No need to stop and ask for directions

5 November / Signage

Clear signage steers people to the right product

We all know the feeling of not being able to find what we are looking for and let’s be honest, we’d rather find it ourselves than have to ask.

That is why signage is so important in a library. It gives people the information they need to find what they are looking for without having to take up a librarian’s time.

Wayfinding or directory signage placed at the entrance of a library, will quickly and easily direct people to the correct zone within the library. Once in the right area, clear shelf signage will help them find exactly what they are after.

Longsight Public Library, United Kingdom
Manchester City Public Library, United Kingdom

What's your study style?

22 October / Academic libraries

Not every student prefers silence to study

An Academic Library provides students with the perfect study environment, especially because the information and resources they need to ace their exams and assignments is right at their fingertips.

Some students prefer to study alone, whereas others learn better in a group setting. When designing an academic library, it therefore fundamental to accommodate students’ various learning styles. Quiet study zones where students can focus and learn individually, as well as group areas where students can discuss and collaborate, need to be integrated in the library layout.

Darmstadt Academic Library, Germany
Newport University, Wales, United Kingdom
Queen Mary University, London, United Kingdom

Relate to children at their level

23 August / Children's zone

Sindal Public Library, Denmark

Child-size furniture for the perfect-fit library

Do you remember how big everything was when you were a child? The world was an unexplored expanse waiting to be discovered. And you longed for your independence to go on adventures without needing an adult.

To nurture that curiosity and fuel that independence, a children’s library zone needs to be child-size. The shelving needs to be at a height where they can reach the books on the top shelf. The tables and chairs need to be the perfect fit. The display needs to be at their eye-level. All of this so that children can feel the space is made especially for them and that they can enjoy all it has to offer with or without mum and dad.

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Accessorize your library and grab attention

12 March / Display & exhibition

Create a fun and inviting environment

A new handbag, shiny necklace or colourful pair of shoes - the right accessories can grab attention and easily change your appearance from drab to fab. 

So then why not use accessories to spice up your library? Like our colourful, fluorescent “In-between” index blocks; or our “Wawes” book displays.

It may be 'mission impossible' to organise the contents of your handbag, but we promise these accessories will bring pizzazz, as well as organisation to your library.

See more in our webshop.

Waves displays in neon colours
Waves displays in neon colours

The library of the future is here

24 February / Technology

Stay up-to-date!

We constantly keep abreast of the latest happenings and developments in the library world in order to fuel our inspiration and feed our hunger to remain at the forefront of library design.

The Hunt Library, located on North Carolina State University’s research campus, is without a doubt the library of the future. It is a flagship and benchmark for libraries wanting to embrace digital technology.

With high-tech tools, immersive spaces and an environment that fosters collaboration, the Hunt Library helps students turn ideas into reality.

It is a place of passion and vision; reflection and creativity – all of which are assisted and nurtured through the use of interactive computing, multimedia and large-scale visualization tools, enabling revolutionary ways to see and use information.

This library is evidence that the libraries of the future are not buildings where dust settles on books, but rather lively hubs where people can interact with new technologies and create amazing things.

Hunt Academic Library, North Carolina, USA
Hunt Academic Library, North Carolina, USA

Room for both the smaller and the older children

28 December / Schoool libraries

Dalum Public Library, Denmark

School libraries are mainly for children from the age of 5 to the age of 16 or 18, depending on the age of the pupils in the connecting school. Because of the large age span, it is important that the library contains something for the smaller as well as the older children.

The school library can be placed centrally in the school and be an area that the pupils cross several time a day. It is also a possibility that the school library is an integrated part of a public library, known as a combi-library. A combi-library needs to meet the needs of those using the library during the day to read the newspaper, while making sure that there is room for many children at the same time.

A cool place to hang out

18 December / Youth zone

Create a cosy area for your teens

The youth zone is a cosy area for the young users – those who don’t want to be seen as children but still aren’t adults – the TEENS. The zone should be a cool place with its own identity and funny furniture you will not find anywhere else in the library. A place where the teens can hang out and have a good time with friends.

