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Hakunila Library, Vantaa, Finland

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Name of the Library: Hakunila Library
Parent Organisation: Vantaa City Library
Street Address: Kimokuja 5
Postal Address:  FI-01200 VANTAA FINLAND
Telephone :358983930805
Web Address:
Library Email:

Type of Library :Medium size town library
Population served: ca. 29 000
Project Type: Refurbishment
Size (square metres): ca. 600
Date of Completion: 30.8.2013
Architect: Interior Designer Minna Haapakoski
1Book displays before and after_Marko Nissinen

Hakunila Library was refurbished in 9 months during 2012-2013.

The opening day was Aug. 30th, 2013. Library patrons were included in this project. At first they were given an opportunity to evaluate the library through a customer survey. Based on their answers, we created three workshops to get a better insight into what is important for a modern library patron as regards space and collections. Interior designer Ms. Minna Haapakoski, who is specialized in re-using materials in interior designs, made a plan using the knowledge we gathered from the workshops. Also, the collection was evaluated and re-arranged in theme areas to make it easier for patrons to find what they need.

Most of the old bookshelves were re-used. They were painted, lowered and now there are wheels under them. Now it is also easier to modify the space if needed for performances, etc. The space is now more colorful and open.

The refurbishment was made with help and cooperation with local enterprises. For example, a local paint factory donated us the needed amount of paint for the furniture.

Besides basic library functions, our patrons want us to be a local cultural center. When possible, we organize musical performances and literature events. For example, in spring 2014 there was a library dance event. We pushed shelves aside and people were invited to dance to old Finnish dance music. We have two reading groups, one of them has been active for seven years and the other one, concentrating on thrillers and detective stories, started at the beginning of 2015. People can also watch movies on our premises and there is a space for art exhibitions.

For children we have clubs in cooperation with local organizations and we have volunteers who come twice a week just to keep the children company, when needed.
Awards, case studies, further information
We attended a satellite conference and the IFLA conference in Singapore in 2013 with two presentations.

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Seoul National University Library, Kwanjeong, South Korea




Reading Room
Reading Room

Name of the Library: Seoul National University Library Kwanjeong
Parent Organisation: Seoul National University
Street Address: Gwanak-ro 1  Gwanak-gu  Seoul, Korea
Postal Address: 151-749
Telephone : 82-2-880-1160
Web Address:
Library Email:

Type of Library : University Library
Population served: 29,426 students and 2,076 faculties(as of March 2015)
Project Type:  New Building
Size (square metres): 27,243㎡
Date of Completion: 5 Feb 2015
Architect: Tae Yong, Yoo (Teh Je Architects, Inc.)

Exterior View
Exterior View

Seoul National University Library : Main building and Kwanjeong
Seoul National University Library holds the largest collection of books among university libraries in Korea. Located at the center of Seoul National University campus, the Library is consisted of two buildings: the main building and a newly-built library, Kwanjeong. The main building provides resource-oriented service, while Kwanjeong houses high-tech, user-friendly facilities. The two buildings together create the optimal environment for the Library users.

Features of Library Kwanjeong

Space Without Pillars
For the first time in Korea, a steel truss lifting & sliding technique was used to build Kwanjeong, allowing the space to be created without pillars (from 6F-8F, 112.5M×30M). The Reading Rooms take full advantage of the open space structure.

Outer Wall : Representing Generations of Light and Colour (see phoo above description)
Outer walls of Kwanjeong represent the present and future of Seoul National University. Simple triangular patterns and lines that are repeated and overlapped on the walls’ surfaces portray the rich imagery of continuously changing light and color through the passage of time.

Nature-friendly Rooftop Garden
Located on the top of the six story main building, the Rooftop Garden overlooks a fantastic view. Amounting up to 7,273 square meters, the Rooftop Garden is fully utilized to serve as a resting place. The Garden is a nature-friendly place reserved for SNU students and faculty.


