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Cycling for libraries Croatia 2020

Cycling for libraries Belgium 10–13 September 2017

From the country that supplies the world with beer, chocolate, waffles and surrealism: we bring you a four-day local tour in the East of Belgium. It’s Belgian to the core: co-created by librarians and library lovers from all three of the country’s official language communities. Communities that know each other very little and have separate media, culture and library policies. It will be an adventure in the best Cycling for Libraries tradition: an international bicycle unconference and library advocacy tour, crossing language borders and connecting different countries. We strive to bring together librarians from the Dutch, French and German speaking parts of Belgium, so they can get to know each other and share experiences with international colleagues. We are inspired by our country motto: ‘Unity makes strength’. We believe this to be true on many levels. Hence our motto for this tour: ‘United we bike’. Hop on your bikes and join us on this quadrilingual tour, celebrating language learning and mutual understanding! Registration for the full tour is now open. Single day participation following soon.

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:

Cycling for libraries receives economic support for seminar on librarian competencies

Greta Linder


We have just received news that we have been selected as this years recipient of “the Greta Linder grant”. The grant is managed by DIK, the professional association and trade union for librarians. The money will go towards a seminar on the ferry between Gothenburg (S) and Fredrikshavn (DK) where we will discuss librarian competencies. The seminar will be open to Cycling for library particpants as well as Nordic colleagues.

Location: Mistral, Stena Danica

Final program:

08:30-08:45  Boarding in Gothenburg
08:55 – 09:15 Swedish fika
09:15 – 09:20 Opening of the conference

09:20 – 10:00 What do you do all day?
What is is like to work as a corporate librarian or at a Fablab? Elinor Magnusson, SCA Hygiene Products & Rasmus Fangel Vestergaard, Copenhagen libraries

10:00 – 10:30 Fika and opportunity to network

10:30 – 12:00 The skills and competencies required by librarians in the future (panel discussion)
Moderator – Robin Neidorf
Bo Jacobsen, library boss at Vesthimmerlands Biblioteker
Ingrid Johansson, lecturer at University of Borås, Library & information science
Rasmus Fangel Vestergaard, Copenhagen Public Librariesn works with the new library strategy
Ann-Christin Karlén Gramming, has researched the identity, competences and professional development of corporate librarians

Information about the joint Nordic Master in Cultural Leadership, Linnea Lindsköld ( University of Borås)
Read information here


12:00 – 12:15 closing, wrap up

Arrival Fredrikshavn: 12:30

The seminar is also supported by SFIS, the Swedish Association of Information specialists

Greta Linder, 1888-1963, was a pioneer in regards to the development of Swedish public libraries and the librarian profession. She attended library school at the New York Public Library 1915-1916 and brought back many ideas regarding cataloguing that were implemented in Swedish public libraries. She later worked as a library consultant training other librarians. She loved to travel. Sje made numerous study trips to Denmark, Norway, England and Germany and she encouraged her younger colleagues to do the same.

I G Margareta (Greta) Linder,, Svenskt biografiskt lexikon (art av Elise Adelsköld), 2015-06-24.


Cyc4lib partners with Next library 2015

Next library

Next Library- The gold at the end of the rainbow.
As many of you know it’s customary for a cycling for libraries event to end in at a destination with a library related event or conference. This year we’ll be arriving in Aarhus in time for the Next Library Festival. This year we’re proud to have entered a partnership with Next Library.
As not everyone riding with us also takes part in the Festival we’ve constructed two offers for all full-tour participants:
1. Join Next Library Festival  Get2Gether event in Dokk1 as guest Saturday evening 12 September
2. A discount of 300 DKK on the Next Library Festival fee.
Just write”Cycling for Libraries Dokk1” in the field ”in the comment box of the registration form
If you have already registered for both event, notify us and we’ll make sure you can still be available for the discount.
We hope many of you will take advantage of the offer and participate and join the Next Library Festival.
Next Library Festival 12 – 15 September 2015
International opening of Dokk1 – the new library in Aarhus/Denmark
The program is co-created with participants, partners and sponsors; 15 amazing Interactive Sessions are organized by 48 people from 12 countries and they are soon to be announced. Preliminary program is available here:
Registration is open and tickets are sold fast:
People from 25 countries have already registered; Australia, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Republic of Moldova, Singapore, Slovenia; Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, Ukraine, United Kingdom and USA.
Next Library® 2015 is organized by Aarhus Public Libraries in co-operation with conference partners and sponsors: Cycling for Libraries, Danish Agency for Culture, Danish Library Association, EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries), Silkeborg Libraries, Herning Libraries, The Nordic Halmstad Conference Group, The International Author Scene in Aarhus, Systematic Library & Learning, Rambøll – Consulting engineers, designers and management consultants, Aarhus School of Architecture, PIT – Participatory Information Technology Centre, Aarhus University and schmidt/hammer/lassen architects.
DBC is Main Sponsor

