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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.



The Danish Union of Librarians, Bibliotekarforbundet,  is proud to be sponsoring Cycling for Libraries 2015. With the purpose of creating awareness of library professionals and libraries and simultaneously creating international network we see the conference as an unique way of promoting the important role of libraries and librarians in society. Living in the capital of cyclists and therefor an enthusiastic cyclist herself, the president (chairman), Tine Jorgensen, will participate in part of the Danish tour.

Bibliotekarforbundet, The Danish Union of Librarians – Union of Information Specialists and Cultural Intermediaries,  is an independent trade union, formed to secure wage and working conditions and to cultivate the profession of librarianship in Denmark. Today the Danish Union of Librarians organize approximately 5.500 Danish librarians; about 90% of all educated librarians in Denmark. About 2.600 of them are working in the public libraries, 900 in the research and special libraries, 550 in the private sector – around 4% are without permanent employment.

The Danish Union of Librarians has the double purpose – as union and guild in one. The Union act both as ordinary trade unions, negotiating wage rates, employment and working conditions etc. as well as having a guild function. But we also cover the profession as such, taking interest in its developement, procuring education and in-service training, unemployment etc.

It is within the union that professional pride thrives and is nurtured. Within The Librarians Union it’s considered that the social significance of the trade is reflected in the value of the libraries and vice versa. The Union maintain that wage rates and the prestige of profession are connected.




Danmarks biblioteksforening

The Danish Library Association (DLA) is an organisation which lobbies for libraries, in particular public libraries. Its mission is to campaign for free and equal access to information, knowledge and cultural experiences at local level. The association lobbies the national government and the local municipalities and their politicians. For example, the DLA fought for and succeeded in resisting charges for library services when the most recent library act came into force in 2000. This new Law on Library Activities states that book and digital formats, including the internet, are equally important in today’s Knowledge Society.
Past and present
The DLA has been active for more than one hundred years. In the beginning its aims were to ensure that public libraries had the means, methods and a legal framework to promote reading, reading habits and support literacy.
Today, our aims have expanded into a new vital area. This is supporting and promoting ICT-literacy and assisting citizens to acquire net-search and net-use skills. These abilities are considered fundamental in a democratic e-society.
One of the DLA’s main focuses now is to highlight and promote the concept of the modern library, i.e. the combined physical and virtual library. This modern library offers both traditional services such as books and other printed materials. However, in accordance with the law, it also offers full access to digital documents and resources, and assists users in searching for relevant material on the internet.





Parce que nous fournissons aux familles le plus respectueux moyen de déplacement depuis 35 ans, nous proposons aux professionnels et aux collectivités un outil fonctionnel
et économique !

En choisissant un triporteur Christiania Bikes, vous participez au changement des comportements et donnez plus de place à l’humain dans le tissu urbain.

Notre savoir-faire, c’est avant tout une conception de la mobilité :
nos triporteurs sont légers, solides, maniables et adaptés à de multiples utilisations.

Mais c’est parce que nos triporteurs sont fonctionnels et s’inscrivent dans le développement durable qu’ils vous deviendront indispensables.

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Les raisons d’adopter un triporteur comme mode de transport

  • Respectueux de l’environnement, il s’inscrit parfaitement dans  l’Agenda 21, outil de Développement durable.
  • Economique, il ne nécessite pas d’entretien, ni de carburant ni de parking.
  • Conduite en toute sécurité grâce à ses équipements de série : vérin hydraulique, frein à disque, rétropédalage.
  • Rapide et fluide, il se faufile partout et ne connait pas les embouteillages ni les problèmes de stationnement.
  • Support de communication original, il bénéficie d’un important capital sympathie et d’une forte visibilité.
  • Robuste, il transporte jusqu’à 100 kg de marchandises, avec un cadre garantie 3 ans et une caisse imputrescible.
  • Modulable, il s’adapte à vos envies, et dispose de nombreux accessoires et options (couleurs, bâches, vitesses).




Ils nous font confiance :
Ville de Vannes, Ville de Vichy, Ville de Caen, MJC Ile de France, base de loisirs de Cergy, Emmaüs Tourcoing, CG37, Presstalis, Buzzeo, INCM, Le Vieux Campeur, Rooj, Projet Café, Tariquet…

Les caractéristiques techniques :

  •  Jusqu’à 100 kg de charge
  • Caisse en bois imputrescible
  • Freins à disque avant et rétropédalage
  • Poignée avec frein de parking
  • Vitesses intégrées Nexus Shimano
  • Roues 24 pouces
  • Jantes aluminium double parois
  • Cadre acier ou aluminium
  • Chaîne galvanisée
  • Carter de protection
  • Vérin facilitateur de direction
  • Option assistance électrique
  • Fabrication Danoise


Vos atouts

Pour l’animation

Aller au-devant du public ; communiquer sur vos évènements

Transporter vos livres t revues

Les livres c’est lourd, le triporteur véhicule jusqu’à 100 kg

Attirer l’attention

Ludique et convivial, le triporteur attire les regard et suscite l’intérêt.

