Telephone : +41 44 204 96 96
Web Address http://www.pbz.ch
Library Email: info@pbz.ch

Type of Library: Central/main Library Population served: 400 000
Project Type: Extension, Refurbishment
Size (square metres): 1 982 m2
Date of Completion: 2007
Architect: Teuwen, Naegele, Twerenbold architects, Zürich

PBZ Altstadt inside 1

Description
• Located in a classicistic building dating from 1932 with arcades in the historic city centre of Zürich
• Large entrance hall giving the impression of wide open space
• Bright and well illuminated rooms on every floor
• The white design puts the items into the centre and gives them the leading role
• Clear structure
• Lounge with skylight
• Terrace in the quiet and peaceful backyard
• A wide range of items and media

PBZ Altstadt inside 2

PBZ Pestalozzi-Bibliotek Zurich Oerlikon, Switzerland

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Name of the Library:
PBZ PESTALOZZI-BIBLIOTHEK ZÜRICH OERLIKON
Parent Organisation: PBZ PESTALOZZI-BIBLIOTHEK ZÜRICH

Street Address: Hofwiesenstrasse 379, CH-8050 Zürich, Switzerland
Postal Address: same as above
Telephone :+41 44 312 77 37
Web Address http://www.pbz.ch
Library Email: info@pbz.ch

Type of Library:(District Library
Population served: 66 000
Project Type: Extension, Refurbishment
Size (square metres): 1 105 m2
Date of Completion: 2013
Architect: Teuwen, Naegele, Twerenbold architects, Zürich

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Description
The premises are located in an historic former post office building dating from 1927
Located directly at the railway station of the district of Zürich-OERLIKON; one of the main hubs in Switzerland
Easy access for locals as well as for people living in the commuter belt
Lounge with big windows facing the station thus providing a sensation of urbanity and mobility
Self-return facility; accessible 24 hours/7 days
A recently introduced sector called “take away library” with many copies of bestsellers for customers with only very little time

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PBZ PESTALOZZI-BIBLIOTHEK ZÜRICH UNTERSTRASS, Switzerland

Pestalozzi-Bibliothek Unterstrass, inside 2

Name of the Library:
PBZ PESTALOZZI-BIBLIOTHEK ZÜRICH UNTERSTRASS
Parent Organisation: PBZ PESTALOZZI-BIBLIOTHEK ZÜRICH

Street Address: Scheuchzerstrasse 184, CH-8057 Zürich, Switzerland
Postal Address: same as above
Telephone : +41 44 362 15 02
Web Address http://www.pbz.ch
Library Email: info@pbz.ch

Type of Library: (District Library Multipurpose building
Population served: 30 000
Project Type: Extension, Refurbishment
Size (square metres): 337.6 m2
Date of Completion: 2013
Architect: Team 4 Architects, Zürich, Switzerland

Pestalozzi-Bibliothek Unterstrass, inside 3

Description
Extension and renovation of the local library branch in Zurich-Unterstrass
The large window offers you an insight into the library before you have even stepped in. The display though is not books, but the readers sitting immersed in a novel or a comic book in the window aisles. Those are taken over by kids and young people in the afternoon, when they are off school. While the toddlers are found with their noses buried in a picture book on the large bright sofa sculpture, the young seem to prefer the 28 meters long settee in the sheltered seating area: Seeing and being seen is just as important as the object of lecture itself. As for the adults, they enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in the reading bistro and the lounge with the large selection of magazines or do simply have a chat with old friends.

Back in 1933, the premises were set up as a reading room of the then so called Pestalozzi-Society. At the time, it was considered luxury to have somewhere warm to sit and read. The bleak information desk and the wooden chairs were the very embodiment of reading culture. While in the digital age we find this changed, the PBZ libraries remain an institution that is continuously trying to meet specific needs of local library users in the best possible way. Thus, children can easily visit the library and check out items on their own. The easy wheelchair access is estimated by those with disabilities and the friendly staff will help anybody who seeks their assistance. The rooms with their now modern and vivid colours can barely be recognised from before and regular customers are stunned. In order to gain more space, an old utility room has been converted into an original lounge. Pillars have been integrated in the concept in a congenial way. Some areas have been decorated with a specific item of furniture without making any concessions to the modern expectations in matters of design.

Pestalozzi-Bibliothek Unterstrass, inside

The many custom-built interior items were well worth the effort. The number of visitors has more than doubled since the library has been reopened. The once quiet afternoons of the parish community building are done and over with. Whoever has just finished their lesson at the musical school next door can go by the library for a quick browse. Mothers whose kids are at playschool are taking some refreshment in the reading bistro, children are running down the aisle in order to fling themselves unto the big red sofa at the end of it. And those who are in a hurry and do not have time for any of that can cast a lingering eye through the window glass -with the good intentions of having more time on their hands when they return.