Nordic Libraries Annual

NLA logo, green and blue compass. Nordic Libraries Annual is an annual conference looking at topical issues in public libraries and library development. 

The Nordic Libraries Annual 2023 was held online on November 2, 2023. The conference examined the self-service use of libraries. We thank all the speakers, participants and partners!

What happens when customers have the freedom to decide how and when they use library services? Self-service means inclusion, community, and ownership of the spaces, but also permissiveness and trust. It requires practical solutions, safety, and tolerance, as well as adaptation of personnel and patrons. The customers' self-service also affects the professional identity of the library personnel. 

What can self-service libraries offer users? What does the freedom of self-realization mean, and do we have limits for it? What does the library space allow and enable for independent use with others? What interesting examples can be found in Nordic libraries? 

The conference is related to the report on self-service libraries in Finland, which was published in June 2023. The report is available in Finnish, Swedish and in abbreviated version in English. A blog post about self-service libraries is also available.

The recordings of the past conferences can be found on Kirjastokaista - LibraryChannel.

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Registration is closed.

Participation in the conference is free of charge. The language of the conference is English.



Please send your requests for information to nordiclibrariesannual(at)

The conference is organized by the Regional State Administrative Agencies in Finland in collaboration with Kirjastokaista - Library Channel and Espoo City Library. The conference is funded by the Finland's Ministry of Education and Culture. This year's conference will be streamed from the Espoo's new Lippulaiva Library.

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