Ørestad Library in English

An English Introduction to Ørestad Library

Ørestad Library, the short version

Ørestad Library, which is a combined public and school library, opened on the 21st of May 2012. The library is situated on both the ground and first floor of Ørestad School, recently built on the corner of Ørestad Boulevard and Arne Jacobsens Allé in Ørestad City next to Ørestad Gymnasium. Architects from KHR arkitekter designed the building in which the library's two floors constitute 1.370 square meters.

Organisationally speaking, while Ørestad Library is one of 21 libraries run by the City of Copenhagen's Libraries under the Culture and Leisure Administration, the school belongs under the Children and Youth Administration along with the remainder of the city's schools.  From the beginning, the combined public and school library service has been conceptualised as a single string management body. Hence, the Head of Library, Jakob Lærkes, is head of management for the entire service. In other words, the staff of both the public and school library functions refer to the Head of Library.

Ørestad Library is open for self-service outside the manned opening-hours, i.e. between 8 – 10 AM  and 6-10 PM on weekdays, 8-11 AM and 4-10 PM on Saturdays and 8 AM – 10 PM on Sundays. Apart from the lack of personal service, the library strives to maintain the same service level in terms of available services throughout its opening-hours, i.e. ensuring that its users can read newspapers and magazines, borrow and return materials, collect reserved materials, avail of computers, wireless internet, prints etc. In order to avail of the library services outside its manned opening-hours one must be 15 years of age and registered as a user in the City of Copenhagen's Library system.

In addition to creating a cultural hub in Ørestad through information, education and cultural activities, the vision behind Ørestad Library is to provide the neighbourhood with a space for the creation of identity, life and social existence in cooperation with the citizens living in Ørestad. While the library's goal is to serve the school, institutions and workplaces, it is just as much to serve the citizens of Ørestad and residents of the villa areas east of Ørestad. With a lot more than books we would like to create the third neighbourhood setting – i.e. a house belonging to the citizens.

Like the school, the library has a virtual aesthetic profile. Using this we will be working to support the  cultural creations of neighbourhood children and adults alike, and to create a platform for the spread and development of cultural activity and knowledge. Our focus is on connecting physical space with the virtual world so that a library visit will also provide a chance to check out the virtual library – the emphasis being on knowledge, communication and experience.

We aim for the greatest possible integration of our virtual and physical library services, so that they reflect and support one another. Hence, in our physical library you will find:

The Mosaic, through which we communicate cultural activity, knowledge and experience. Together, the users and library present their own cultural creations, and those of others. Hence, the Mosaic comes across both as a platform for communication and as an artistic installation in itself as a result of the changing works of art. 

The Mapweb, which presents the library and its functions during and outside the manned opening-hours. In addition to traditional directory functions, the Mapweb also provides, by means of video, text and audio, information on day to day activities, current reading tips, interesting exhibitions, etc. An additional Mapweb installation is to be found on the first floor. Its primary function will be to support pupils' search for information by relaying information, activities and entertainment. 

Interactive communication screens placed at the end of a number of rows of shelving on both the ground and first floor levels. By using these screens you can search through the library's databases, on through the library's electronic resource-material and out on the internet. You can also find your way to the correct shelf or be inspired in terms of, which book to read next, what film to see next and what piece of music to hear next. The screens show both permanent information (signposting, references to relevant search options) and temporary information (regarding current activities, new recommendations etc.).

The Child-flower is a symbol for, and gathering point within, the children's library; the flower is a piece of furniture children can hide in and use as a den. It is also a place where they can find books or be read to out-loud. In short, they can occupy it as they see fit - it is their space, full of books and opportunities for play, cosiness and spending time together. 

Welcome to Ørestad Library, we look forward to seeing you!


Ørestad Libray, the short version