Cohabitation of ‘Old’ and ‘New’
Mainly, the intersection allows for the movement between two buildings. This intersection, however, bears extra significance as it is where the old and the new of the SNU Library cohabitate. The design of the intersection connects the main building’s outer walls directly with the interior of Kwanjeong. It also allows easier management and access between the two buildings.

Multimedia Plaza
DVDs are available for viewing in the Multimedia Plaza. The Multimedia Plaza is home to 17,864 DVDs, including the most popular DVDs among Seoul National University students, 3D and blue-ray movies. It has a seating capacity of 92 people, with chairs ranging from single seat to four seats.

Friends of the SNU Library
‘Friends of the SNU Library’ is a fund-raising campaign launched in March 2012 to secure funds for the construction of the Kwanjeong. A total of 840 SNU alums, faculties and staff, students, and the public have participated in raising 70.7 billion won. The interior space and the furniture of the Group Study Room, Carrels, Reading Room chairs and desks have been purchased with the generous donation to the ‘Friends of the SNU Library’, and we sign the names of the donors on the plaque for the donated space and furniture.

Biblioteca/CRAI de la Ciutadella – Edifici del Dipòsit de les Aigües, Barcelona, Spain


Name of the Library: Biblioteca/CRAI de la Ciutadella – Edifici del Dipòsit de les Aigües
Parent Organisation: Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Street Address: Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27
Postal Address:00005 Barcelona
Telephone : + 34 93 542 1709
Web Address:
Library Email:

Type of Library: Central/ Main Library
Population served: Universitat Pompeu Fabra community
Project Type: Conversion , Refurbishment
Size (square metres):14.850 m2
Date of Completion: 2003
– Josep Fontseré (1874, original building)
– Lluís Clotet and Ignacio Paricio (1992,  conversion project)

The Dipòsit de les Aigües is a building designed in the late nineteenth century to contain 10,000 tons of water on the top and outside, at a height of 14 meters above the ground. It was used to irrigate and supply water to the cascade of the adjacent Ciutadella Park. The interior of the building, elaborated as a large forest of columns and arches, had no specific purpose when it was designed.
The conversion as a Library space was based on these principles:
• maintain the appearance and structure of the original building, gaining surface with the creation of a mezzanine floor
• increase exterior lighting by opening skylights in the ceiling
• combine the modern equipment and facilities result of the conversion with the original quality of the building.
This combination of features makes the Dipòsit de les Aigües an ideal space for concentration and individual work for our users.


Awards, case studies, further information
2009 Década Price (Oscar Tusquets Foundation) for the best architectural works built in Barcelona 10 years after its Implementation
Magre, Anna. From a Reservoir Building to the Main Library of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.  Liber Quarterly, vol 10 (2000), No 2, p. 266-278
Building history



Zentral- und Landesbibliothek / Central and Regional Library Berlin, Germany

Berliner Stadtbibliothek
Berliner Stadtbibliothek

Name of the Library:Zentral- und Landesbibliothek  / Central and Regional library Berlin

Street Address:
Berliner Stadtbibliothek: Breite Straße 30-36, 10178 Berlin
Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek: Blücherplatz 1, 10961 Berlin
Postal Address: Postfach 610179, 10922 Berlin
Telephone : 0049-30-90226-401
Web Address:
Library Email:
Type of Library : Central/ Main Library, Regional Library
Population served: Berlin: 3,5 Mio
Project Type:  Conversion , Refurbishment
Size (square metres):
Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek (AGB): 2.500 qm (public), 7.500 qm (total)
Berliner Stadtbibliothek (BStB): 4.500 qm (public), 26.500 qm (total)
Date of Completion:
AGB: 1954, Conversion/refurbishment: 2013/214
BStB: 1968; Conversion/refurbishment: 2011/2012/2015
AGB: Fritz Bornemann, Willy Kreuer


Berliner Stadtbibliothek
Berliner Stadtbibliothek

The Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin (ZLB) is the largest public library in Germany. Two branches house our 3.4 million media for your use.

