Cycling For Libraries 2015 Tour

From Oslo to Aarhus, 1-10 September. This tour is complete

The tour wents from the fjords of Oslo in Norway, along the west coast of Sweden to its arrival in Aarhus, Denmark, right in time for Next Library conference and the opening of Dokk1. Along the way we visited academic, public and special libraries and discussed library issues.

Take a look at the photos in Flickr!

In September the Cycling for libraries -unconference will take librarianship on the move for the fifth time

Oslo – Aarhus

General info about the tour
Preliminary programme
Organizing team
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Info about visa
2015 blog

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This year’s theme is New Nordic but we will also have daily themes

Daily themes (in progress)

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What to bring

Naturally you will need a bicycle. It does not need to be a fancy, expensive bike. Even a simple bike is sufficient.

Rental bikes
Packing list (max 10 kg luggage)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you want to know about Cyc4lib.

New Nordic – isn’t that a cooking movement?

August 23, 2015 in 2015 tour, Themes 2015 New Nordic
Yes indeed! So with us purloining that name we were of course obliged to include a food theme. We’re trying hard to please your palates. Through our setup we’re making sure that you get to enjoy some of the local cuisine along the route.

This set-up includes free breakfast and lunch as always, but also provides you for a chance to sample the local specialities as we roll. It also provides for a natural theme along the route, what the stomach is full off. Food is such an integral part of integration and a disarming way to meet new people. Does your libraries employ this as an active strategy? We’re starved to learn.

Nippe is once again at the business end of the pots and pans and will make sure we get those roadside meals that makes you pedal a bit faster. Watch out for the seathorn juice at breakfast, a veteran trick is to fill your bottle in the morning with some and then dilute it as we go. Nippe is as always using local produce but we’ll also make sure to provide you with the opportunity to sample some of the delicious roadside freebies provides by the rugged landscape.

In Sweden we’ve a kelp workshop slated with Caxalot. Time to work those arms instead of the legs, that illusive kelp is best harvested from a kayak. We however feel confident that some amongst us will shirk of all the gear and go dipping for that natural flavour somehow else. Remember to bring a towel!

In Denmark we’ll taste a bit of history as we go near Limfjorden. The legends goes that French monks once seeded those waterways with mussels to improve on the usual staple diet of well…. porridge. So we’ll fire up the barbeque and grill some of the local fruits.

At several locations we’ll have the opportunity for prearranged dinners these are paid dinners and we’ll have to charge you a fee for these. We do our best to keep the costs as low as possible and the price is around 10 euros per sitting. We’ll advice you in advance when this opportunity is available. At some locations we’re going to set you free and let you forage on your own.

We’ll of course ride out with a BANG! So we end it with a party. We’re pleased to tell you that Viby Library is providing room for our rowdy final where we will fill stomachs and glasses alike. We’ve prebooked dinner for everyone and the library bar will supply you with your first drink, all at a cover charge of 20 euros.

You are as always welcome to make other arrangements but we’d like to know of this in advance so we don’t have food wastage and are able to keep the prices as low as possible. Other than that don’t just cycle through the Nordic countries –eat your way them as well!

-Team New Nordic

”No brewery visits? Really!?!”

New buildings

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As a part of our collection of themes for this years tour, we’re happy to give you an introduction to the
theme that makes up our focus on architecture and how to create the frames for new libraries.
This theme is one of the cornerstones of this years tour as it early became apparent that through alligning Oslo-Gothenburg- Aarhus we’d already created a strong narrative around how we create new frames for our services.

Starting with Oslo where the planning of a new Deichmannske library is in the works. Raising the question of which servuces is relevant in a new library and how that impacts planning the facilities.

Gothenburg main library isn’t as such new but has recently undergone an update of the building at the
same location a task which provided special challenges and opportunities as the different departments of
the public library was housed in different other facilities around the city. We’re looking forward to learning about what kind of impact it had on the different sections and what the take aways were from dispersing only to reassemble under one roof. Did this lead to a different balancing of functions, new partners and a change in services?
Read more about the renovations here!

Aarhus ’s new mediahouse Dokk1 (”dåkken” in lokal dialect) just openend and a treasurethrove lessons in anything from cityplanning to makerspace. The library houses a wide variaty of services and opportunities for the public. The location right at the end of two axis of the city, new harbour front and the reoppening of a stream provides for a beautiful and impressive setting. We’re looking towards hearing the honest story about the experiences surrounding creating one of the largest libraries in Scandinavia.

The library in Dokk1 gives you free access to a world of information, inspiration, learning and entertainment. The library at Dokk1 is a center for knowledge and culture which disseminates and makes a variety of media come alive across genres and formats. The library is the citizens’ house. Staff and management of the organisation continually work with public involvement.

At Dokk1, you will find about 350,000 media for children and adults. Examples of media are books, audio books, ebooks, magazines, music and games. Such a large number of media in one place requires a logical and clear structure of media that makes it easy to navigate and find what you need. We work hard to make media easily accessible and easy to find.
In the library, we make digital media a priority and we are constantly keeping abreast of the future. We still have lots of books as well, of course.

Every day we hold events, exhibits, debates and many other things at the library. You can read about future events in the libraries’ website (in Danish only). See the library’s opening hours at:
Watch the timelapse of the building here

Byggeriet af Dokk1 – februar 2012 til oktober 2014 from Aarhus Public Libraries on Vimeo.