Register for Next library here


Lammhults Biblioteksdesign A/S


We work with libraries, leading architects, designers and other professionals in the development of library design and functionality. We adapt our services to suit your needs, budget and timescales, resulting in inspirational and responsive living, working and playing environments.

We offer unique solutions based on functional and creative interior design, contemporary furniture packages and tailor-made product development.

Through 6 solution-provider stages, we aim to design & deliver the best libraries – always.

1. Inspiration – Inspire, explore, challenge and share
2. Briefing – Understand the brief
3. Design – Provide designed solution
4. Presentation – Visualize and communicate the solution
5. Execution – Ensure strong and reliable execution
6. Follow-up – Follow-up, evaluate and evolve

We are library people!

p.S Here are som of the libraries that we have worked with and that you will encounter on the route:



Aarhus is the second-largest city in Denmark; a centre of culture with countless museums and galleries.It’s also a university city. 13% of Aarhus’ population are students, making Aarhus the youngest city in Denmark. Aarhus has also recently been named European Capital of Culture 2017.

Getting there

By air

There are several airports in the Aarhus vincinity. Aarhus airport, also known as Tirstrup airport, is 45km northeast of the city. Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has daily flights to/from Copenhagen International Airport (flying time 35 minutes); Sun-Air (affiliated with British Airways) operates direct connections to Stockholm, Gothenburg and Oslo. Ryanair has daily connections to/from London (Stansted). The bus from Tirstrup to Aarhus costs DKK 100 one way (travel time approx. 50 minutes). The final stop is the train station in the center of Aarhus
There is also an aiport in Billund (where you can visit Legoland as well!). The bus ride from Billund to Aarhus takes approximately 1.5 hours, and costs app. DKK 180 (one way).center.

By boat

If you are travelling to and from other Scandinavian countries, there are ferries to Northern Jutland (Frederikshavn, Hirtshals or Grenå). Mols Linien operates ferries to Odden and Kalundborg

By train or bus

Rødbus is the cheapest transport from Copenhagen (among other cities) to Aarhus. Ticket prices around 100 kr. Abildskou operates buses from Copenhagen (Valby Station), Copenhagen Airport, Hamburg Airport and Berlin. Eurolines operates buses to and from Hamburg.  All regional and long-distance buses stop at Aarhus bus station, 300m northeast of the train station.
All trains arrive and depart from  Aarhus Hovedbanegård (Aarhus H). Trains to Copenhagen (via the airport) (one way Dkr382, three to 3½ hours), via Odense (Dkr240, 1¾ hours), leave Aarhus roughly half-hourly. Check out the timetables at Danish railways are cyclist-friendly, with special spaces for bicycles on trains but you need to purchase a separate ticket for your bike.

Accomodation in Aarhus

Cabinn – rooms with bunks and double rooms right in the centre of town
Danhostel Aarhus – idyllically situated in Riis Skov Park, 3 km from central Aarhus
City Sleep-in – basic hostel in Havnegade, 5 min from the train station.
Aarhus Hostel
– located the Aarhus suburb of Hasselager, 10 km away from central Aarhus
Scandic City Hotel centrally located in Aarhus

Check out the reduced prices for Next library attendees! You book accomodation on the Next library registration.


