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New buildings

As a part of our collection of themes for this years tour, we’re happy to give you an introduction to the
theme that makes up our focus on architecture and how to create the frames for new libraries.
This theme is one of the cornerstones of this years tour as it early became apparent that through alligning Oslo-Gothenburg- Aarhus we’d already created a strong narrative around how we create new frames for our services.

Starting with Oslo where the planning of a new Deichmannske library is in the works. Raising the question of which servuces is relevant in a new library and how that impacts planning the facilities.

Gothenburg main library isn’t as such new but has recently undergone an update of the building at the
same location a task which provided special challenges and opportunities as the different departments of
the public library was housed in different other facilities around the city. We’re looking forward to learning about what kind of impact it had on the different sections and what the take aways were from dispersing only to reassemble under one roof. Did this lead to a different balancing of functions, new partners and a change in services?
Read more about the renovations here!

Aarhus ’s new mediahouse Dokk1 (”dåkken” in lokal dialect) just openend and a treasurethrove lessons in anything from cityplanning to makerspace. The library houses a wide variaty of services and opportunities for the public. The location right at the end of two axis of the city, new harbour front and the reoppening of a stream provides for a beautiful and impressive setting. We’re looking towards hearing the honest story about the experiences surrounding creating one of the largest libraries in Scandinavia.

The library in Dokk1 gives you free access to a world of information, inspiration, learning and entertainment. The library at Dokk1 is a center for knowledge and culture which disseminates and makes a variety of media come alive across genres and formats. The library is the citizens’ house. Staff and management of the organisation continually work with public involvement.

At Dokk1, you will find about 350,000 media for children and adults. Examples of media are books, audio books, ebooks, magazines, music and games. Such a large number of media in one place requires a logical and clear structure of media that makes it easy to navigate and find what you need. We work hard to make media easily accessible and easy to find.
In the library, we make digital media a priority and we are constantly keeping abreast of the future. We still have lots of books as well, of course.

Every day we hold events, exhibits, debates and many other things at the library. You can read about future events in the libraries’ website (in Danish only). See the library’s opening hours at:
Watch the timelapse of the building here

Byggeriet af Dokk1 – februar 2012 til oktober 2014 from Aarhus Public Libraries on Vimeo.

Makerspaces -the new black in libraries?

Roll with a veteran and explore the multitude that makes up engaging co-creation hubs both in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. For the last 2 years I’ve been heading up an effort to run library related programs as a project to explore the relevance between libraries and makerspaces. We’ve played with information and copyright. Changed the digital and physical function of the libraries by providing a change for the public to ”Hack YOUR library”. Empowering librarians to change their facilities. Creating engaging learning tracks in corporation with schools.

”Get a 3D printer and save the library!” I hope we’re not quite there yet. At times though it seems like we look at technology as the sole source towards saving libraries. Well if you get a machine what is there to save ? To be completely honest most 3D printers, about 90% of the ones I see, and I do see a lot. Makes me ponder, we’re talking about a 30 year old technology that’s mostly becomme relevant due to a drastic lowering of price and a fascination with Startrek. The types of 3D printers most libraries acquire are a simple FFF-models which are basically a gluegun controlled by a computer, they all utilize the same technology as a 3rd grader making a clay bowl in arts and crafts- by rolling sausages of clay and putting them on top of each other. That being said, there is a saving grace for these machines they all make use of digital design files. From a information specialist point of view that is a huge grace, it’s what makes for exploring how we perceive the world, cooperate and transition from information to relevant knowledge. Very ethereal, I know but I’ve taken 5 points with me where makerspaces and libraries makes sense together.

* PR.
* Informationskills in context.
* Community building and incoorporating volunteers.
* Sustainability and understanding the world around you. Democratizing technology.
* Stemlearning vs. informal inspiration.

I’ll be happy to share my thoughts about both libraries, makerspaces, FabLabs and even the mix of them during the tour. We’ll also be providing the opportunity to have yourselves 3D scanned for future print. As we’ve been sponsored an I-sense 3D-scanner I’ll set-up a 3D-selfiebooth when ever it’s convenient. The scanning can be used as a part of chesspieces workshop we’ve been instruction scores of librarians and teaches how to conduct. So not only do you get yourself in 3D you’ll also have the chance to learn a new skill!

During the trip we’ll be visiting the innovative hubs amongst others: Fellesverstedet, OsloCollaboratory, Gothenburg, IVA, Aalborg & Dokk1, Aarhus.