Makerspaces -the new black in libraries?

August 16, 2015 in 2015, 2015 tour, News, Themes 2015 New Nordic
Roll with a veteran and explore the multitude that makes up engaging co-creation hubs both in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. For the last 2 years I’ve been heading up an effort to run library related programs as a project to explore the relevance between libraries and makerspaces. We’ve played with information and copyright. Changed the digital and physical function of the libraries by providing a change for the public to ”Hack YOUR library”. Empowering librarians to change their facilities. Creating engaging learning tracks in corporation with schools.

”Get a 3D printer and save the library!” I hope we’re not quite there yet. At times though it seems like we look at technology as the sole source towards saving libraries. Well if you get a machine what is there to save ? To be completely honest most 3D printers, about 90% of the ones I see, and I do see a lot. Makes me ponder, we’re talking about a 30 year old technology that’s mostly becomme relevant due to a drastic lowering of price and a fascination with Startrek. The types of 3D printers most libraries acquire are a simple FFF-models which are basically a gluegun controlled by a computer, they all utilize the same technology as a 3rd grader making a clay bowl in arts and crafts- by rolling sausages of clay and putting them on top of each other. That being said, there is a saving grace for these machines they all make use of digital design files. From a information specialist point of view that is a huge grace, it’s what makes for exploring how we perceive the world, cooperate and transition from information to relevant knowledge. Very ethereal, I know but I’ve taken 5 points with me where makerspaces and libraries makes sense together.

  • PR.
  • Informationskills in context.
  • Community building and incoorporating volunteers.
  • Sustainability and understanding the world around you. Democratizing technology.
  • Stemlearning vs. informal inspiration.

I’ll be happy to share my thoughts about both libraries, makerspaces, FabLabs and even the mix of them during the tour. We’ll also be providing the opportunity to have yourselves 3D scanned for future print. As we’ve been sponsored an I-sense 3D-scanner I’ll set-up a 3D-selfiebooth when ever it’s convenient. The scanning can be used as a part of chesspieces workshop we’ve been instruction scores of librarians and teaches how to conduct. So not only do you get yourself in 3D you’ll also have the chance to learn a new skill!

During the trip we’ll be visiting the innovative hubs amongst others: Fellesverstedet, Oslo, Collaboratory, Gothenburg, IVA, Aalborg & Dokk1, Aarhus.

Team New Nordic- FabLabster Rasmus

Library visits in Gothenburg,September 5th

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Preliminary “packages” with library visits 2 pm – 4 pm

1.30 pm – you will be picked up at Näckrosdammen (lunch spot) and escorted to your choosen library.

Mölndals stadsbibliotek (public library)
SCA Hygiene products (corporate library)
Pit stop at secret location (drinks with a view)
Host: Elinor Magnusson,

Biomedical library (university library)
Nordicom, Nordic knowledge centre in the field of media and communication
Host: Evelina Ramm Wikström

Social Sciences Library (university library)
Economics library (university library)
Host: Felicia Dahlqvist

Advokatfirman Vinge (corporate library)
Sahlgrenska University Hospital library
Host: Moa Svensson & Ann-Christin Karlén Gramming

Chalmers library (university library)
Collaboratory (Fablab)
the Bike kitchen (preliminary)
Hosts:Thomas Colombera (speaks French & German!) & Rasmus Fangel Vestergaard

After the library visits you will be escorted back to Kviberg. Be back at 6:30 pm at the latest!

A visit to Vitlycke Museum & Tanum World Heritage

August 12, 2015 in 2015, 2015 tour, News

The Rock Carvings in Tanum (Swedish: Hällristningsområdet i Tanum), near Tanumshede, Bohuslän, Sweden, has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of the high concentration of petroglyphs. One of the larger rocks of Nordic Bronze Age petroglyphs in Scandinavia, the Vitlyckehäll, is located in Tanumshede.

On September 3 we will join one of Vitlycke museum guides and visit the largest and most famous rock carvings. The guide will tell us more about these 3000 year old images that are so unique in the world that they are included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Västarvet is Sweden’s largest organization engaged in administering our natural and cultural heritage. Preventive and advisory action with the emphasis on cultural environment, nature conservancy, archaeology, conservation and handicraft enables us to preserve our natural and cultural heritage and we also engage in forward-looking development work all over Västra Götaland.Västarvet runs operations at Bohuslän Museum (which we will visit also on the 3rd), Gothenburg Museum of Natural History, Lödöse Museum, Vänersborg Museum och kulturlagret [and culture store], Vitlycke Museum, Slöjd och Byggnadsvård [Craft and Building Conservation], Slöjd i Väst [Crafts in the West], Studio Västsvensk Konservering [Western Swedish Conservation Studio] and Forsviks Bruk.

Lyngsoe Library Systems

August 12, 2015 in 2015, 2015 tour, News, Partner, Partner 2015
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We improve customer service and simplify work for library staff by automating material handling tasks such as self-service, the check-in process and sorting. By automating heavy and time-consuming processes, library staff members are available to accomplish more patron service-orientated tasks. Lyngsoe strives to create ideal work conditions for library staff. By automating the returns process, item handling is greatly reduced, eliminating repetitive lifting, reaching, grabbing, and bending.