Get tips on what to do and see in Aarhus based on how you are feeling
Aarhus, Denmark: a cultural city guide



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.




2015 Austin, Texas


We’re back! Join us in Austin for a fun day of cycling and touring unique libraries.

Date: Tuesday, April 14th

Time: 7:30 am-2:00 pm

Place: 4th and Trinity or middle of 4th Street (between Trinity and Red River) at the Convention Center

Cost: $35 for participants bringing their own bikes; $60 for participants needing rentals

Registration: This is a separate event from the TLA Annual Conference. Registration for the conference is not required.

Fee includes t-shirt, snacks and lunch

WELCOME to our second Cycling for Libraries, or conference on a bike, event in Texas! In addition to spending the day exploring Austin streets, parks and institutions, participants will enjoy a memorable networking opportunity while visiting local libraries.

We will cycle about a 25-mile round trip from Austin’s Convention Center to the east side of Austin. Our first stop is the Legislative Reference Library in the Texas Capitol. Learn what is so special about this library and its services! We then hop back on our bikes and enjoy a short 2 mile ride to the Carver Branch of the Austin Public Library. Why is this library unique? It became APL’s first branch, and the first branch to serve black citizens. Then it is a scenic ride down the Walnut Creek Trail. This trail is approximately 7.3 miles in length and consists of a 10′ wide concrete trail with 2′ shoulders. There are several creek crossings and trail heads on the trail. Our last library stop will be the Regional Foundation Library where we will be touring and eating lunch. The Library has one of the most extensive Foundation Directory archives in the United States and is the fifth-oldest Foundation Center. Lunch provided by ThunderCloud Subs

We will be riding the streets and bike trails. Never ridden 25 miles? Never fear! The route is mostly flat plus you have 10 weeks to prepare! The pace will be moderate, around 9-10 mph.

Event Address: 4th and Trinity or middle of 4th (between Trinity and Red River) at the Convention Center. Map will be posted at a later date.

Schedule: Tuesday, April 14th

  • 7:30 am-8:00 am: Check-in, pick up rental bikes at start location, biking instructions, and t-shirts
  • 8:15 am: Leave the Convention Center. We need to keep a tight schedule, so please be ready to ride at 8:15 am!
  • 8:45 am: Tour stop at the Legislative Research Library. Host and speaker: Donald Brower, Program Specialist
  • 9:15 am: Visit the Carver Branch of the Austin Public Library. Hosts: Doreen Boyd, Director and William Donaldson, Administrative Senior
  • 10:15 am: Arrive at Walnut Creek Trails. Ride is about 14 miles with snacks.
  • 12:30 pm: Arrive at the Regional Foundation Library. Tour with Ellen Moutos Lee, Director. Lunch provided at this stop.
  • 2:00 pm: Arrive back at the Convention Center

We will have riding with us a medic and a bike mechanic. At each location we will have volunteers watching the bikes, so locks are recommended but may not be needed.


For those renting a bike, we have secured a contract with Cycleast. Your bikes will be ready to pick up at 7:30 am at the registration area and Cycle East will pick them up at the end of the tour. Each rental will have a bottle cage, so feel free to bring your water bottles. The company is also providing a cyclist assistant during the ride.

More info: Texas Library Association

Un congrès de bibliothécaires à vélo

Cyclo-biblio — Cycling for libraries

Un congrès de bibliothécaires à vélo

Montpellier – Lyon

Dossier de Presse • 6 – 14 août 2014 •

Contact Presse • • +33 687 96 04 05 1


110 bibliothécaires à vélo — 500 KM, 9 JOURS, 15 NATIONALITÉS, 17 VISITES DE BIBLIOTHÈQUES

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Créé en 2011, Cycling for libraries est un événement annuel ouvert à tous, bibliothécaires, étudiants, enseignants, libraires, éditeurs, amis ou passionnés des bibliothèques.

