In the future library the traditional bookcase and reading table evolve into a dynamic meeting space, both digitally and physically. A place where people can find knowledge and inspiration, where they can keep developing themselves, and are encouraged to keep participating in society.
It isn’t just the libraries that are changing, our lives are changing as well. The line between the on- and offline world is dissipating rapidly. Where we currently still go ‘on’ the internet, in the future we might go ‘inside’ the internet. As libraries, we are evolving along with that development.
The online world makes us more accessible, sees us accomplish our social tasks better and more broadly. We won’t aim to build a digital copy of our physical services, but to redefine the library service as such. Eight libraries have joined forces with The Alignment House and begun the transformation to a hybrid library model. The project is titled ‘From Third Place to Third Space’ and aims to increase the reach and interaction between public libraries and the communities they serve.
The Third Space can’t be designed by libraries alone. The residents, as experts of their own experience, must also think along and participate in the design and development of The Third Space. Together with them, a prototype is designed and implemented in the library in five phases.