We are continuously developing new products and solutions that meet the needs of libraries today and tomorrow. We focus on ergonomics, usability and performance to put a key focus on material handling efficiency, improving work environment and the patron experience.

Libraries of all sizes
Lyngsoe’s automated systems will benefit any library, regardless of size, circulation volume, or type of media. From university libraries, research and public libraries, to private collections, Lyngsoe library solutions are cost-effective, ergonomic alternatives to the traditional, labor-intensive library processes such as check-in, sorting, shelving and security monitoring. Our automated material handling equipment has been designed to condense high functionality into a small package. The result is a library solution that can be installed in existing buildings with very little available space, and still offer the benefits associated with installations in new facilities.

September 11th – Optional day in Aarhus

July 14, 2015 in 2015, 2015 tour, News
That’s right, Not only will we be riding 10 days with you, taking us from Oslo-Gothenburg-Aarhus we’ll even provide content for an 11th day. On Friday we’ll provide an optional tour taking us from the new harbour area of Aarhus, through Dokk1 the spanking new media house, all the way to historic, scenic and cutting
edge museums of Moesgaard.

The day will start at 9. am right at the new waterfront in Aarhus with plenty of new architecture, repurposing of industrial areas and cityplanning to gaze at. We’ll be trying to navigate all the sprawling building sites and negotiate the new and old harbour till we arrive at the new main library in Aarhus. At Dokk1 we’ll have an extensive tour with plenty of opportunity to explore and learn about how to make a cutting edge library right at the waterfront. Did we mention there’s a train running right through it? From Dokk1 we’ll explore the rest of the harbour whilst rolling through the industrial part of it towards Marselisborg.

The route takes us through the forrested suburbs of Marselisborg to the scenic outlook of Ørnereden (Eagles Nest) this spot used to house a pier for the the coastal tourboats sailing all over the bay on weekends, not much left of that fabled excursion spot apart for facilities to house a gang of cycling librarians hungry for lunch. Lunch will be provided and included in the cost, please note any dietary requests when signing up.

Museums in the hills. Moesgaard museum is somewhat of an institution in Aarhus and it used to be based mostly on their out-door facilities, the museum has always had a focus on the viking heritage due to some extraordinary finds, Gravballemanden og Moesgaardstenen are some of the iconic centerpieces in the old
collection. An old collection with a brand new home, the new museum is a centerpiece in the rolling hills and on top of providing housing for a very select and engaging collection also provides for a view platform second to none. Take a (st)roll down the roof if your looking for a stomach churning experience above the
average. Entry to the museum is included in the tour.

Optionally or as an extra the museums outdoor facilities are available for a stroll. Walk from the new new museum past the old facilities and mansion right through the park. In the park climb through the princess-tree with its rumoured currative effects, great for saddlesores! Then onwards through the forrest to the forrest mill, an old watermill, now museum. The mill provides for an excellent glimpse into a past where it served as sawmill, flourmill and even generated electricity.

As the route is fairly straight forward, follow the bikepath back, there will be no previous arranged group riding back, so take your time and explore all the viking huts on the beach or venture into the old barrow if you dare!

The final price of the day-tour will be disclosed at a later date when we have a tally of the number of participants. But expect something in the range of 25-30 Euro. Lunch and entry fees included.

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Programme for the day:

9.00 Meet-up at Jette Tikjøbs plads. Coffee and kick-off! Brief introduction to the harbour project.
9.30-11.30 Visit at Dokk1.
12.15-12.45 Lunch at Ørnereden (Eagles Nest)
13.15-?? Museum visit at Moesgaard museum optional outdoor tour.
??-19 Ride back to Aarhus, as it’s the same route back there will be no pre-organized ride, in order for everyone to take their own time exploring the museum and surroundings. However if you have rented a bike then we’re aiming for a pick-up at 19.00 where you can deliever your bike and get your luggage. Pick-
up point will be Skovvangsskolen (your previous luxurious accomodation).

Rental bikes 2015

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In order to facilitate for the participants we have pre-booked rental bikes from a bike rental firm in Denmark.
The bikes will be rented from a firm located in Skagen.
List of participants who have requested rental bikes

The bikes
Standard 3 speed internal gears, solid Danish touring/citybikes, puncture proof tires (as if…). They are classic bikes with three gears and coaster brakes. They are equipped with lights and bells. The bikes comes in 2 models male and female frames and in one colour Black (so bring something to personalize your bikes with, flags, easy-come-off-stickers, teddybears to ziptie unto them..what do we know…
Standard lock is provided with personal key (now you see the need for personalizing…I parked over there and I have a Black bike..ohh)
There are no additional accessories so you will need to bring your own helmets, bike bags/panniers, bottle holders, saddle covers etc. If you want to buy this in Oslo the cheapest and simplest option is to visit XXL Oslo Sentrum – same price in shop as on website, Storgata 2 (map). There are other shops if if you are more particular about brands etc, for example Oslovelo, Nordre Gate 20b, with limited shop hours.