Team New Nordic- FabLabster Rasmus


Library visits in Gothenburg,September 5th

Preliminary “packages” with library visits 2 pm – 4 pm

If you are not taking part in the full tour but would like to come along, please send an e-mail to
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1.30 pm  – you will be picked up at Näckrosdammen (lunch spot) and escorted to your choosen library.

  1. Mölndals stadsbibliotek (public library)
  2. SCA Hygiene products (corporate library)
  3. Pit stop at secret location (drinks with a view)

Host: Elinor Magnusson,

  1. Biomedical library (university library)
  2. Nordicom, Nordic knowledge centre in the field of media and communication

Host: Evelina Ramm Wikström

  1. Social Sciences Library (university library)
  2. Economics library (university library)

Host: Felicia Dahlqvist

  1. Advokatfirman Vinge (corporate library)
  2. Sahlgrenska University Hospital library

Host: Moa Svensson & Ann-Christin Karlén Gramming

  1. Chalmers library (university library)
  2. Collaboratory (Fablab)
  3. the Bike kitchen (preliminary)

Hosts:Thomas Colombera (speaks French & German!)  & Rasmus Fangel Vestergaard

After the library visits you will be escorted back to Kviberg. Be back at 6:30 pm at the latest!


A visit to Vitlycke Museum & Tanum World Heritage


The Rock Carvings in Tanum (Swedish: Hällristningsområdet i Tanum), near Tanumshede, Bohuslän, Sweden, has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of the high concentration of petroglyphs. One of the larger rocks of Nordic Bronze Age petroglyphs in Scandinavia, the Vitlyckehäll, is located in Tanumshede.

On September 3 we will join one of Vitlycke museum guides and visit the largest and most famous rock carvings. The guide will tell us more about these 3000 year old images that are so unique in the world that they are included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Västarvet is Sweden’s largest organization engaged in administering our natural and cultural heritage. Preventive and advisory action with the emphasis on cultural environment, nature conservancy, archaeology, conservation and handicraft enables us to preserve our natural and cultural heritage and we also engage in forward-looking development work all over Västra Götaland.Västarvet runs operations at Bohuslän Museum (which we will visit also on the 3rd), Gothenburg Museum of Natural History, Lödöse Museum, Vänersborg Museum och kulturlagret [and culture store], Vitlycke Museum, Slöjd och Byggnadsvård [Craft and Building Conservation], Slöjd i Väst [Crafts in the West], Studio Västsvensk Konservering [Western Swedish Conservation Studio] and Forsviks Bruk.

Lyngsoe Library Systems

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We improve customer service and simplify work for library staff by automating material handling tasks such as self-service, the check-in process and sorting. By automating heavy and time-consuming processes, library staff members are available to accomplish more patron service-orientated tasks. Lyngsoe strives to create ideal work conditions for library staff. By automating the returns process, item handling is greatly reduced, eliminating repetitive lifting, reaching, grabbing, and bending.

We are continuously developing new products and solutions that meet the needs of libraries today and tomorrow. We focus on ergonomics, usability and performance to put a key focus on material handling efficiency, improving work environment and the patron experience.

Libraries of all sizes
Lyngsoe’s automated systems will benefit any library, regardless of size, circulation volume, or type of media. From university libraries, research and public libraries, to private collections, Lyngsoe library solutions are cost-effective, ergonomic alternatives to the traditional, labor-intensive library processes such as check-in, sorting, shelving and security monitoring. Our automated material handling equipment has been designed to condense high functionality into a small package. The result is a library solution that can be installed in existing buildings with very little available space, and still offer the benefits associated with installations in new facilities.

September 11th – Optional day in Aarhus

That’s right, Not only will we be riding 10 days with you, taking us from Oslo-Gothenburg-Aarhus we’ll even provide content for an 11th day. On Friday we’ll provide an optional tour taking us from the new harbour area of Aarhus, through Dokk1 the spanking new media house, all the way to historic, scenic and cutting
edge museums of Moesgaard.

The day will start at 9. am right at the new waterfront in Aarhus with plenty of new architecture, repurposing of industrial areas and cityplanning to gaze at. We’ll be trying to navigate all the sprawling  building sites and negotiate the new and old harbour till we arrive at the new main library in Aarhus. At Dokk1 we’ll have an extensive tour with plenty of opportunity to explore and learn about how to make a cutting edge library right at the waterfront. Did we mention there’s a train running right through it? From  Dokk1 we’ll explore the rest of the harbour whilst rolling through the industrial part of it towards Marselisborg.

