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 solutions that take advantage of the unique location right in the heart of the city.
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.
Together with the citizens of Helsingborg, the library of the future will be created. To be innovative means to understand society's growing and changing needs and to test ideas and learn together with the inhabitants. The goal is to change the business together. The working method involves a transformation of power to the residents and staff who work in the library. This presupposes an agile process with close dialogues between the working group and the involvement group. It ensures that relevant information is available to make the right decision at the right time.
The key issues are:
- What do we need to know to make the right decision?
- When do we need to know?
- What can the inhabitants influence?
All resident involvement is based on identifying needs. Based on the needs, the new city library is developed and designed.