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110 Euro (less than 10 Euro per day) The payment is to be made cash on delivery in Oslo so please bring the correct amount. Skagen cykeludlejning may be able to accept payment in advance through digital means (you’ll recieve any information with this when you receive your contracts)

Up to 68 bicycles will be delievered in Oslo on Tuesday 1st of September at 8.00 a.m. The address for the delivery is Rådhusbrygge 1, Rådhusplassen. At the end of Akershusstranda.

Friday the 11. Sept 7.00 pm Skovvangsskolen, Aarhus. (same location as we slept the night before). As the keen observers you are you’ll have noticed that this is a day later than the tour ends. This allows for us to have bicycles for those of you who’ll be participating in the optional day in Aarhus (remember to sign
up). For those of you leaving on Thursday we’ll go through the bikes with you and lock them up until pick-up (see contracts section for details)

Liabilities and contracts
The contracts are your personal agreement with the rental company, Cycling for libraries merely broker the agreement and can not be held accountable for any loss of bike or damage. Skagen Cykeludlejning will provide you with a contract via mail after receiving the final list for people wanting to hire. 10 th of August. Any variation in ways of payment will be described in the contracts if none then payment is on delivery in Oslo.
At pick-up in Aarhus we’ll inspect the quickly for any major damages and whereafter Skagen Cykeludlejning will inform of further process.
The exception to this is the leaving on the 10th, for those of you who’ve chosen to opt out of our fabulous optional day, we’ll arrange for bike inspection on the 10th and lock up the bikes untill pick-up at the 11th.

Last call
If any of you shouldn’t have signed up for rental bikes and would like to then additional registration is open untill the 10th of August. This is the cut-off date as we’ll mail the namelist to Skagen Cykeludlejning at that date so they can mail you your personal contracts.
If you decide to make other arrangements please notify us ASAP ([email protected]).

Optional library visits in Oslo, August 31st

July 3, 2015 in 2015, 2015 tour, News
Here is some info regarding the 31st of August, the optional day in Oslo. Sign up here

List of groups including contact information here

The program:

10:00-12:00 library visits in Oslo
13:00-16:00 half day seminar – final programme
16:30 – kick-off party, location P48
We will offer some library visits in the morning between 10-12 for those who arrive early. The libraries are:

Deichmanske public library, main branch
HiOA university library (P48)
the Law library, Oslo university
Oslo Fablab, Fellesverkstedet
Det flerspråkige biblioteket (The Multilingual Library)
Majorstuen, branch library with extended opening hours
the National library

Photo: Carlos Bryant

Host: Annie Pho

Deichman serves the county of Oslo and is Norway´s largest public library. It consists of a main library and 16 other branches. At the main library in the city centre you will find a rich collection of books in many languages​​, as well as departments for children and youth, non-fiction, audio books, newspapers, magazines and computers with internet access.
Deichman has local libraries in many of Oslo’s suburbs: Bjerke, Bøler, Bjørnholt, Furuset, Gamle Oslo, Grünerløkka, Holmlia, Lambertseter, Majorstuen, Nordtvet, Oppsal, Romsås, Røa, Smestad, Stovner and Torshov.

Photo: LH Wong

the Law library, Oslo university
Host: Anki

The Law Library of the University of Oslo has one of the largest law collections in Northern Europe. It caters to the needs of faculty and students of the university, but also serves lawyers, courts and the general public, as it is the only public law library in Oslo. The library is situated in the neoclassical buildings of the Faculty of Law on Oslo’s main boulevard, Karl Johan. The law library has special collections for international law, EU law, Oil and gas law, human rights law, legal history and IT-law.

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HiOA university library (P48), Pilestredet 48, Oslo
Host: Jamie

The Learning Centre and Library has five library services and one digital unit.


Photo: Martin Dittus

Oslo Fablab, Fellesverkstedet
Host: Rasmus

In 2012 Fellesverkstedet established a pilot project in a run down factory building in the center of Oslo, and then made available a series of workshop spaces that were open to the public. Not just a collection of equipment, these spaces were an integrated environment where professional machines, assistance, and guidance were gathered under a single roof. The project, run as a practical research laboratory, was under constant development whose objective was simple: uncover the specific production needs of Oslo’s and Norway’s creative population with a focus on shared multidisciplinary infrastructure and production.

The pilot project was closed to the public in august 2014 and we are now implementing its results. A permanent facility is under development! Here you can see some of the results from the Urtegata 11 pilot, including a selection of the more than 230 projects that were realised by our users.

Flerspråklig samling

Flerspråklig samling in Bergen public library, photo: Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek

Det flerspråklige bibliotek
Host: Alireza Afshari

The Multilingual Library is a competence centre for multicultural library services, and acts as an advisor to libraries. The library purchases and lends out books, audio books, movies and music in the following languages: Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese, Dari, English, Finnish, French, Hausa, Hindi, Yoruba, Chinese, Croatian, Kurdish, Lithuanian, Dutch, Oromo, Punjabi, Pashto, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Shona, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Tigrinya, Chechen, Turkish, Twi, Hungarian, Urdu and Vietnamese.

oslo – majorstuen bibliotek
Photo: Pedro Layant
Host: Mikko

Majorstuen is the largest Deichman library branch in Oslo, and offers automated lending of books, audio books, comics, movies and music.
The branch offers free use of computers, wireless internet, study boxes, Xbox, and events, screenings and exhibitions for both children and adults.
National library of Norway
Host: to be announced
The National Library of Norway’s public division islocated at Henrik Ibsensgate 110 at Solli plass in Oslo. The Library is split into two locations, the public department is situated in Oslo, while operations in Mo i Rana primarily relate to the receipt of legally deposited material and digitalisation.

