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 22nd 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. 
So far there has only been two Next Library® Satellites outside Aarhus, organized in collaboration with Aarhus Public Libraries. In 2014 the Chicago Public Library ,Chicago Public Library Foundation and Urban Libraries Council hosted the first Next Library® Satellite.
In 2018, the Next Library Satellite Conference was hosted by Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin (ZLB) and the Kulturstiftung des Bundes in cooperation with the Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH.


NEXT LIBRARY® is more than a conference; it is a community that has grown to more than 1800 library leaders and innovators from 96 countries around the world.  
The NEXT LIBRARY® global kaleidoscope includes Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands (Denmark), Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Réunion (France), Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, The Netherlands, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.

Previous Next Library® events-sites are available in the Archive


The format of Next Library 2021 built on "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, Get2Gether, Social un-conferences, Labs and surprises. 


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.

Next Library around the world: The Next Library bags travel around the world. Send us your pictures!


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

Aarhus Public Libraries
Marie Oestergaard, Director of Aarhus Public Libraries, City of Aarhus

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