En 2014, le voyage à vélo se déroule en France du 6 au 14 août et emprunte le nom de Cyclo-biblio. Il suit un itinéraire de Montpellier à Lyon, essentiellement sur des routes cyclables et des voies vertes. Nîmes, Avignon, Montélimar, Valence, Vienne marquent les étapes d’un soir. Le trajet donne l’occasion de visiter des bibliothèques, de rencontrer des professionnels et de dialoguer avec des élus.

Cycling for libraries est une campagne de promotion des bibliothèques portée par l’IALA, International Association for Library Advocacy, qui soutient et promeut des opérations similaires dans le monde entier.

Contact Presse • • +33 687 96 04 05 2

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Créé en 2011, Cycling for libraries se présente comme une conférence internationale à vélo pour les bibliothécaires et les amis des bibliothèques. L’idée est venue d’un groupe de bibliothécaires finlandais à la recherche de nouvelles formes de rencontres entre professionnels. Ils ont choisi le voyage à vélo comme un moyen privilégié et innovant.

Le premier congrès Copenhague – Berlin 2011 a réuni 80 bibliothécaires du monde entier. La deuxième édition de Cycling for libraries s’est déroulée dans les pays baltes en 2012, puis une troisième édition a eu lieu en 2013 ralliant Amsterdam à Bruxelles. Cette 3e édition s’est conclue par une réception au Parlement européen.

Pourquoi le choix de la France en 2014 ? Cyclo-biblio s’achève à Lyon le 14 août, juste avant l’ouverture du congrès international des bibliothécaires et professionnels de l’information (IFLA) regroupant plus de 4 500 congressistes.

Une campagne de promotion des bibliothèques

Cyclo-biblio est une campagne de promotion en faveur des bibliothèques qui vise à rappeler le rôle fondamental des bibliothèques dans la société.

Une équipe vidéo sera présente pendant tout le trajet et réalisera un documentaire sur le projet. Ce documentaire sera diffusé ultérieurement sur le web ou auprès de chaînes de télévision.


Cyclo-biblio est entièrement organisé par des bénévoles avec l’aide des communautés locales de bibliothécaires et de cyclistes tant pour le choix de l’itinéraire et des hébergements que pour l’organisation des visites ou animations.

L’équipe française d’organisation est constituée de neuf bibliothécaires venant d’horizons différents, bibliothèques universitaires ou bibliothèques publiques. Plusieurs d’entre eux ont déjà participé à l’une des éditions précédentes de Cycling for Libraries.

Le challenge du groupe d’organisation est multiple. Il lui faut concilier la difficulté d’organiser un événement au mois d’août alors que certaines bibliothèques connaissent une fermeture estivale, de trouver des hébergements collectifs dans une région touristique et de boucler un budget dans un contexte où les subventions se font rares.

Malgré tout, la «French team» est déterminée à réussir ce challenge et œuvre en ce sens depuis plusieurs mois. Chacun active ses contacts professionnels, participe aux réunions de débriefing par Skype, se mobilise sur les réseaux sociaux. Un projet de finance participative sur le site Kisskissbankbank devrait aider à résoudre la question budgétaire.

International Association for Library Advocacy

L’organisation du Cyclo-biblio est portée par l’IALA, International Association for Library Advocacy, qui soutient et promeut des opérations similaires dans le monde entier. En 2014, des tours sont organisés localement dans les pays baltes, en Russie, au Texas, dans le Tennessee et en Grande-Bretagne. Cyclo-biblio en France est positionné comme l’événement international de l’année 2014.

L’équipe française travaille en lien avec l’IALA et plus particulièrement son président et co- fondateur du concept Cycling for Libraries, Jukka Pennanen.


Cyclo-biblio est ouvert à tous, bibliothécaires ou non-bibliothécaires. Les cent-dix premiers inscrits sur le site internet participent au voyage. Une liste d’attente permet de compenser les éventuels désistements. Les participants viennent du monde entier : Canada, Etats-Unis, Russie, Finlande, Danemark, Allemagne, Grande-Bretagne, Croatie, Suède, Lettonie, etc.

Cette année, la participation française est nettement plus élevée que les années précédentes. Le groupe compte une vingtaine de francophones. Le congrès des bibliothécaires à vélo est bilingue, français et anglais mais d’autres langues comme le russe, l’allemand, le finlandais ,… alimentent les conversations.