In the afternoon there will be a seminar at the university about discussion and debate in the library followed by a kick-off reception. This is an excellent opportunity to meet new and old friends as well as network with Norwegian colleagues. Final programme here.

The Swedish Library Association is celebrating its centenary

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Celebrating our centenary

100-AR-MAGENTAIn 1915 a society was founded that is now better known as the Swedish Library Association. For the last one hundred years, people all over Sweden who have knowledge of, commitment to and a passion for libraries have come together to create our association. Our members, through their voluntary engagement, have built up the Swedish library system we have today through practical work, the sharing of their knowledge and by constantly explaining the value of libraries to society. The Swedish Library Association is still a society-changing force that plays a clear role in library development because our mission is timeless. The focus of our work is always based on the belief that a library is a cornerstone of democratic development.

The Swedish Library Association stands for everyone’s right to free access to knowledge, culture and information. We believe in development through knowledge. We know that language is power. And we know what obstacles can stand in the way of democracy. Our vision is a society and a world where everyone can use their democratic right to develop, think, speak and write freely. And we believe in the library as one of society’s best responses to future democratic challenges.

During Sweden’s industrialization, the Swedish Library Association developed standards for universal access to knowledge and education in parallel with broad social movements. After World War II, the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights confirmed the right of everyone to freedom of opinion and expression, and the “freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”. The library system in Sweden was built to fulfil that goal. Records from those years show the development not only of more and better libraries, but also a powerful expansion of adult education and training in the community, which laid the foundation for the relatively equal access to knowledge and information we have in Sweden today.

Swedish Library Association members have contributed greatly to the democracy-building process in this country. Public libraries, school libraries, academic libraries and specialist authority and organization libraries – today, libraries represent a nationwide infrastructure of knowledge, science, culture and information that is open and available to all. With the realization that democracy is still developing in the era of globalization, we also cooperate with library associations and libraries around the world to enhance freedom in other countries. We are part of a growing international library movement with solid cooperation in the Nordic region, Europe and the rest of the world.

Over the years we have celebrated many successes, some very recent. In 2011 the entitlement of schoolchildren to school libraries was written into the Education Act; in 1997, Sweden passed a Library’s Act and 2014 it was strengthened. Now we continue to push for a strong national library strategy and increased resources for libraries. Only then can these laws remain effective. We are meeting the challenges of digitization and helping everyone in society take advantage of the huge information resource that libraries represent!

It is with pride, joy and eagerness that the Swedish Library Association now invites you to join in our jubilee year, 2015. We are a member-supported organization that collects Sweden’s most skilled and dedicated experts from all types of libraries. We will continue to defend your right to have independent, strong and accessible libraries. We will continue to influence policy and contribute to knowledge and debate. We have 100 years of library work in the service of democracy behind us, and we have even more work to do in the future.

In Gothenburg the Swedish Libray Association will sponsor the evening reception on the 5th of September

Cycling for Libraries Seminar: Discussion and Debate in Norwegian Libraries

June 24, 2015 in 2015, 2015 tour, Events, Info, News tagged 2015, Oslo

Join us at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA) to welcome Cycling for Libraries participants to Norway and learn about how Norwegian libraries are responding to the Norwegian Library Law that mandates libraries serve as public arenas for discussion and debate. All librarians, LIS students and lovers of libraries are welcome to attend!

Time: August 31, 2015 from 13:00 to 16:00

Location: Oslo and Akershus University College (HiOA), Pilestredet 48, room P568

Preliminary Schedule

13:00-13:15 Jamie Johnston, PhD Candidate HiOA & Cycling for Libraries Organizer

13:15-13:30 Ann-Christin Gramming, Law Librarian & Cycling for Libraries Organizer

13:30-14:00 Ragnar Audunson, Professor HiOA

14:00-14:30 Marianne Julin Montgomery, Section Leader HiOA Learning Center and Libraries

15:00-15:30 Kristen Danielsen, Library Director Deichman

15:30-16:00 Aslak Sira Myhre, National library

Reception 16:30-18:30

The seminar will be held in English


Jamie Johnston

PhD Candidate, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences Email: [email protected]

Cycling for libraries receives economic support for seminar on librarian competencies

June 24, 2015 in 2015, 2015 tour, Info, News
Greta Linder

We have just received news that we have been selected as this years recipient of “the Greta Linder grant”. The grant is managed by DIK, the professional association and trade union for librarians. The money will go towards a seminar on the ferry between Gothenburg (S) and Fredrikshavn (DK) where we will discuss librarian competencies. The seminar will be open to Cycling for library particpants as well as Nordic colleagues.

