Libraries as spatial incubators: Impact case study. Department of Architecture 2018

Impact: !!Social impacts

Description of impact

Although some libraries have begun experimenting with new working practices that introduce new possibilities for using library spaces for different purposes (e.g., Library 10 and Kaupunkiverstas in Helsinki), it was not known what kinds of people were using them and why. Also in many places, libraries have become easy targets for municipal savings since they are mainly understood as institutions for providing information. The research project CityWorkLife found that libraries are widely used for working, particularly by freelancers and entrepreneurs, supporting start-ups, for example; so, libraries have become ‘spatial incubators’.
Category of impact!!Social impacts