The route takes us through the forrested suburbs of Marselisborg to the scenic outlook of Ørnereden (Eagles Nest) this spot used to house a pier for the the coastal tourboats sailing all over the bay on weekends, not much left of that fabled excursion spot apart for facilities to house a gang of cycling librarians hungry for lunch. Lunch will be provided and included in the cost, please note any dietary requests when signing up.

Museums in the hills. Moesgaard museum is somewhat of an institution in Aarhus and it used to be based mostly on their out-door facilities, the museum has always had a focus on the viking heritage due to some extraordinary finds, Gravballemanden og Moesgaardstenen are some of the iconic centerpieces in the old
collection. An old collection with a brand new home, the new museum is a centerpiece in the rolling hills and on top of providing housing for a very select and engaging collection also provides for a view platform second to none. Take a (st)roll down the roof if your looking for a stomach churning experience above the
average. Entry to the museum is included in the tour.

Optionally or as an extra the museums outdoor facilities are available for a stroll. Walk from the new new museum past the old facilities and mansion right through the park. In the park climb through the princess-tree with its rumoured currative effects, great for saddlesores! Then onwards through the forrest to the  forrest mill, an old watermill, now museum. The mill provides for an excellent glimpse into a past where it served as sawmill, flourmill and even generated electricity.

As the route is fairly straight forward, follow the bikepath back, there will be no previous arranged group riding back, so take your time and explore all the viking huts on the beach or venture into the old barrow if you dare!

The final price of the day-tour will be disclosed at a later date when we have a tally of the number of participants. But expect something in the range of 25-30 Euro. Lunch and entry fees included.

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Programme for the day:

9.00 Meet-up at Jette Tikjøbs plads. Coffee and kick-off! Brief introduction to the harbour project.
9.30-11.30 Visit at Dokk1.
12.15-12.45 Lunch at Ørnereden (Eagles Nest)
13.15-??  Museum visit at Moesgaard museum optional outdoor tour.
??-19 Ride back to Aarhus, as it’s the same route back there will be no pre-organized ride, in order for everyone to take their own time exploring the museum and surroundings. However if you have rented a bike then we’re aiming for a pick-up at 19.00 where you can deliever your bike and get your luggage. Pick-
up point will be Skovvangsskolen  (your previous luxurious accomodation).

Rental bikes 2015

In order to facilitate for the participants we have pre-booked rental bikes from a bike rental firm in Denmark.
The bikes will be rented from a firm located in Skagen.
List of participants who have requested rental bikes

The bikes
Standard 3 speed internal gears, solid Danish touring/citybikes, puncture proof tires (as if…). They are classic bikes with three gears and coaster brakes. They are equipped with lights and bells. The bikes comes in 2 models male and female frames and in one colour Black (so bring something to personalize your bikes with, flags, easy-come-off-stickers, teddybears to ziptie unto them..what do we know…
Standard lock is provided with personal key (now you see the need for personalizing…I parked over there and I have a Black bike..ohh)
There are no additional accessories so you will need to bring your own helmets, bike bags/panniers, bottle holders, saddle covers etc. If you want to buy this in Oslo the cheapest and simplest option is to visit XXL Oslo Sentrum – same price in shop as on website, Storgata 2 (map). There are other shops if if you are more particular about brands etc, for example Oslovelo, Nordre Gate 20b, with limited shop hours.


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110 Euro (less than 10 Euro per day) The payment is to be made cash on delivery in Oslo so please bring the correct amount. Skagen cykeludlejning may be able to accept payment in advance through digital means (you’ll recieve any information with this when you receive your contracts)

Up to 68 bicycles will be delievered in Oslo on Tuesday 1st of September at 8.00 a.m. The address for the delivery is Rådhusbrygge 1, Rådhusplassen. At the end of Akershusstranda.