Location: Mistral, Stena Danica

Final program:

08:30-08:45 Boarding in Gothenburg
08:55 – 09:15 Swedish fika
09:15 – 09:20 Opening of the conference

09:20 – 10:00 What do you do all day?
What is is like to work as a corporate librarian or at a Fablab? Elinor Magnusson, SCA Hygiene Products & Rasmus Fangel Vestergaard, Copenhagen libraries

10:00 – 10:30 Fika and opportunity to network

10:30 – 12:00 The skills and competencies required by librarians in the future (panel discussion)
Moderator – Robin Neidorf
Bo Jacobsen, library boss at Vesthimmerlands Biblioteker
Ingrid Johansson, lecturer at University of Borås, Library & information science
Rasmus Fangel Vestergaard, Copenhagen Public Librariesn works with the new library strategy
Ann-Christin Karlén Gramming, has researched the identity, competences and professional development of corporate librarians

Information about the joint Nordic Master in Cultural Leadership, Linnea Lindsköld ( University of Borås)
Read information here

12:00 – 12:15 closing, wrap up

Arrival Fredrikshavn: 12:30

The seminar is also supported by SFIS, the Swedish Association of Information specialists

Greta Linder, 1888-1963, was a pioneer in regards to the development of Swedish public libraries and the librarian profession. She attended library school at the New York Public Library 1915-1916 and brought back many ideas regarding cataloguing that were implemented in Swedish public libraries. She later worked as a library consultant training other librarians. She loved to travel. Sje made numerous study trips to Denmark, Norway, England and Germany and she encouraged her younger colleagues to do the same.

I G Margareta (Greta) Linder,, Svenskt biografiskt lexikon (art av Elise Adelsköld), 2015-06-24.

Cyc4lib partners with Next library 2015

June 5, 2015 in 2015, 2015 tour, Librarianship, Partner 2015
Next library

Next Library- The gold at the end of the rainbow.
As many of you know it’s customary for a cycling for libraries event to end in at a destination with a library related event or conference. This year we’ll be arriving in Aarhus in time for the Next Library Festival. This year we’re proud to have entered a partnership with Next Library.
As not everyone riding with us also takes part in the Festival we’ve constructed two offers for all full-tour participants:

  1. Join Next Library Festival Get2Gether event in Dokk1 as guest Saturday evening 12 September
  2. A discount of 300 DKK on the Next Library Festival fee.
    Just write”Cycling for Libraries Dokk1” in the field ”in the comment box of the registration form
    when you register at
    If you have already registered for both event, notify us and we’ll make sure you can still be available for the discount.
    We hope many of you will take advantage of the offer and participate and join the Next Library Festival.
    Next Library Festival 12 – 15 September 2015
    International opening of Dokk1 – the new library in Aarhus/Denmark
    The program is co-created with participants, partners and sponsors; 15 amazing Interactive Sessions are organized by 48 people from 12 countries and they are soon to be announced. Preliminary program is available here:
    Stay tuned on – –
    Registration is open and tickets are sold fast:
    People from 25 countries have already registered; Australia, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Republic of Moldova, Singapore, Slovenia; Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, Ukraine, United Kingdom and USA.
    Next Library® 2015 is organized by Aarhus Public Libraries in co-operation with conference partners and sponsors: Cycling for Libraries, Danish Agency for Culture, Danish Library Association, EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries), Silkeborg Libraries, Herning Libraries, The Nordic Halmstad Conference Group, The International Author Scene in Aarhus, Systematic Library & Learning, Rambøll – Consulting engineers, designers and management consultants, Aarhus School of Architecture, PIT – Participatory Information Technology Centre, Aarhus University and schmidt/hammer/lassen architects.
    DBC is Main Sponsor
    Register for Next library here

Lammhults Biblioteksdesign A/S

May 7, 2015 in 2015, 2015 tour, Partner 2015

We work with libraries, leading architects, designers and other professionals in the development of library design and functionality. We adapt our services to suit your needs, budget and timescales, resulting in inspirational and responsive living, working and playing environments.

We offer unique solutions based on functional and creative interior design, contemporary furniture packages and tailor-made product development.

Through 6 solution-provider stages, we aim to design & deliver the best libraries – always.

  1. Inspiration – Inspire, explore, challenge and share
  2. Briefing – Understand the brief
  3. Design – Provide designed solution
  4. Presentation – Visualize and communicate the solution
  5. Execution – Ensure strong and reliable execution
  6. Follow-up – Follow-up, evaluate and evolve

We are library people!

p.S Here are som of the libraries that we have worked with and that you will encounter on the route:

Vinge (Gothenburg)

April 2, 2015 in 2015 tour, Get ready

Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city with 600 000 inhabitants. It is situated at the west coast of Sweden and has a reputation for being clean, safe and green, with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. In 2010 Gothenburg was host to the 2010 World Library and Information Congress.

Libraries of Gothenburg

Public libraries

The library network of Gothenburg consists of the centrally located Gothenburg City Library and 24 branch libraries for the different city districts, as well as two mobile libraries.

Academic libraries

The Gothenburg University Library (Swedish: Göteborgs universitetsbibliotek) consists of ten separate libraries, including Learning Resource Centres. The Gothenburg University Library is one of the most frequented research libraries in Sweden, with 1.6 million visits per year.
Chalmers Library is a university research library specializing in science and technology.

Medical and hospital libraries

The Sahlgrenska University Hospital have medical libraries at Mölndal hospital, Sahlgrenska University Hospital and Östra hospital. The libraries provide service to the hospital staff. There is also BUS, a children’s library at Queen Silvias Hospital (part of Östra hospital).