At the Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek in Kreuzberg you will find the humanities and fine arts, fiction, films, music, and the art library. Our children’s and young adult library is also located here, along with its learning centre.


The Berliner Stadtbibliothek in Mitte houses the subjects of natural sciences, medicine, and economics as well as the Senatsbibliothek Berlin, home of urban studies and law. The Berlin-Studien and Historische Sammlungen collections of the ZLB have their own reading rooms where you can peruse extensive collections about Berlin’s past and present.

As Berlin’s state library, it is our mission to collect all printed works, data, and sound carriers that are published in Berlin, as well as the official publications of the state of Berlin.

The Foundation of the Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin was created in 1995 out of the fusion of the Berliner Stadtbibliothek at Schlossplatz in the eastern part and the Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek at Hallesches Ufer in the western part of Berlin.

The ZLB is one of the most frequently visited cultural and educational institutions in Berlin. Future plans will hopefully consolidate the library at one location.

Awards, case studies, further information

2014: Themenraum-App (Topic-room-App): “Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects” from ALA “American Library Association”

2014: Innovationspreis digitab


Craigieburn Library, Hume, Victoria, Australia

Craigieburn Exterior Name of the library:  Craigieburn Library
Parent organisation:  Hume City Council

Street address:  Hume Global Learning Centre – Craigieburn
75-95 Central Park Avenue,  Craigieburn Victoria 3064
Postal address:  P.O. Box 119    Dallas Victoria 3047
Telephone:   61393566980
Web  :
Library email:
Type of library: Public library
Population served: 39,891 (as at 30 June 2014)
Project type:  new building
Size:   Total public access footprint: 3,338.5 m²
Total building footprint: 4,040.50 m²
Total library footprint: 1,072m²
Date of completion: May 2012
Architect:  Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT)

Craigieburn Interior Description
In 2014, Craigieburn Library was named ‘International Public Library of the Year’ at a prestigious awards ceremony in France.

The facility, located within the Hume Global Learning Centre – Craigieburn, was given the award over libraries from  England, the Netherlands and Denmark. The honour was presented at the annual International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) congress in Lyon, France and was sponsored by the Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects.

The committee of judges chose Craigieburn Library because it “distinguishes itself as a significant modern construction with a strong, recognisable architectural concept. With its open and flexible space, the library creates a democratic meeting place, open to diversity and interaction (and) is a good example of how Hume City has used a library to create a sense of belonging for all demographic groups as both a learning centre and gathering space for the city”.

The Hume Global Learning Centre – Craigieburn, including Craigieburn Library was a collaborative effort between Hume City Council and the architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp and provides a range of services under one roof. In addition to the library, there is an exhibition gallery, occasional care program, cafe, Council’s Customer Service Centre and a state-of-the-art training and conference facility. Craigieburn Interior 2 With a footprint of just over 4000 square metres, the centre incorporates the best of community facilities, the latest in technology, and advances in sustainable design. The building is a series of interlocking pavilions of varying height and scale. The two-storey central library reading space is flooded in natural light, while the lower ceiling of the children’s library creates a cosy area for little ones.

The facility uses locally-sourced earth as the primary building material, with rammed earth walls providing a natural transition from the ground into structure. The design provides a warm, friendly and sustainable facility that invites people to take advantage of the external shaded courtyards as well as the building interior.

The Hume Libraries service has been recognised not only for design excellence but for delivering exceptional services to our community. In May 2014, Hume Libraries was named Australia’s Favourite Library Service, receiving over 30,000 votes in a nation-wide search by the Australian Library and Information Association.

In September 2014, the Hume Libraries service was also the first public library in Australia to receive eSmart status. The eSmart initiative, developed in partnership by The Alannah and Madeline Foundation and Telstra, aims to increase cyber-safety and deals with cyber-bullying by changing behaviours. This means that Libraries’ staff can teach residents use technology in a smart, safe and responsible way.

