What?

The expanded city library will be a central place in the smart city of Helsingborg and one of Europe's most innovative libraries. Here we ensure competence and participation so that the smart city becomes a city with smart inhabitants. Scenes and spaces are created here where the inhabitants can take part in and participate in the democratic conversation, form their own opinions and where we together develop the local democracy and participation in the city.

The library is the residents' arena and the natural place for the city to meet the residents. It is a place for innovation and knowledge sharing between the city and the residents. A test area for the city's administrations. Here you should be able to influence and develop the content and various events. There will also be opportunities for creative rooms and studios.

The process of developing the city library will need to be innovative. The innovation is that we do not really know what business we will conduct in five to seven years when everything will be ready. Here, dialogue with our users becomes important, but also with those who today do not use the library. It will require new, innovative forms of involvement. The library is intimately linked to the popular city park. Here, stakeholders need to work together to find innovative solutions that take advantage of the unique location right in the heart of the city.

 

Why?

The city of Helsingborg is changing with, among other things, an increasing population, new districts and a new social structure. The world around us is also changing with globalization, urbanization and digitalisation.
With all the changes, people now also have other demands on public service. Of course, the library also needs to change in line with this. We see increased digitalisation, declining reading comprehension, forces that challenge democracy and freedom of expression, new media and how people move in and out of the city.

 

How?

The business will be developed together with the residents and a new city library that will be built to and from will be the central meeting place for the residents of the city. The process of developing the city library will need to be innovative. The innovation is that we do not really know what business we will conduct in five to seven years when everything will be ready. Here, dialogue with our users becomes important, but also with those who today do not use the library. It will require new, innovative forms of involvement; social innovations.

The library is intimately linked to the popular city park. Here, stakeholders need to work together to find innovative solutions that take advantage of the unique location right in the heart of the city. We will also have an open process together with our partners, staff and the city who are invited to participate throughout the project. A prerequisite for success in this is an agile process where we make certain decisions late in the process linked primarily to the content of the business.

 

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Impact target

• A central node for the inhabitants of the smart city Helsingborg is a smart city, a place where the inhabitants experience quality of life, and where the starting point is the people who live there. To create commitment and work together with the residents as a prerequisite for success.

Impact target

• Residents' place for innovation and knowledge sharing Residents own the place and can influence the content and offer.

Impact target

• The residents 'place for local democracy and participation An arena and facilitator for the residents' democratic conversations together with decision-makers, businesses, associations and other organizations.

Impact target

We also need to change the image of the library and become better at showing what we offer. We can see in the involvement that many demand program activities and activities that we already have today but do not reach out with. Involving more people also means that we can create a higher awareness of today's and tomorrow's libraries and what services we will offer. Working with involvement and design thinking to create the library of the future together with the citizens of Helsingborg, we will create greater ownership of the site and committed users. By working with both those who use the library today and those who do not and together with residents from different places in the city, the ambition is to double the number of visitors.

Resident involvement

Involvement: Inhabitant involvement and working closely with other stakeholders such as staff, partners and other activities in the city are crucial to succeed in building the library of the future in Helsingborg. The goal is not just to listen but to actually develop the business together with them. - We ask, they say, we do. The insights we have gained so far in the dialogues are about the expectations of the library as a place, but also the content of the activity, and it includes four parts: • Residents' meeting place • A place for reading inspiration, information and knowledge • A place for democracy and participation • Sustainability and shared resources Involvement will continue throughout the process. The working group worked closely with the involvement group. Together we look at what we need to know to make the right decision? When do we need to know? The involvement group takes those questions on to the residents and together we analyze the results and turn them into insights to work from the outside.

Contact

Name: Josefin Andersson, project manager at Helsingborg Library
E-mail: josefin.andersson@helsingborg.se

Name: Layla Husain, project manager involvement Helsingborgs bibliotek
E-mail: layla.husain@helsingborg.se