Getting there

By air

The international airport Landvetter (GOT) is located 20 kilometres south-east of the city centre and you can travel from various destinations in Europa and the world. Please note that the smaller Göteborg City Airport (GSE) is no longer in use for commercial flights and will be phased out as from the winter 2015. Buses operate from Landvetter Airport to the Central Station, (Nils Ericson Terminal), in Gothenburg four times per hour. If you plan to take a taxi, make sure you get a authentic taxi Göteborg (look for the logo – a man with a cap – on the door) in order not to get ripped off. The fixed price is around 415 SEK to get from Landvetter into the city centre.

By bus and train

The bus station, Nils Ericson Terminalen, is next to the train station. Swebus Express operates frequent buses to most major towns and cities as well as Oslo (NO). For 100 SEK you bring your bike on board. There is also Nettbus (for Oslo and Copenhagen) but they don’t allow bikes on board. The journey time is around 3,5 hours from Oslo, 6,5 hours from Stockholm, 3,5 hours from Malmö and 5 hours from Copenhagen.
SJ, Västtrafik, Öresundståge, Tågab, NSB and Blå tåget are running frequent services to and from the central station in Gothenburg, connecting the city with the Scandinavian capitals Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen. No bikes (except folding bikes) allowed on SJ. Bikes are allowed (buy an additional childrens ticket) on Öresundståget that connects to Copenhagen (DK) as well as Karlshamn (ferries to Klaipeida).

By ferry

Stena Lines ferries run to/from Kiel (DE) and Fredrikshavn (DK).


STF Vandrarhem Stigbergsliden – close to the ferry
STF Göteborg City Vandrarhem – brand new and in the city centre, close to the train station
Masthuggsterrassens Vandrarhem – close to the ferry
Spar hotel Majorna

More info

The weekender’s guide to Gothenburg
48 h in Gothenburg


April 2, 2015 in 2015, 2015 tour, Get ready

Aarhus is the second-largest city in Denmark; a centre of culture with countless museums and galleries.It’s also a university city. 13% of Aarhus’ population are students, making Aarhus the youngest city in Denmark. Aarhus has also recently been named European Capital of Culture 2017.

Getting there

By air

There are several airports in the Aarhus vincinity. Aarhus airport, also known as Tirstrup airport, is 45km northeast of the city. Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has daily flights to/from Copenhagen International Airport (flying time 35 minutes); Sun-Air (affiliated with British Airways) operates direct connections to Stockholm, Gothenburg and Oslo. Ryanair has daily connections to/from London (Stansted). The bus from Tirstrup to Aarhus costs DKK 100 one way (travel time approx. 50 minutes). The final stop is the train station in the center of Aarhus
There is also an aiport in Billund (where you can visit Legoland as well!). The bus ride from Billund to Aarhus takes approximately 1.5 hours, and costs app. DKK 180 (one way).center.

By boat

If you are travelling to and from other Scandinavian countries, there are ferries to Northern Jutland (Frederikshavn, Hirtshals or Grenå). Mols Linien operates ferries to Odden and Kalundborg

By train or bus

Rødbus is the cheapest transport from Copenhagen (among other cities) to Aarhus. Ticket prices around 100 kr. Abildskou operates buses from Copenhagen (Valby Station), Copenhagen Airport, Hamburg Airport and Berlin. Eurolines operates buses to and from Hamburg. All regional and long-distance buses stop at Aarhus bus station, 300m northeast of the train station.
All trains arrive and depart from Aarhus Hovedbanegård (Aarhus H). Trains to Copenhagen (via the airport) (one way Dkr382, three to 3½ hours), via Odense (Dkr240, 1¾ hours), leave Aarhus roughly half-hourly. Check out the timetables at Danish railways are cyclist-friendly, with special spaces for bicycles on trains but you need to purchase a separate ticket for your bike.

Accomodation in Aarhus

Cabinn – rooms with bunks and double rooms right in the centre of town
Danhostel Aarhus – idyllically situated in Riis Skov Park, 3 km from central Aarhus
City Sleep-in – basic hostel in Havnegade, 5 min from the train station.
Aarhus Hostel – located the Aarhus suburb of Hasselager, 10 km away from central Aarhus
Scandic City Hotel centrally located in Aarhus

Check out the reduced prices for Next library attendees! You book accomodation on the Next library registration.


Get tips on what to do and see in Aarhus based on how you are feeling
Aarhus, Denmark: a cultural city guide


April 1, 2015 in 2015 tour, Get ready

Between the Oslofjord and the forests lies the Norwegian capital. Oslo has a special combination of city life and easy access to the great outdoors.

Getting there

By air

There are several aiports in the Oslo vincinity. Oslo Gardermoen International Airport has a motorway and high-speed rail link to the city centre. KLM, Widerøe, SAS Braathens, Ryanair and other airlines also operate ‘Oslo’ services to/from Torp International Airport, some 123km southwest of Oslo, and Rygge Airport, around 60km southeast of the centre.

By boat

Ferries operated by DFDS Seaways connect Oslo daily with Denmark from the Vippetangen Quay off Skippergata. Bus 60 stops within a couple of minutes’ walk of the terminal.