Nesodden Public Library, Norway
Nes Public Library, Norway

Get into the zone

18 December / Study zone

Shirley Public Library, United Kingdom

Different students study in different ways

The demand for library study zones is increasing as many students use the library for both individual and group study. However, what one student expects from a study zone can differ vastly from another. Some students simply need a table, a chair and an outlet for their computer or laptop, irrespective of where this is placed in the library. While others, require a quiet area which is far removed from the hustle and bustle of campus life. It is therefore pertinent to accommodate these varying needs by offering both individual and group study areas located in both social and quiet areas of the library.

Visualise the media

18 December / Technology

Integrate media into library furniture

Integrating screens into shelving can be a way of visualising the media you can’t hold in your hands. The screens are mostly integrated into end panels, but it is also a possibility to integrate the screen into a display, such as Ordrup display, where the news can run over the screen. The screens can be an eye-catcher in the library and inspire the users in their search after new books. The screens can have several different functions such as way finding, a search tool for the users, give information to the users from the library and advertisement. Many of screens are interactive and can be used by the users.

The screens are customised for the users and the function with each project. 

Integrating screens into shelving is an area in development and always changing.

Avedøre Public Library, Denmark
Ørestaden Public Library, Denmark

A place for everyone

18 December / Public libraries

Herning Public Library, Denmark

The public library is a place for everybody and therefore needs to accommodate the needs of many different target groups. The public library is therefore divided into several different zones. There needs to be a zone for the children where they can play and enjoy the wonders of books, a zone for the teens where they can hang out and enjoy the library on their premises, a zone for the parents who want to read the newest bestseller on the shelf, and a zone for the grand parents who want to catch up on the news.   

More than just books

18 December / Public libraries

Today, the libraries are much more than just books. It is often seen that libraries are placed in connection with other cultural function and part of a cultural centre with several functions. In Denmark and in the United Kingdom, public service/county offices are integrated in some libraries, thereby combining different entities and making it easier for citizens.

Furthermore, in many countries, the library has become a place to meet and hang out with friends.

Herning Public Library, Denmark
Stockton Public Library, United Kingdom

Self-service stations

4 December / Technology

Shirley Public Library, United Kingdom

Allow library users to take charge and help themselves

Today, most libraries have Self-service Stations which are automated loan and return desks and enable library users to take out and return books on their own, without the need for a librarian or staff member.  These stations are often placed at the entrance/exit as it is most convenient for the user. 

Let there be light

4 December / Lighting

The right lighting can create the perfect ambiance

Don’t stick to boring, standard lighting. Today, there is an array of creative and interesting lighting systems to choose from in order to create the perfect ambiance and atmosphere.

Cultural Centre North-Western District, Copenhagen, Denmark
Nes Public Library, Norway

Highlight the books

4 December / Lighting

Eccles Public Library, United Kingdom

Modern LED lights are a simple yet effective way to solve poor lighting conditions

Lighting often poses a problem in a library and can cause discomfort and difficulty when trying to distinguish one book from another, especially in poorly lit corners or on bottom shelves. Rather than having to put in new ceiling lights, installing LED lights onto the shelves themselves is a nifty solution to this problem.

Installing LED lighting on the shelves, will light up each row of shelving and will make reading the titles on the spines of the books much easier. It will also modernise your shelving and create a very sophisticated look.

Always seek professional guidance when deciding which lights to install on shelving.

Be inspired by the architecture

4 December / Interior design and architecture

Take cues from the library building to influence layout and furniture choice

Let the architecture of the library building inspire the interior design. Incorporate the historical, modern or distinct architecture of the building to create a coherent interior design.

Cultural Centre North-Western District, Copenhagen, Denmark
Cultural Centre North-Western District, Copenhagen, Denmark
Cultural Centre North-Western District, Copenhagen, Denmark