Si la majorité des participants sont des professionnels des bibliothèques, le groupe compte aussi des étudiants, des informaticiens, des enseignants, des passionnés de littérature, de vélo ou de bibliothèques. Tous ont un intérêt professionnel ou personnel à participer à cet événement qui leur permet de rencontrer des personnes de différents horizons dans un cadre propice à l’échange.

Chaque participant est encouragé à négocier avec son employeur la possibilité de participer sur son temps de travail. La plupart rentreront dans leur pays en témoignant de ce mouvement international de promotion des bibliothèques au moyen de conférences, d’articles de presse, de vidéos ou de photos postées sur internet.


L’itinéraire à vélo couvre une distance d’environ 500 km, de Montpellier à Lyon. Des étapes sont prévues à Nîmes, Avignon, Montélimar, Valence, Vienne. Sur la route ou à l’étape, des rencontres sont organisées : Lire à la plage à Montpellier, le Carré d’Art à Nîmes, la médiathèque la Passerelle à Bourg-les-Valence, la Mémo, médiathèque municipale d’Oullins, et bien d’autres, sans oublier la découverte du patrimoine culturel de la région traversée.

L’itinéraire est défini avec l’aide des associations locales de cyclistes : délégation régionale Rhône-Alpes de l’AF3V, association française de développement des Véloroutes et Voies Vertes, Pignon sur rue à Lyon, La Ville à Vélo à Lyon… Il emprunte la plupart du temps des voies vertes et voies cyclables dont la Via Rhôna qui permet la découverte à vélo de la vallée du Rhône.

Localement, des adhérents de ces associations de cyclistes accompagnent le groupe à la journée pour les guider le long des voies cyclables ou leur faciliter la circulation en zone urbaine.

Que serait un voyage en France sans une visite de vignoble ? Les bibliothécaires à vélo ne manqueront pas aussi de visiter en route l’un des vignobles de la région Rhône, Drôme ou Languedoc-Roussillon.

Pour assurer la sécurité des cyclistes, mais aussi donner de la visibilité à l’événement, des gilets jaunes sont imprimés et portent haut les couleurs de l’événement. Sur le parcours, les passants reconnaissent ces cyclistes vus la veille dans les médias et les interpellent. Un échange s’instaure ainsi avec les publics rencontrés.

L’encadrement est assuré par des capitaines de route, soit une équipe d’une dizaine de cyclistes habitués des trajets en groupe.


Pour ceux qui ont déjà participé à Cycling for Libraries, l’expérience a été tellement enrichissante qu’il leur semble évident de faire découvrir à leur tour le réseau des bibliothèques françaises et les professionnels qui l’animent.

Mais le projet est surtout une opération de communication sur la place des bibliothèques dans la société d’aujourd’hui. C’est pourquoi le rôle des médias, TV, radios, journaux, web est primordial. Tout doit être mis en œuvre pour donner de la visibilité à l’événement. En sortant de leurs bibliothèques, qui sont parfois considérées comme des lieux préservés et clos, les professionnels entendent attirer l’attention sur leur rôle dans la société, sur les menaces qui pèsent sur les équipements sous forme de réductions de budgets, réductions de personnels ou censure sur le choix des acquisitions. Ils entendent rappeler aussi combien ces lieux sont importants pour favoriser l’accès à la connaissance et à l’information dont tout le monde a besoin.

Le voyage à vélo donne le temps aux participants d’aborder les thématiques qui concernent les professionnels des bibliothèques ou les usagers de ces équipements. A la différence des congrès traditionnels, loin des salles de conférences et des présentations formelles, l’information circule aisément, dans toutes les directions et chaque cycliste peut discuter librement avec son voisin du moment.

La thématique générale de Cyclo-Biblio est «Bibliothèques hors les murs». Elle amène à réfléchir à la meilleure façon de promouvoir les bibliothèques auprès des élus, du public, des médias. Dans cette démarche, l’appui des citoyens est important. C’est pourquoi, Cyclo- biblio est ouvert à tous et s’attache à rencontrer les publics sur son parcours.


