Director’s Brief:

Dokk1 in Aarhus, Denmark (Dokk1, n.d.)

Redefine the Academic Library, Redefine the Future: Implementing a Danish, User-Centered Trend at the Humboldt State University Library in Arcata, California

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Academic libraries are most commonly known as hubs for addressing the scholarly needs of students and housing massive print-based collections, which they are; however, there is a growing need for libraries—academic, included—to be safe, inclusive, and welcoming spaces for all community members. And while the Humboldt State University (HSU) Library in Arcata, California currently serves as the University’s center for research, scholarship, and collaboration, there are ways in which the Library could adjust its present practices to become a place that not only draws more students in from across the University’s campus, but also people from the greater community of Humboldt County. By implementing an innovative, user-centered trend that has been embraced by the Dokk1 Library, which earned International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)’s 2016 Public Library of the Year award, the HSU Library may work to redefine itself and ensure that community engagement is at the heart of all library planning (Witteveen, 2016, p. 43).


Dokk1. (n.d.). Dokk1 Aarhus/ Denmark. Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects., A. (2016). The people’s place. Library Journal, 141(15), 43.


One thought on “Director’s Brief:

  1. One of the aspects I like most about Dokk1 is how they design their spaces, so it was really interesting to learn more about the four-space model from your brief. Very cool!

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