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Conference: Reshape – Designing the future of the library


Are You interested in new library service design, library spaces and accessibility?

Welcome to Helsinki, Finland on September 26-27, 2016, to get the latest information and learned lessons about some of the newly build and renovated quality libraries from different cities around the world!

New libraries are currently being planned or have recently been completed in many cities around the world. New technologies and changes in individual behavior alter the way in which we approach service design in an evolving environment. It requires that we rethink and redesign the whole view of libraries.

The City of Helsinki is currently building a new central library scheduled to open in December 2018. Because of this, the Helsinki City Library will organize a conference to share experiences, best ideas – and “lessons learned”.

Conference program

Professor of Design business management, Ms. Anne Stenros from Aalto University in Finland, will start the conference with her keynote address. We shall have a rare opportunity to hear Mr. Tom Loosemore, UK, who tells about Gov.Uk and user centered design.

We shall also take a look at newly build libraries, such as library manager Mr. Knud Schulz’s presentation of DOKK1 library in Denmark as well as hear the latest experiences from Belgium, where the City of Ghent is currently building a new library. In addition, we shall hear about the Canadian Galgary library from Mr. Paul McIntyre Royston.

Join us in Helsinki, Finland for two days September 26-27, 2016. We’ll explore the new service design, new ideas for library spaces and innovations that will help today’s library serve its patrons long into the future.

Here is the preliminary program.

Conference inrofmation and registration

RESHAPE – Designing the future of the library, September 26-27, 2016, Helsinki Finland. Address: Helsinki Congress Paasitorni, Paasivuorenkatu 5 A, 00530 Helsinki, Finland.

The registration fee is €100, which includes coffee and lunch on both days.

Registration to the conference is online now, please register here !

Accommodation can be booked straight from the hotel Scandic Paasi (reservation code BHEL250916) or other hotels. Please note, that the conference fee does not include the accommondation.

For more information, please contact the Helsinki City Library International Unit

  • Project manager Ms. Kristina Virtanen: kristina.virtanen(a), Tel. +358 40 187 2616
  • Communications Specialist Ms. Maisa Hopeakunnas: maisa.hopeakunnas(a), Tel. +358 40 153 82 88
  • Library Assistant Ms. Noora Suviranta: noora.suviranta(a), Tel. +358 40 658 9592
  • Helsinki City Library’s international operations

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