open library

open library graphic 2


80+ of them now..

open library

..allows users to access the library space in principle 24/7 and serve them- selves with loans and return materials. And use the computers, read or maybe even set up a meeting or an event, if the space allows it. In the first instance the term ‘open library’ was chosen as the concept was implemented in libraries that had typically been branches with short – and often inconvenient – opening hours. And ‘open library’ is also a term preferable to ‘self service library’, as this concept requires another kind of professional support enabling the users to complete the necessary transactions themselves and to find their way in the library.

In a few years this concept has spread to 80 libraries in Denmark and more are planned.

ie (image below links to pdf):

nordic public libraries

pp 80 ff – libraries.. wherever there are people… move with the people…


adding to open ness – to open ideas.. the human library..

human library


to open library and library as hub and maker/hacker space ness..

I think the most prominent example of a democratic institution is the public library. The point about the public library is, first of all, it is professionally organized. It is not a random collection of books and learning resources. Professionally trained people properly organize it, but the professional activity stops there, at the point of having organized the places where books and things are available in a systematic way. The librarians then say, “It is over to you now, you are the learner, here are the resources, we have organized it for you. You choose what you want to learn, when you want to learn it and take the books away, or read them here. We shall not be testing you, we are not keeping records of what you are learning and it is your private business what you learn.

From Natural Born Learners by Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko, Carlo Ricci



10 weirdest libraries


not to be confused with open library (dot) org

[or maybe so…]


city ness


Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) tweeted at 5:38 AM – 27 Oct 2016 :

Video: “A Library For Portland’s Homeless People” (


KevinHodgson (@dogtrax) tweeted at 5:38 AM – 25 Nov 2016 :

A Bronx Librarian Keen on Teaching Homeless Children a Lasting Love of Books, via @nytimes (


british library fighting loneliness w public living room


Matt Haig (@matthaig1) tweeted at 11:43 PM – 1 Aug 2017 :

Libraries aren’t just about books. They are almost the only public space we have left which don’t like our wallets more than us. (


Tim C (@floatingtim) tweeted at 10:11 PM – 10 Aug 2017 :

A reminder that library fines are bad practice. If your library still has them, offer your copy of #payingtheprice to lib director #DigPed (


Chera Kowalski – a life line


(@schmidtphi) tweeted at 4:57 AM – 13 Jul 2018 :

Good example for the libraries’ commitment to providing public services to their communities. #beyondbooks (

parked in front of library at 11:30pm.. to use wifi