A NEXT LIBRARY® event is an international gathering of forward-thinking library professionals, innovators and decision-makers who are pushing boundaries and making changes that support learning in the 21st century.

Created by Denmark’s Aarhus Public Libraries and first presented in 2009, the purpose of a NEXT LIBRARY® event is to look ahead and explore the continuously evolving nature of the public library in the 21st century.  For the first time and in partnership with Aarhus Public Libraries, the Chicago Public Library and the Urban Libraries Council brought the NEXT LIBRARY Conference to North America on June 20-25, 2014, at the Chicago Public Library. Previous Next Library events-sites are available in the Archive.

NEXT LIBRARY® is more than a conference; it is a community that has grown to more than 1100 library leaders and innovators from around the world.  
The NEXT LIBRARY® global kaleidoscope includes Australia, Austria, Bhutan, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, China, Columbia, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Faroe Islands, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, New Zealand, Nepal, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Uganda, UK, Ukraine, USA and Vietnam.

THEMES: Rethink: Literacy/The Learning Library/Emerging Trends/Community Engagement and Democracy/Strategic Partnerships/Design Thinking/Play

LOCATION: Dokk1, Aarhus, Denmark

TIME: 11 - 14 June 2017 as part of AARHUS 2017 - EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE Optional events and site visits 9 - 15 June

ORGANISERS: Aarhus Public Libraries in collaboration with participants, partners & sponsors and the amazing Next Library Advisory Board

Project manager Lotte Duwe Nielsen: LDN@aarhus.dk 
Next Library Crew: info@nextlibrary.net


The format of Next Library 2017 will be a further development of "the Next Library Concept", meaning a “patchwork” of co-learning, co-creative, participatory, engaging, pluralistic and interactive meetings, and lots of parallel sessions, great keynote speakers, wildcard sessions, demos/exhibitions, gaming, Networking Dinner Party, Get2Gether, Social un-conferences, alternative events and surprises.

The program will include site visits to the newest and most innovative libraries, cultural institutions and technology innovators in Denmark, e.g.


In order to create the most inspiring and learning environment with optimal conditions for participatory, engaging and interactive meetings and knowledge sharing for attendees  NEXT LIBRARY welcome participants, library organisations and related partners from libraries all over the world. Diversity, recognition, engagement and network are key factors for the success of Next Library events.  

The aim of Next Library events is to involve attendees as much as possible in creating the ideas, topics and format in order to ensure the relevance and opportunities for networking and learning for the attendees from libraries all over the world.
From the start of planning Next Library Festival 2017 we published and invitation to participate in shaping the program: Submit ideas here!


Lotte Duwe Nielsen, Project Manager of Next Library
M: +45 5157 6461 LDN@aarhus.dk

Aarhus Public Libraries-
Rolf Hapel, Cirector of Citizens' Services & Libraries, City of Aarhus
Knud Schulz, Chief of Aarhus Public Libraries
Marie Oestergaard, Manager of Community Engagemen, Partnerships and Communication, Dokk1, Aarhus Public Libraries


We reserve the right to alterations & surprises

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Design thinking - a (simple) guide

Posted by Cleide Fernandes on May 20, 2017 at 16:00 0 Comments

Do you want to learn more about DT? See: https://goo.gl/OObX3O.

See you at #nextlibrary2017!


The way things are

Posted by Cleide Fernandes on May 11, 2017 at 0:48 0 Comments

As human beings, we get used to “the way things are” really fast. But for designers (or great librarians), the way things are is an opportunity … Could things be better? How? Find more here: https://goo.gl/IJn9IZ ;

#nextlibrary2017 #listening2create

See you at Dokk1! :)

Last call: book your seat for a sitevisit!

Posted by Next Library on May 4, 2017 at 13:30 0 Comments

Have you booked your seat for one or more sitevisits? Deadline is extended to May 8! This means you still have an opportunity to get to visit innovative branch libraries, LEGO Idea House, Billund, Silkeborg and Herning Libraries, Moesgaard Museum or learn about design thinking in practice, new street food concepts and…


Things are changing around…

Posted by Cleide Fernandes on May 1, 2017 at 22:10 0 Comments

Why your HR Department Should Embrace Design Thinking:…


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