Friday the 11. Sept 7.00 pm Skovvangsskolen, Aarhus. (same location as we slept the night before). As the keen observers you are you’ll have noticed that this is a day later than the tour ends. This allows for us to have bicycles for those of you who’ll be participating in the optional day in Aarhus (remember to sign
up). For those of you leaving on Thursday we’ll go through the bikes with you and lock them up until pick-up (see contracts section for details)

Liabilities and contracts
The contracts are your personal agreement with the rental company, Cycling for libraries merely broker the agreement and can not be held accountable for any loss of bike or damage. Skagen Cykeludlejning will provide you with a contract via mail after receiving the final list for people wanting to hire. 10 th of August. Any variation in ways of payment will be described in the contracts if none then payment is on delivery in Oslo.
At pick-up in Aarhus we’ll inspect the quickly for any major damages and whereafter Skagen Cykeludlejning will inform of further process.
The exception to this is the leaving on the 10th, for those of you who’ve chosen to opt out of our fabulous optional day, we’ll arrange for bike inspection on the 10th and lock up the bikes untill pick-up at the 11th.

Last call
If any of you shouldn’t have signed up for rental bikes and would like to then additional registration is open untill the 10th of August. This is the cut-off date as we’ll mail the namelist to Skagen Cykeludlejning at that date so they can mail you your personal contracts.
If you decide to make other arrangements please notify us ASAP (

Optional library visits in Oslo, August 31st

Here is some info regarding the 31st of August, the optional day in Oslo.  Sign up here

List of groups including contact information here

The program:

  • 10:00-12:00 library visits in Oslo
  • 13:00-16:00 half day seminar – final programme
  • 16:30 – kick-off party, location P48

We will offer some library visits in the morning between 10-12 for those who arrive early. The libraries are:

  1. Deichmanske public library, main branch
  2. HiOA university library (P48)
  3. the Law library, Oslo university
  4. Oslo Fablab, Fellesverkstedet
  5. Det flerspråkige biblioteket (The Multilingual Library)
  6. Majorstuen, branch library with extended opening hours
  7. the National library


Photo: Carlos Bryant

Host: Annie Pho

Deichman serves the county of Oslo and is Norway´s largest public library. It consists of a main library and 16 other branches.  At the main library in the city centre you will find a rich collection of books in many languages​​, as well as departments for children and youth, non-fiction, audio books, newspapers, magazines and computers with internet access.
Deichman has local libraries in many of Oslo’s suburbs: Bjerke, Bøler, Bjørnholt, Furuset, Gamle Oslo, Grünerløkka, Holmlia, Lambertseter, Majorstuen, Nordtvet, Oppsal, Romsås, Røa, Smestad, Stovner and Torshov.

Photo: LH Wong

the Law library, Oslo university
Host: Anki

The Law Library of the University of Oslo has one of the largest law collections in Northern Europe. It caters to the needs of faculty and students of the university, but also serves lawyers, courts and the general public, as it is the only public law library in Oslo. The library is situated in the neoclassical buildings of the Faculty of Law on Oslo’s main boulevard, Karl Johan. The law library has special collections for international law, EU law, Oil and gas law, human rights law, legal history and IT-law.

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Photo:Dhamma society

HiOA university library (P48), Pilestredet 48, Oslo
Host: Jamie

The Learning Centre and Library has five library services and one digital unit.


Photo: Martin Dittus

Oslo Fablab, Fellesverkstedet
Host: Rasmus

In 2012 Fellesverkstedet established a pilot project in a run down factory building in the center of Oslo, and then made available a series of workshop spaces that were open to the public. Not just a collection of equipment, these spaces were an integrated environment where professional machines, assistance, and guidance were gathered under a single roof. The project, run as a practical research laboratory, was under constant development whose objective was simple: uncover the specific production needs of Oslo’s and Norway’s creative population with a focus on shared multidisciplinary infrastructure and production.

The pilot project was closed to the public in august 2014 and we are now implementing its results. A permanent facility is under development! Here you can see some of the results from the Urtegata 11 pilot, including a selection of the more than 230 projects that were realised by our users.

Flerspråklig samling

Flerspråklig samling in Bergen public library, photo: Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek

Det flerspråklige bibliotek
Host: Alireza Afshari

The Multilingual Library is a competence centre for multicultural library services, and acts as an advisor to libraries. The library purchases and lends out books, audio books, movies and music in the following languages: Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese, Dari, English, Finnish, French, Hausa, Hindi, Yoruba, Chinese, Croatian, Kurdish, Lithuanian, Dutch, Oromo, Punjabi, Pashto, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Shona, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Tigrinya, Chechen, Turkish, Twi, Hungarian, Urdu and Vietnamese.

oslo - majorstuen bibliotek
Photo: Pedro Layant

Host: Mikko

Majorstuen is the largest Deichman library branch in Oslo, and offers automated lending of books, audio books, comics, movies and music.
The branch offers free use of computers, wireless internet, study boxes, Xbox, and events, screenings and exhibitions for both children and adults.
National library of Norway
Host: to be announced
The National Library of Norway’s public division islocated at Henrik Ibsensgate 110 at Solli plass in Oslo. The Library is split into two locations, the public department is situated in Oslo, while operations in Mo i Rana primarily relate to the receipt of legally deposited material and digitalisation.


