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Why do libraries need buildings?

Why do libraries need buildings? Online

German-Dutch dialogue on the future of libraries 

As part of the German-Dutch partner country initiative, the associations BID and FOBID are happy to offer a series of online seminars on hot topics. 

Every month, a different topic which is currently of interest to library developments in both countries will be discussed by two specialists from the Netherlands and Germany. Subjects being discussed will come from all areas of the library landscape, like artificial intelligence, sustainability in libraries, UX design, library staff recruitment. 

The online seminars are free of charge and in English; registration is required. 

The series starts with the topic: Library Buildings - Why do Libraries need Buildings?

The rapid propagation of digital services from libraries might lead to the conclusion that libraries are moving more and more into immaterial spheres. So, what is the reason that libraries are newly built or modernised for sometimes considerably high amounts of money? Questions like this will be discussed in our webinar by two experts in library buildings and in library politics.


  • Theo Kemperman (Public Library Rotterdam)
  • Olaf Eigenbrodt ( State and Univ.library Hamburg)


  • Barbara Lison, Public Library Bremen; IFLA president-elect
Monday 16 November 2020
11:00 - 12:00
Time Zone:
Central European Time (change)
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
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