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9 Jan 2024

Europe's Libraries Are Becoming Modern Social Hubs

De Krook library in Ghent, opened in 2017, [is transforming](https://www.theguardian.com/books/2024/jan/08/libraries-for-the-future-europes-new-wave-of-meeting-places-for-the-mind) the traditional library concept. Its modern design includes vast windows, high atria, and diverse spaces for reading, working, and learning. It offers facilities like a makers' room with 3D printers, student radio studios, and language hubs. Emphasizing community involvement, De Krook collaborates with local universities and tech labs for citizen-driven projects. Traditional book loans have increased by 10%. Similar innovative libraries like [Dokk1](https://www.dokk1.dk/english) in Denmark and [Oodi](https://oodihelsinki.fi/en/) in Finland also blend traditional library roles with contemporary services, redefining the library's role in the community.

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