Libraries up for discussion in Denmark

Historically, public libraries has been an important place for Danes to learn and have a democratic discussion, but that might be about to change in the Kingdom of Denmark.

By Andreas Friis

The books in Københavns Hovedbibliotek might soon be gone. Photo: Andreas Friis


For more than a hundred years, public libraries in Denmark has been an important place for acquiring information and knowledge.

With the Library Act turning 100 years, the Danish party Dansk Folkeparti now calls for a major change in the act, effectively changing the focus away from a center of books.

“The role of the public libraries is that they should provide information through books and newspapers, but the internet is taking care of that now. Instead we can use libraries to have knitting clubs for example,” says Pernille Bendixen, Dansk Folkeparti’s spokesman on culture.

Dorte, who has worked as a librarian at Københavns Hovedbibliotek for years, is not entirely unsympathetic to a change in the act, but she does still see books being in the centre of it all.

“I am not unapproachable to libraries being more for the people, but I would probably rather have a book club than a knitting club,” says Dorte.

This story is written for an audience in Europe – especially those we relate a bit more too, like the Scandinavian countries –  and could be published on www.dr.dk  (although it woud probably need to be a bit longer and more informative)