Nearly 530,000 users visit Hume Libraries each year, and borrow more than 992,000 items. The Hume Libraries membership rate is 59.1% – well above the Victorian average of 49.1% – and proof that Hume City locals love their libraries!

Ruhnu Raamatukogu, Estonia

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Name of the Library: Ruhnu Raamatukogu
Parent Organisation: Ruhnu Vallavalitsus

Postal Address:  Raamatukogu, Saare maakond, Ruhnu vald, EE-93001
Telephone : +(372) 453 3833
Web Address:
Library Email: ruhnuraamatukogu@hot.eeType of Library : Small Community Library
Population served: 56

Photograph Andreas Hahn
Photograph Andreas Hahn

I discovered this small community library on the remote Estonian Ruhnu island as a bicycle tourist on a trip of the Baltic states in the summer 2013.

Ruhnu covers an area of 12 km². There is only a road from the port to the village. Ruhnu has an interesting history and you can reach all  “sights” by foot in a day.

Photograph Andreas Hahn
Photograph Andreas Hahn

I reached the library in the afternoon. A sign indicated that it was closed at the moment. But outside was a table with two chairs in front of the entrance. So I sat down and used their free wifi hotspot as a window to the world.


Name of the Library: National Library of Ukraine for Children

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Name of the Library: National Library of Ukraine for Children
Parent Organisation: Ministry of Culture of Ukraine

Street Address: 60 Baumana St. Kyiv 03190
Telephone : + 444006587
Web Address:
Library Email:
Type of Library : national library, specialized library for children
Project Type:  New Building
Size (square metres): 4995 m2
Date of Completion: 1979
Architect: M. P. Budilovskiy, I.A. Zeitlina

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National Library of Ukraine for Children is the main books’ depository in Ukraine. It is the national book depository of literature for children, scientific and methodical, informative and consultant center for the network of specialized libraries for children in Ukraine.

Short history of the library
The library was established in 1967 as a State Republic Library for Children for the coordination of the network of libraries for children. After the Act of Declaration of Independence of Ukraine (1991) the library got the status of the State Library of Ukraine for Children.  The library got a status of the national library with the Act of the President of Ukraine in 2003.

The National Library of Ukraine for Children was designed by a well-known artists and sculptors. The ceramic works: “The Fairytales of the World”, “The History of Books and Book Printing”, compositions dedicated to the history of music and handicrafts and other decorations made of grog and ceramic glaze were created by Olga Rapay (sculptor-ceramist, member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine); metallic forging and stained glass windows were made by Oleksandr Mylovzorov; handmade arras were made by Svitlana and Evgenia Kravchenko; the arch near the entrance door and the bronze sculpture of a reading boy were made by Boris Dovgan (member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine) .

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Today National Library of Ukraine for Children is a cultural, educational, upbringing, scientific and informative institution. It is the center of libraries’ and bibliographic service for children and teens.

The library has being the main depository of books for children for years. The collection contains more than 525 000 books, periodicals and audio- visual documents, over 20 000 users visit the library per year. The collection of rare and valuable books includes books and periodicals that children read in 19th century. The library offers readers more than 15 000 books in foreign languages. Among them are world-famous publishing houses «Enciclopaedia Britannica», «Dorling Kindersley», «Tessloff Verlag».

The library is a scientific-methodical institution for libraries for children of Ukraine. Its sociological department conducts local and state sociological investigations about modern readers’ interests, investigates information needs of children, teens and reading leaders in schools. Library service recommends the best samples of literature for children, forms a reading circle, it offers virtual servicing as well.

As a creative lab, the library holds events on Ukrainian and international levels together with the community, institutions and organizations that deal with the problems of upbringing and education of children. The library works with regional communities, with families and through the common families’ events employs parents to the process of organization of children’s reading. Library does a lot for informative and bibliographical assurance of educational process and works in two directions: for pupils and for teachers. Young readers can have a content leisure time in different clubs and studios.
Library improves informative and bibliographical work with the information technology.