In the summer there are Color Line Ferries that run daily to/from Kiel (Germany). The boats dock at Hjortneskaia, west of the central harbour. You can take tram 13 from Oslo S, bus 33 or the Color Line bus, which leaves from platform 7 of the central bus terminal one hour before boat departures.

By train or bus

Long-distance buses arrive and depart from the Galleri Oslo Bus Terminal; the train and bus stations are linked via a convenient overhead walkway for easy connections. Nor-Way Bussekspress has the biggest range of services. International services also depart from the bus terminal.

All trains arrive and depart from Oslo S in the city centre. Check out timetables at

Accomodation in Oslo

Anker hotel
Anker hostel
Oslo Hostel Central – Norway’s newest hostel located in the city centre
Oslo Hostel Haraldsheim – located at Grefsen, 4 km from the city center

Spotted by locals, Oslo
Oslo on a budget – from wild camping to city highlights for less


March 30, 2015 in 2015, 2015 tour, News & Actualités, Partner, Partner 2015

The Danish Union of Librarians, Bibliotekarforbundet, is proud to be sponsoring Cycling for Libraries 2015. With the purpose of creating awareness of library professionals and libraries and simultaneously creating international network we see the conference as an unique way of promoting the important role of libraries and librarians in society. Living in the capital of cyclists and therefor an enthusiastic cyclist herself, the president (chairman), Tine Jorgensen, will participate in part of the Danish tour.

Bibliotekarforbundet, The Danish Union of Librarians – Union of Information Specialists and Cultural Intermediaries, is an independent trade union, formed to secure wage and working conditions and to cultivate the profession of librarianship in Denmark. Today the Danish Union of Librarians organize approximately 5.500 Danish librarians; about 90% of all educated librarians in Denmark. About 2.600 of them are working in the public libraries, 900 in the research and special libraries, 550 in the private sector – around 4% are without permanent employment.

The Danish Union of Librarians has the double purpose – as union and guild in one. The Union act both as ordinary trade unions, negotiating wage rates, employment and working conditions etc. as well as having a guild function. But we also cover the profession as such, taking interest in its developement, procuring education and in-service training, unemployment etc.

It is within the union that professional pride thrives and is nurtured. Within The Librarians Union it’s considered that the social significance of the trade is reflected in the value of the libraries and vice versa. The Union maintain that wage rates and the prestige of profession are connected.

Do you need a visa?

March 30, 2015 in 2015 tour, Get ready
Citizens of certain countries will find that they need a visa in order to enter Norway and attend the start of the conference. The same might be applicable if you choose to join in Sweden or Denmark. If you plan to visit Norway for less than 90 days, you can apply for a visitor’s visa. With this visa you can visit all Schengen countries, including Sweden and Denmark. More info about visa requirement in Norway here.

If you do need a visa, please contact us quickly for a letter of invitation, as the application process may take up to three months depending on your country.

Important information regarding Visa Invitation Letters (please read):

Your name must be listed exactly as it appears on your passport. Any differences between the name on your passport and the name on your invitation letter or other documentation could lead to a delay and/or denial of your visa.
Please note that each individual requesting an invitation letter must fill out a separate form.
All letters will be sent in PDF form to the email address provided. If a paper letter is required, please respond to the email. Requested paper letters will be sent complimentary through airmail. This option may take a few weeks to arrive.
How to Request a Visa Invitation Letter

Individuals requiring letters of invitation to obtain travel visas must apply using the online form.

Danmarks biblioteksforening

March 19, 2015 in 2015 tour, Partner, Partner 2015
The Danish Library Association (DLA) is an organisation which lobbies for libraries, in particular public libraries. Its mission is to campaign for free and equal access to information, knowledge and cultural experiences at local level. The association lobbies the national government and the local municipalities and their politicians. For example, the DLA fought for and succeeded in resisting charges for library services when the most recent library act came into force in 2000. This new Law on Library Activities states that book and digital formats, including the internet, are equally important in today’s Knowledge Society.
Past and present
The DLA has been active for more than one hundred years. In the beginning its aims were to ensure that public libraries had the means, methods and a legal framework to promote reading, reading habits and support literacy.
Today, our aims have expanded into a new vital area. This is supporting and promoting ICT-literacy and assisting citizens to acquire net-search and net-use skills. These abilities are considered fundamental in a democratic e-society.
One of the DLA’s main focuses now is to highlight and promote the concept of the modern library, i.e. the combined physical and virtual library. This modern library offers both traditional services such as books and other printed materials. However, in accordance with the law, it also offers full access to digital documents and resources, and assists users in searching for relevant material on the internet.
Cyc4lib playlist

November 14, 2014 in 2015 tour
Peter Alsbjer, director at the Örebro County Library in Sweden, has put together a Cycling for libraries playlist! Don’t forget to check out Mace Ojalas 2011 playlist as well!

Nordic Library Week

November 9, 2014 in 2015 tour, Uncategorized
Nordic Library Week and Storytelling at Sundown

Nov 10, 2009 to Nov 16, 2014

The idea behind the week is to promote Nordic culture and Nordic literature in particular. The opening ceremony is special: electric lighting is switched off, candles are lit and the same text is read aloud in all the participating libraries. This is the 18th year that libraries in the Nordic and Baltic countries and Belarus are organising Nordic Library Week. This years theme is: “Trolls in the North”

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