Pour l’entretien

Transport des plantes et détritus ;

transport des outils


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Kiitokori has a long experience ranging over forty years as a manufacturer of Library Buses. During these years, we have had a good and constant co-operation with libraries all overNorthern Europe. We have great expertise and experience in producing detailed practical and technical solutions for mobile libraries.

We pay special attention to the interior of the bus. The ergonomics of librarians is also an important baseline for all designs. The drawings are verified by Kiitokori’s designers and customer in close cooperation. We use only high quality, durable and safe materials while manufacturing the Library Bus and furnishing the interior.

Kiitokori Libris can be built by shaped wall pillars or straight wall frames in which case the interior space is sixteen centimetres wider. The total width of the vehicle is similar in both cases. Both models come in all furnishing designs.

Agence bibliographique de l’enseignement supérieur ABES

ABES was created in 1994 to implement Sudoc (Système Universitaire de Documentation or University Documentation System), the union catalogue of France’s higher education libraries. Sudoc opened in 2001 and has proved a resounding success. It covers the collections of 1 419 member libraries along with the 1,793 public or private libraries from the Sudoc-PS network which specialises in referencing serial publications. With over 10 million bibliographic records, 32 million localised documents and 24 million public queries in 2013, it plays a leading role in the French higher education and research information system.






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OCLC is a worldwide library cooperative, owned, governed and sustained by members since 1967. We connect libraries to manage and share the world’s knowledge and to form a community dedicated to the values of librarianship: cooperation, resource sharing and public service.

Our public purpose is a statement of commitment to each other—that we will work together to improve access to the information held in libraries around the globe, and find ways to reduce costs for libraries through collaboration. OCLC members cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat—the world’s most comprehensive database of library materials and a tribute to collaborative spirit of libraries. Librarians guide and shape our direction through a 16-member Board of Trustees—more than half of whom are librarians—and a global council of librarians, who are elected by regional councils of member libraries.


VVBAD – The Flemish Association of Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres


VVBAD will be sponsoring the evening on the 25th of June 2013 for the Cycling for libraries!



Fietsersbond is a cyclists’ organization that strives for bicycle safety. It represents the interests of cyclists in Flanders and Brussels. Better and safer bike lanes, better bicycle parking near train stations and shopping areas, more 30 km zones in village centres, guidelines for the construction of bike lanes, mobility with a focus on sustainable transport, and tax-free bicycle allowances are only a few of the objectives that the organization has achieved in recent years.

Fietersbond will provide road captains and guidance for the Cycling for libraries from Gooik to Brussels and in Brussels on 25 & 26 June.


Espoo City Libraries

In Espoo city libraries you can develop activities. Test innovation. Become inspired. Experiment. Come up with ideas together. Fail. Talk things through. Help one another. In Espoo city libraries you can knit, read, edit photos, play the piano, eat porridge, try out tablets, exercise in Spanish, perform, play, get to know role-playing games. Infants can “bathe” in poems. If you’re a bit older, you can go to story telling hour. In many different languages. In Espoo city libraries you can learn something new and adapt something old. If you want.

With Espoo city libraries you grow and develop yourself. Into a young person, an adult, a human being.




Rautacom Oy


Rautacom Oy imports and markets fireplaces equipped with clean combustion technology; Rocal, Jotul and Scan. So with us you can be sure to find a fireplace that is perfect for your home! Rautacom is also sponsoring the Cycling for libraries a movable sauna! Enjoy!




Kumiluoti (Rubber bullet) a bicycle shop in the heart of Kallio in Helsinki. Kumiluoti sells, maintains and builds all kinds of bicycles. The shop is specialized in fixed gear and single speed bikes and the shop uses new as well as recycled parts. Welcome to take a look at our variable collection! Kumiluoti is sponsoring Cycling for libraries tour 2013 Amsterdam–Brussels.

Brusselse Bibs and Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie


Brusselse Bibs

The “Brusselse bibliotheken” are the Dutch speaking public libraries in the Brussels-Capital Region. The libraries are autonomous but they share a collective library management system and they have a union catalogue. They develop a shared vision on a metropolitan context, and work together on projects about reading and literacy promotion, literacy and ICT, cataloguing and collection management.

Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie

The Flemish Community Commission (“Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie”) is the hub of the Flemish Community in the Brussels-Capital Region. It gives form and content to the capital from the point of view of Dutch-speakers and is the competent authority for issues relating to culture, education, well-being and health. The Flemish Community Commission supports the Dutch speaking public libraries in the Capital Region.



