In general, the library’s purpose is slowly switching towards being more community focused. Libraries have started observing their user behavior and wishes and adapted their services based on these insights.

To learn more about whether a library should be more community focused or not and the ways it can be more attractive to the users, we’ve interviewed Jan Holmquist, Assistant Library Director at Guldborgsund Libraries in Denmark.

1.How are the Danish libraries raising the number of visits to the library, opposite to the general trend in the library sector?
The short answer is: It’s complicated. Libraries are offering a lot of events and programs that are very well used by the public. Several libraries also merged with citizens services which also brings in new user groups. We recently opened a FabLab at Guldborgsund Public Library. This is also bringing in new people and is already a huge success in terms…

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