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Tuesday, June 20 • 4:30pm - 5:00pm
3a: Making the library the preferred place to study: Rethinking existing spaces and opening the library to the users

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Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences is Norway’s largest university college, situated in the city center of Oslo. The University covers a wide range of professional education from teacher training, nursing and other health educations, arts and engineering. The 4 libraries supports research and education at their local campuses. The main library, P48, moved into existing premises in 2007. This was previous an office space and not ideal for library use. The university is growing and the need for working space for the students are increasing.

In this paper we will describe the process of rethinking and redesigning existing library space. As a tool for analyzing the use of the premises we used Tracking the Traffic (TTT), and we will present work with this method as a tool for redesign. The redesign of the library included implementing RFID-technology. With this technology we are able to offer extensive self-service to our users, and extend the opening hours without library staff. Our opening hours are now 06-22 all days throughout the year. This means that our users can use the library also when it is unstaffed.  Our experience with extended opening hours will be discussed.

A project on rethinking the library premises was established in 2012, and involved all employees at the library P48. Weeding the collection to create more space was imperative to gain alternative space. New furniture and other equipment were introduced in 2014 and 2015. The visits to the library increased 15,3% from 2014-2015.  During spring 2016 we did a new TTT to further investigate the use of the premises and made new plans for our main goal: to make the library as the preferred place to study. The visits to the library increased with 25% from 2015-2016.


Anne-Berit Gregersen

Head, P48, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
Anne-Berit Gregersen is head of the library at P48. She has more than 30 years of library experience in academic and research libraries, the last fifteen years as leader. She has experience in library administration and merging of libraries, information literacy and research admi... Read More →

Gry Bettina Moxnes

Senior Librarian, P48, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
Gry Bettina Moxnes is a senior librarian at P48. She has experience in information literacy, marketing of library services and the library space and furnishing.

Tuesday June 20, 2017 4:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
C2.01 - 2nd floor Free University of Bolzano-Bozen