Helsinki City Library



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Library bikes entice people to the Plot Party of the Central Library

There’s much excitement in the air – the winner of The Heart of the Metropolis — Helsinki Central Library Architectural Competition will be announced on 14 June 2013. For a long time now, the new-generation library has been in the process of planning together with residents. Therefore, we want to be where everyone is on this festive occasion.

The library belongs where all people are, on the streets and in the alleys, wherever people get together, run their errands and live their lives. The Central Library is taking the skills, information and stories of a library to the people with the help of six bikes, and is inviting them to discover the new and exciting possibilities of doing things together.

The bikes will ride the streets of Helsinki on 13–14 June from 10 am to 6 pm. Library employees will ride among the people as navigators of stories and information, cycling encyclopaedias and good-mood ambassadors through the streets and alleys. You may spot the children’s bike or the music one, the game, classic or information bike or the one showcasing recent publications.

The library bikes will ”make a pit stop” in front of the Helsinki Music Centre at the Plot Party on 14 June from 12noon to 6pm. The party tents will introduce the Central Library to city residents. There will be demos, e-library contents, interviews, party atmosphere, music and a programme of activities. The award- winning entries can be explored in the foyer of the Helsinki Music Centre between 12noon and 3pm.

That’s pretty good for a library that doesn’t even exist yet, don’t you think? Come and join us – the Central Library is airing its contents.

Two library bikes will remain at the Helsinki City Library for permanent use and can be spotted during the summer on the streets, at events and in urban fields.

More about library bikes

Photos: Jonas Tana





The Flemish Parliament

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The Flemish Parliament

The Library and the Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam



The Library of the University of Amsterdam has sponsored the Cycling for libraries 2013 tour and granted us the free use of the Museumcafé at the University of Amsterdam Special Collections building.

Adamnet – the Amsterdam Library Consortium


Adamnet is a cooperation of 30 public, academic and special libraries in the Amsterdam region. Holders of an Adamnet card can borrow material from all participating libraries for free. There is a shared catalogue in WorldCat. The Amsterdam library consortium website is at http://adamnet.nl/?


The challenge of e-inclusion and social exclusion


We in Civic Agenda have been working with technology in Libraries since 2005. Our sister company RegnerateIT led the way in providing Wi-Fi in UK Libraries from 2004 and we now provide Wi-Fi to many UK Libraries and most prestigiously the British Library.

Our real interests are how technology can be leveraged for Economic and social benefit and we identified the Public Library as a key point for delivery in this sector for reasons you as Librarians will know better than we do.

We began an annual discussion here in Brussels in 2009 when we began the European Congress on E-Inclusion and of course we found many voices from across Europe interested in this topic, but we wanted to get the European Commission to become more aware of this conversation and in 2010 the Conference was taken under the wing of the Belgium Presidency of the European Union. This meant that delegations from across the European Union attended and we were given strong support from the team at the Commission dealing with E-inclusion.

In 2011 we were able to link the Conference to the Polish Presidency of the European Union and we were part of the Gdansk Conference at which we were able to bring the Library experience to a mainstream conference on ICT across Europe.

This coincided with the Global Libraries team at BMGF asking us to support their European Union Working Group of 5 countries and their plans to advocate to the Commission for more recognition of the role of Libraries in education and social and e-inclusion and we have had a great year helping them develop their plans.

As the EU plans and funds it’s time towards 2020 we now believe the time is right for Public librarians and their supporters to “ride” to the European Parliament to meet MEPs and to present to them the fantastic opportunity that Public Libraries have to empower citizens of the European Union across its 27 borders and to change lives for the better as part of the EU 2020 European project.

While you take to your bicycles to change the Commission’s perception of Libraries Civic Agenda’s job here in Brussels will be to prepare for your arrival, welcoming you and to make sure your MEPs know you are coming. We will ask a host MEP to bring you into the Parliament building to meet MEPs and their assistants. There will be a reception and activities during the day to give the best chance to meet the Commission and to share your ideas with them.

Robin Knowles

Civic Agenda will work with you and the team in Finland to develop a “key message” for you to bring and an “ask” to MEPs, to ensure we help them see the link between their EU2020 goals and the work of Librarians in across Europe’s communities.

We look forward to welcoming you to Brussels in June!

Robin Knowles
Civic Agenda


Access to Finnish libraries

Libraries.fi is a website which opens up a view to the world of Finnish libraries. A visit to the website offers basic information on the whole library field, videos on library activities and services as well as routes to the collections and contact information of different types of libraries.

Online visibility for libraries

In Finland, library web catalogs and websites are maintained by individual library authorities. Libraries.fi is a national function aiming at building up shared services for all libraries through projects and development programs. The goal is to offer one-stop access to all library services. We develop tools for all types of libraries. The services include e.g. websites for children and young people, a website focusing on music, online library television and radio which can all be integrated into individual library websites.
The Link library, The Ask a Librarian service and the search services as well as the library register all make it easier to navigate and find the right information online.