Awards, case studies, further information

BiblioTemaTV –
Malenkiy chytajlik –
Psychologist in the library –


Edinburgh Central Library, Scotland, United Kingdom

Edinburgh City Library
Edinburgh City Library

Name of the Library: Edinburgh Central Library
Parent Organisation: City of Edinburgh Council

Postal Address: George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EG
Telephone : +441312428000
Web Address
Library Email

Type of Library: Central/ Main Library
Population served: 450 000
Project Typ: Refurbishment
Size (square metres): 7140
Date of Completion 15th May 2014 (refurbishment)
Architect Lesley McMillan (original architect George Washington Browne)

Reference Library
Reference Library

Edinburgh Central Library opened in 1890 and sits in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old and New Town World Heritage Site, only a few hundred yards from the Royal Mile and a five minute walk from Edinburgh Castle. It is 10 minutes walk from the City’s main railway station and sits on major bus routes. It is also one of a collection of cultural buildings in the area, including the  National Library of Scotland and the National Gallery.

The library incorporates 5 different sections – a Reference Library, Children’s Library, Lending Library, Edinburgh and Scottish Collection, Music Library and Art Library.
It is built on the site of the mansion of Sir Thomas Hope who was the King’s (Charles I) Advocate in 1626 and the library incorporates two lintels from the original building. Central Library is built in the French Renaissance style and bears a resemblance to some of the French chateaux of the Loire.

The domed ceiling of the Reference Library is the finest of its type in Scotland and the room remains almost as it was originally intended with built in catalogue drawers on the east wall and galleries above the book bays. The cruciform design makes maximum use of natural light. As well of being a place of quiet study, the Reference Library is used, outside of normal opening hours, as a venue for Edinburgh City Libraries’ popular events programmes. Author visits are filmed and are available online –

Children's Library
Children’s Library

We have also hosted the launch of the prestigious Edinburgh International Book Festival in our Reference Library.

The Lending Library is also exactly where it was on opening day although then the public were unable to browse for books and had to request items from a board listing titles – now it is the busiest lending library in Edinburgh and operates with four self service units.
The final original room was the News Room, which now houses the Edinburgh and Scottish Collection. This room was originally tiled all the way round, and a frieze of tiles has been retained on the main staircase. The tiles were specially made for the building and incorporate the motifs of the castle and anchor which symbolise Edinburgh.

The library has recently benefited from a refurbishment of the Edinburgh and Scottish Collection, the Music Library and the Children’s Library. This has resulted in a blending of old and new. The Music Library now boasts composing software and a digital piano, whilst the Children’s Library has been decorated by an award winning children’s illustrator.

As well as having a striking physical presence Edinburgh Central Library also underpins much of Edinburgh City Libraries’ online presence. The Capital Collections website makes the fabulous collection of prints, illustrations and photographs held in the Central Library available across the world, whilst Our Town Stories takes the collections a step further, allowing the user to explore Edinburgh and its stories more fully.

Awards, case studies, further information
Bookseller Library of the Year Award 2012



Vorarlberger Landesbibliothek / Vorarlberg State Library, Bregenz, Austria

Vorarlberg State Library.Convent and Castle
Convent and Castle

Name of the Library: Vorarlberger Landesbibliothek / Vorarlberg State Library
Parent Organisation: Vorarlberger Landesregierung / Vorarlberg provincial government

Street Address: Fluher Straße 4, 6900 Bregenz
Postal Address: Fluher Straße 4, 6901 Bregenz, Austria
Telephone : +43 (0) 5574/511-44005
Web Address:
Library Email:

Type of Library :Regional Library
Population served: population of Vorarlberg state and the nearby region of Lake Constance
Project Type: Conversion
Size (square metres): 3.860 m2
Date of Completion: 1986
Architect: Adolf Gaudy (Convent building and church 1907-1915)

Event Hall
Event Hall

Vorarlberg State Library has been initially founded in 1904 as a library besides the Vorarlberg State Archive and reorganized in 1977 as an independent scientific library with universal alignment. Since 1986 the library is situated in its converted new location above the city of Bregenz on the way to Gebhardsberg hill with view to Lake Constance.