In the afternoon there will be a seminar at the university about discussion and debate in the library followed by a kick-off reception. This is an excellent opportunity to meet new and old friends as well as network with Norwegian colleagues. Final programme here.

The Swedish Library Association is celebrating its centenary

Celebrating our centenary

100-AR-MAGENTAIn 1915 a society was founded that is now better known as the Swedish Library Association. For the last one hundred years, people all over Sweden who have knowledge of, commitment to and a passion for libraries have come together to create our association. Our members, through their voluntary engagement, have built up the Swedish library system we have today through practical work, the sharing of their knowledge and by constantly explaining the value of libraries to society. The Swedish Library Association is still a society-changing force that plays a clear role in library development because our mission is timeless. The focus of our work is always based on the belief that a library is a cornerstone of democratic development.

The Swedish Library Association stands for everyone’s right to free access to knowledge, culture and information. We believe in development through knowledge. We know that language is power. And we know what obstacles can stand in the way of democracy. Our vision is a society and a world where everyone can use their democratic right to develop, think, speak and write freely. And we believe in the library as one of society’s best responses to future democratic challenges.

During Sweden’s industrialization, the Swedish Library Association developed standards for universal access to knowledge and education in parallel with broad social movements. After World War II, the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights confirmed the right of everyone to freedom of opinion and expression, and the “freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”. The library system in Sweden was built to fulfil that goal. Records from those years show the development not only of more and better libraries, but also a powerful expansion of adult education and training in the community, which laid the foundation for the relatively equal access to knowledge and information we have in Sweden today.

Swedish Library Association members have contributed greatly to the democracy-building process in this country. Public libraries, school libraries, academic libraries and specialist authority and organization libraries – today, libraries represent a nationwide infrastructure of knowledge, science, culture and information that is open and available to all. With the realization that democracy is still developing in the era of globalization, we also cooperate with library associations and libraries around the world to enhance freedom in other countries. We are part of a growing international library movement with solid cooperation in the Nordic region, Europe and the rest of the world.

Over the years we have celebrated many successes, some very recent. In 2011 the entitlement of schoolchildren to school libraries was written into the Education Act; in 1997, Sweden passed a Library’s Act and 2014 it was strengthened. Now we continue to push for a strong national library strategy and increased resources for libraries. Only then can these laws remain effective. We are meeting the challenges of digitization and helping everyone in society take advantage of the huge information resource that libraries represent!

It is with pride, joy and eagerness that the Swedish Library Association now invites you to join in our jubilee year, 2015. We are a member-supported organization that collects Sweden’s most skilled and dedicated experts from all types of libraries. We will continue to defend your right to have independent, strong and accessible libraries. We will continue to influence policy and contribute to knowledge and debate. We have 100 years of library work in the service of democracy behind us, and we have even more work to do in the future.

In Gothenburg the Swedish Libray Association will sponsor the evening reception on the 5th of September

Cycling for Libraries Seminar: Discussion and Debate in Norwegian Libraries



Join us at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA) to welcome Cycling for Libraries participants to Norway and learn about how Norwegian libraries are responding to the Norwegian Library Law that mandates libraries serve as public arenas for discussion and debate. All librarians, LIS students and lovers of libraries are welcome to attend!

Time: August 31, 2015 from 13:00 to 16:00

Location: Oslo and Akershus University College (HiOA), Pilestredet 48, room P568

Preliminary Schedule

13:00-13:15 Jamie Johnston, PhD Candidate HiOA & Cycling for Libraries Organizer

13:15-13:30 Ann-Christin Gramming, Law Librarian & Cycling for Libraries Organizer

13:30-14:00 Ragnar Audunson, Professor HiOA

14:00-14:30 Marianne Julin Montgomery, Section Leader HiOA Learning Center and Libraries

15:00-15:30 Kristen Danielsen, Library Director Deichman

15:30-16:00 Aslak Sira Myhre, National library

Reception 16:30-18:30

The seminar will be held in English


Jamie Johnston

PhD Candidate, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences Email:

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