Nous retrouver sur Internet

  • Site web Cycling for Libraries
  • Page Facebook
  • Compte Twitter @cyc4lib
  • Compte Flickr
  • Projet Kisskissbankbank libraries9

Contacter l’un des membres de l’équipe d’organisation

  • Anne Guégan coordination
  • Lara Jovignot coordination, itinéraires, accueil à Lyon, visites de bibliothèques
  • Jean-Marie Feurtet accueil à Montpellier, sponsoring
  • Jean-Philippe Aynié accueil à Montpellier, itinéraires
  • Virginie Eck accueil à Lyon, sponsoring
  • Jukka Pennanen co-fondateur de Cycling for libraries

Contact Presse • • +33 687 96 04 05 9 

CYCLO-BIBLIO : 110 bibliothécaires à vélo de Montpellier à Lyon

16 nationalités, 500 km, 9 jours, 17 bibliothèques

Cyclo-biblio de passage à Montpellier, Nîmes, Avignon, Montélimar, Valence, Vienne et Lyon du 6 au 14 août 2014


Créé en 2011, Cycling for libraries est une campagne de promotion des bibliothèques portée par l’IALA, International Association for Library Advocacy, qui soutient des opérations similaires dans le monde entier.

En 2014, le voyage à vélo se déroule en France du 6 au 14 août et emprunte le nom de Cyclo-biblio. Il suit un itinéraire de Montpellier à Lyon, essentiellement sur des routes cyclables et des voies vertes. Le trajet donne l’occasion de visiter des bibliothèques, de rencontrer des professionnels et de dialoguer avec des élus.

Cyclo-biblio est une opération de communication sur l’importance des bibliothèques dans la société. En effet, les bibliothèques sont des lieux de culture et de détente mais aussi des lieux donnant à chacun les moyens de se former, s’informer et accéder aux réseaux numériques. En sortant de leurs bibliothèques, qui sont parfois considérées comme des lieux préservés et clos, les professionnels entendent attirer l’attention sur ce rôle essentiel qui mérite d’être reconnu comme un moyen d’atténuer le risque d’exclusion sociale et numérique.

Cyclo-biblio vous donne donc rendez-vous sur la route des vacances!  De passage dans votre ville, ces 110 cyclistes ne passeront pas inaperçus avec leur gilet jaune arborant le slogan “La passion des bibliothèques”.

Les étapes du peloton : 

  • Le 6 août à Montpellier
  • Le 7 août de Montpellier à Saint-Jean de Védas et retour
  • Le 8 août de Montpellier à Nimes
  • Le 9 août de Nimes à Avignon
  • Le 10 août d’Avignon à Montélimar
  • Le 11 août de Montélimar à Valence
  • Le 12 août de Valence à Vienne
  • Le 13 août de Vienne à Lyon
  • Le 14 août à Lyon

Contact médias Cyclo-biblio / Cycling for libraries : Lara Jovignot – +33 687 96 04 05 – media(at)

A suivre sur les réseaux sociaux #cyc4lib et #cyclobiblio

Rejoignez-nous une journée !

Venez pédaler une journée pour soutenir le rôle des bibliothèques. Découvrez le programme, prenez votre vélo et votre pique-nique, et retrouvez-nous quand vous voulez! Nous vous fournirons un gilet jaune au logo de Cyclo-biblio. N’hésitez pas à nous contacter pour toute question.

Help us to finance the greatest campaign to support libraries ever imagined!

You can help to keep the ball rolling! This year the organizers of the Cycling for libraries have not been as successful in raising funds from donators as previous years. Despite of that, we decided to take a risk and to prepare the tour as we have done for three years now! Why? Because we thought it is of utmost importance to keep the ball rolling and not let the idea of the public advocacy work for libraries disappear!
We want to show the world that there are lots library people and library lovers who are ready to take a chance for saving one of the most precious public services— libraries!
Donating is a useful way to participate in Cycling for libraries library advocacy. Every cent is precious!

Cycling for libraries team & International Association for Library Advocacy