The modern made of glass entry is connecting the formerly two buildings from very different periods: the small gothic castle of “Babenwohl” with its origin back to the 14th century and its heydays in the 16th and 19th century, now used for administration, and the classicistic formerly convent building of the swiss Benedictine order from the very early 20th century, now used for the public library. St. Gallus´ Church as an important part of the convent is now containing the wonderful “Kuppelsaal”, a hall with a 36 metres high dome, now adapted for open access to thousands of books too and very popular for public events.

The main duties of the Vorarlberg State Library are to be an universal scientific library for the general public and the educational institutions in the region, to be the cultural memory and literature archive of Vorarlberg and the region around and a meeting point for longlife learning and different events.
The library is offering hybrid holdings containing manuscripts, books and journals as well as audio-visual media and all kinds of e-content. And the Teaching Library is giving lessons on informed society and on doing research to more than two thousand high-school graduates every year.


Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de Santé, Paris, France

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Name of the Library: Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de Santé, Paris
Parent Organisation: Université Paris Descartes

Street Address: 12 rue de l’École de Médecine – 75270 Paris
Postal Address: 12 rue de l’École de Médecine – 75270 Paris
Telephone : + 33 1 76 53 19 51

Web Address:
Library Email :
Type of Library :Multipurpose  building , Special Library
Population served:  French health professionals
Size (square metres): 8716
Date of Completion: 1882-1891
Architect: Jacques Gondouin, Léon Ginain

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The Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de Santé (BIU Santé) offers collections in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and associated sciences. It resulted from the merging of two other institutions in 2011: the Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de médecine et d’odontologie (BIUM) and the Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de pharmacie (BIUP), even though the two sites remain distinct.

The BIUM (“Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de médecine”) used to be the Library of the Faculty of Medicine of Paris, dating back from the Middle Ages. After the French Revolution, the collections were reconstituted by the surgeon and librarian Pierre Sue.
The history of the collection of the “Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de Pharmacie” (BIUP) goes back to 1570, when four masters of the community of apothecaries and grocers donated works to their corporation. In 1882 the library moved to the Faculty of Pharmacy in Paris, “avenue de l’Observatoire”.

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The merger of these two libraries was decided in September 2009 and became effective in 2011.

The BIU Santé is a CADIST (French acronym for center of acquisition and dissemination of scientific and technical information) for medicine, odontology and cosmetology. It is also an associated center of the National Library of France concerning medicine and pharmacy.

As a research library, the BIU Santé is especially dedicated to students, researchers and teachers within health disciplines, including psychology. It greets every non-academic health professional and every person who conducts researches matching its collections.

The « BIU Santé » is a reference library recognized at an international level in medical field. It also owns the total of French dissertations in medicine and dental surgery and keeps one copy of each. Concerning Paris, the dissertations collection goes back to 1539. The BIU Santé is the depositary of the legal deposits covering works of medicine and dentistry. The whole collection is one of the three richest in the world, with the National Library of Medicine (USA) and the Wellcome Library (London).

• More than 400 000 printed works
• Near 16 000 French and foreign periodicals
• Many electronic resources (electronic documents, databases, online periodicals, websites)
The history of Health
• 1.118 manuscripts
• 3.000 works from the 16th century, 6.700 from the 17th, 16.000 from the 18th and 130.000 from the 19th
• Drawings, engravings, photographs and medals
Pharmacy-biology, cosmetology
• More than 88.000 volumes ;
• More than 4.000 serial publications (periodicals and collections)
• 204 manuscripts