Relocated from top to bottom
For the fifth time in its existence, the Beek-Ubbergen Library has moved. This time from the upper floor of the Kulturhus in Beek to the former lobby on the ground floor. This lowers the threshold for entering. On the ground floor, the library does have a little less space than upstairs, but thanks to the practical layout it´s not a problem. A major advantage is that the opening hours of the library are now much longer than before: the same as the Kulturhus. Staff are present for four periods of the day and the rest of the time it is self-service.
Sharing knowledge and meeting
Today’s library is a real meeting place. More and more activities, such as Language Cafes, lectures and workshops are being organised in libraries. “Sharing knowledge, reading pleasure and meeting each other: these are still our core tasks,” says Ronald Ravensbergen, manager of libraries at the Bibliotheek Gelderland Zuid. When Ronald asked us to think along with him about a suitable interior, we immediately saw it as an interesting challenge. Our own design studio created a design in collaboration with Ellen Alberts, project manager of the Bibliotheek Gelderland Zuid.
Reading bar, book forest and reading table on wheels
An important starting point was that various functions had to be facilitated in a smaller space than before. In addition, the space had to be attractive to the various target groups. For example, we made a reading bar where you can have a drink and a special area for children in the book forest, with several nice spots where they can quietly read a book and where they can also go climbing. The large magazine cabinet with a reading table next to it is on wheels, so you can easily create space for a lecture or other activity.