All about Next Library 2019

Next Library 2019 took place in Dokk1, Aarhus June 2-5 2019
The program was co-created with participants and partners.
Next Library 2019 had 400 participants - from 44 countries: 
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Namibia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA and Zambia

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Check out highlights via #nextlibrary2019 and tweets here.


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Herman WassermanProfessor of Media Studies and Director of the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town [video / slides]

Louise Bernard, Director of the Museum of the Obama Presidential Center, Obama Foundation [video / slides]

Christopher Breedlove, Head of Burners Without Borders, Burning Man Project [video / slides]

Martin Brynskov, chair of the global Open and Agile Smart Cities initiative (OASC) [video / slides]
Glòria Pérez-SalmerónPresident of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) [video / slides]


The themes for Next Library 2019 were:

  • Libraries in Times of Social Crisis
  • Temporary Spaces
  • Game Changing Tech & Emerging Trends
  • Civic Media and Data Democracy

Interactive Sessions

See the full list of Interactive Sessions 2019

PAINstorming: Slides / Pictures

Built for Inclusion: Pictures / Slides

Mission Impossible - IYALI: Pictures / Slides

Ignite Talks

Check out the line up of Ignite Next Library Talks 2019 (pdf)

Next Library Daily

Next Library Daily - Monday June 3 (pdf)

Next Library Daily - Tuesday June 4 (pdf)

Next Library Lab

Learning at the Next Library Lab - Blog post by P2PU

Next Library Lab

Hosted by P2PU

Data Lab

Data Lab description

Data Detox Kit

Glass Room Experience

Civic Media Lab

Next Library Studio

Interview with Christopher Breedlove

Interview with Vicki McDonald

Interview with Martin Brynskov

Interview with Herman Wassermann

Interview with Louise Bernard

Interview with Glòria Pérez-Salmerón

Site visits 
Inspiration Tour on Danish Wellbeing : Photos

Site visit to Silkeborg Libraries: Photos / Feedback from participants

Feedback on site visit to LEGO House

Site visit to Three libraries in the forefront of social crises: Feedback

Site visit to The Library Garden: Feedback

Full program of Site Visits

Social events

Stay tuned: we have lots of pictures to share with you!


About the Scholarship grantees

Ideas for building the "Next" Libraries for Africa: Young African public library innovators share learning from their IYALI experience in Denmark / Ramune Petuchovaite


Interviews from Next Library Studio


Ignite Talks

Spoken Word by Emma Holtet


Photos from Inspiration tour / Photo Credit: Mikkel Kaldal

Photos from Doddi


Design Thinking: Design Thinking for Libraries Toolkit

Articles & blogs

7 statements librarians should rethink in 2019 / Jane Cowell and Ian Anstice

Next Library 2019 / Davis Erin Anderson

See you at Next Library 2019 / Michael Stephens

With a little Twist | Office Hours / Michael Stephens

Cross Border Partnerships / Madalina Paxaman

Next Library invites the World to Dokk1 / Madalina Paxaman

NAL’IBALI – READING FOR ENJOYMENT CAMPAIGN receives the Systematic Joy of Reading Award at Next Library 2019 / Madalina Paxaman

Next Library® 2019 / Helle Lauridsen

Next Library 2019/ Bluesyemre

GHLA boss picked up by EiFL as African Library innovator / Modern Ghana staff writer

Next Library Conference 2019 : IFLA will be represented by IFLA president Gloria Perez Salmeron

Articles and blogs in Danish and other languages

Presse release May 31 (in Danish): Aarhus Bibliotekerne inviterer verden ind

Co-creation, Co-operation and Innovation i: Danmarks Biblioteker 2019 : 4 page 28-30 / Hellen Niegaard

Joy of Reading Award (in Danish) / Systematic

Vinderen 2019 - Nal'ibali - Reading for Enjoyment Campaign, South Africa  (Danish) / Systematic

Next Library conferentie: fouten maken mag (in Dutch)

Inzicht in data waar (g)een touw aan vast te knopen is (in Dutch)

No Next Library 2019 (In Swedish) / Peter Alsber

Next Library 2019 - Delaktighet,, öppenhet och Utblickar (in Swedish) / Anna och Emilie

Kollaborativt Lärend och kak-experiment på Next Library 2019 (in Swedish) / Victoria Lagerkvist

Next Library / FO Aarhus

Greetings from Australia!

Next Library Satellite 2020 in Brisbane, Australia


Next Library 2019 was organized by Aarhus Public Libraries in co-operation with the Next Library Advisory Board, conference partners and sponsors

Knight Foundation | EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) | EBLIDA (European Bureau og Library, Information and Documentation Associations) | Danish Library Association | DMXJ Danish School of Media and Journalism | P2P University | Redia a/s | Lyngsoe Systems | Aarhus City Lab | BCI Lammhults Biblioteksdesign A/S | Systematic | Progress Foundation, Occupy Libraries | Silkeborg Libraries | State Library of Queensland

DBC is Main Sponsor

Project Manager of NEXT LIBRARY®
Lotte Duwe Nielsen
Aarhus Public Libraries, Main Library, Dokk1, Denmark
M: +45 5157 6461 E: 

The Next Library Crew:

Conference Organizers 
Aarhus Public Libraries, Denmark
Marie Østergård, Director of Aarhus Public Libraries
Sidsel Bech-Petersen, Head of innovation & Community Engagement, Aarhus Public Libraries

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