The following article about public libraries in Denmark is part of a feature titled, “Checking Out Libraries” published by GLOBE, an English-language publication from Japan’s Asahi Shimbun.
From the Article:
The Rentemestervej Library is one of 20 municipal libraries in the city of Copenhagen. Completed two years ago, the three-floor structure is instantly recognizable due to its shape of three unaligned boxes stacked on top of one another and an exterior that features illustrations by local artists. There is even a cafe where books can be read, a sewing classroom, and a studio for a local radio station. It is also known for the diverse range of events held there that attract many local residents.
In the past few years, structural reform and information technology have brought about considerable change to this leading library nation. Its 275 municipalities were amalgamated into 98 local bodies in 2006, and the number of libraries also decreased from 681 to 550.
“Libraries do not just loan books,” says Danish Agency for Culture director Trine Nielsen. “They connect people to information who have no other means of acquiring it, and help people of differing ethnic backgrounds to become part of the wider community. They serve a diverse range of functions.”
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