Model Programme for Public Libraries

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Thematic case Køge: The Performative Space

In the project 'Space according to needs', Køge Libraries have worked on creating and supporting valuable encounters between users in the library's spaces.

The project took its starting point in the 4-space model, which served as inspiration for the thematisation of the Communal Table from one week to another.

The Communal Table

In collaboration with the design agency UiWE, the library built a prototype – a 'Communal Table' – with a view to meeting various intentions. Partly to break up the space so that people would perceive it as something new. Partly to use the Communal Table to study the users' behaviour in a limited part of the space. The Communal Table gave the library a stage that they could alter to facilitate before/after studies

Valuable encounters

It became clear that the Communal Table could contribute to creating and supporting a variety of valuable encounters.

One week, the Communal Table was left completely neutral in order to find out what it could do in its own right. Here, the users used the space as a meeting room.

Another week, a number of different items were placed on the table, e.g. games combined with paintings on the wall etc., which meant that the Communal Table became an inspiration space.

A third week, creative material was made available so that the users could paint etc., and the table thus created the performative space.

A fourth week, the table was manned, turning the space into a learning space.

Interplay between space and users

Regardless of the Communal Table theme, it was the interplay between the space and the users that created the behaviour in each case.
With this project, Køge Libraries have gained three very concrete insights:

1. People are not necessarily aware that they actually meet each other, although this is the case, and it is only when they are made aware of this fact that they can verbalise it. The same people also consider the social dimension of the library visit important.

2. Children draw adults along to the 'new' space with content that encourages activity. This way, the children's adults are brought into encounters.

3. Meeting other people may be the primary need, although something else is expressed as the reason for the library visit.

18. Sep 2017 at. 14:05

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