Current information for library professionals Libraries.fi edits and aggregates news from the library field and the individual libraries for the use of library professionals. We broadcast library events on television, make interviews, write articles and organize training for library staff. The focus lies on developing online skills and media education at libraries. The Finnish Kirjastot.fi and the Swedish Biblioteken.fi are extensive professional websites providing information, discussions plus an online calendar with library-related job openings, current events and news. The unit is, together with the National Library of Finland, working on the national networked library and helping public libraries rationalize production of their web services.

National and international networking Libraries.fi makes use of a modular and adjustable information technology architecture and network for content provision. The goals of the services are the same as the basic values of the whole Finnish library institution: user orientation, flexibility, openness and gratuitousness of services. The new services mainly make use of open source technology. We like to cooperate internationally in the library field. Meetings, joint development projects and advancing professional practices through discussions are part of our activities. Nimble project organization with state funding The Libraries.fi services are mainly produced with funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture and in cooperation with the Finnish library network. The development unit is part of the organization of the Helsinki City Library – Central Library for Public Libraries. In addition to library professionals, there are also IT and communications specialists working on the different projects.

Kirjastokaista – Library Video Channel

Kirjastokaista.fi is a web service available for everybody. It opens views for libraries, library field, literature and in a wider form to culture through videos and radio programs. At Kirjastokaista.fi you will find interesting librarians, changing cultural themes and numerous friends of libraries and cooperation partners. Programs of Kirjastokaista are divided to culture marketing- and culture programs designed for all the friends of libraries and literature as well as to contents that address the communication in library field and current contents inside the field. Welcome to watch, listen and utilize the programs of Kirjastokaista! Kirjastokaista is part of Libraries.fi-services.

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Kirjastokaista website at http://www.kirjastokaista.fi/?lang=en


Finnish Libraries Now!

Finnish Libraries Now

The introduction to Finnish libraries now can be found at http://now.libraries.fi/

Hämeenlinna public library is Cycling for libraries 2013 partner

The Hämeenlinna City Library is a meeting place of culture and knowledge. It’s known in Finland as a pioneer and innovative developer of library’s web services. The Library has had several development projects, in particular web 2.0 solutions and social media since 2007. In addition to the main library there are seven branch libraries and two library buses. The amount of personnel is 54. Annual amount of loans is 1.3 million, more than 20 loans per inhabitant. New services are developed according to the following divisions:

  • Supporting different activities, participation and studying
  • Culture and media education
  • Preserving cultural inheritance
  • Culture and literature events

The Hämeenlinna City Library is one of the Finnish Regional Libraries. It supports the information services and interlibrary loans in the area’s public libraries and develops the information services about the area of operation. Perhaps the most important regional duty in Hämeenlinna today is familiarizing library personnel in the new form of activities and development projects of library work in the area of operation.


Library as the open learning environment for knowledge and culture

The Hämeenlinna City Library aims to discover and implant novel working practices. The objective is to improve the services for library customers, and to reach new library users. The vehicle for deploying qualitatively new art of library work is training of library personnel and candid deployment of new media technologies. The library has implemented training programs in web writing, production of digital stories, digitizing, image processing, video editing, and social media platforms. In November 2010 the library launched its newest web-service: Virtuaalipolku.fi

It’s based on Google maps and presents cultural objects and events in Hämeenlinna. The users may also create and attach their own maps. The service may be used with mobile devices. It also uses augmented reality technology: QR-code tagged signs have been distributed around the city. Reading these signs with smart phones the users can access interesting media files associated with the sign locations.

The librarians are active content producers in the open regional wiki, Häme-Wiki, where inhabitants can tell their stories and knowledge of their own domiciles. The librarians provide assistance in material production in editing rooms. Through new skills and new interactive services, the library has found its role as an actor in the information society, and has also found new partners and new kind of customers. The development project is funded by the European Social Fund.

The latest national pilot project based in the newest technological solutions is an open library consept of the Jukola Branch Library. It’s a modern self-service library situated in the lively suburb of Hämeenlinna. It’s open every day from early morning to 22 pm. The customers are available to use the services by themselves, without personnal. There will be a librarian on daytime and a net connection to the information service of the main library.


Hämeenlinna, the city of lakes, history and culture

Hämeenlinna is an idyllic provincial city in the middle of southern Finland. This Finlands’s oldest inland town has grown on the shores of Vanajavesi around a medieval castle built in the 13th century. It’s a traditional as well as dynamic city with 67 000 inhabitants. Today Hämeenlinna is experiencing a very positive period of development. In many ways it is the engine of Häme province and a target of interest.