Making Ends Meet: High Quality Design on a Low Budget


Satellite Conference – IFLA World Library and Information Congress

Li Ka Shing Library, Singapore Management University

Singapore, 15 – 16 August 2013


General Information


Since 2008, the world’s economy has seen dramatic changes that have rippled throughout the library world. While the demand for library services has increased, the money available to build, refurbish and operate them has decreased. However, while the number of people physically going to a public library has increased over the past 5 years, the number of public libraries reporting flat or decreased operating budgets increased dramatically. Many countries report a decrease in funding of libraries. On the other hand, public and student demand for study and collaborative work space, the changing nature of the content delivery and the increased need for access to computer technologies world-wide for educational and social reasons is creating an increasing need for more library space that is smart, flexible and economical to build and operate.  Libraries are central to our knowledge economy. Without them, many communities would have no access to technology, study space or tutorial and literacy training.

The conference “Making ends meet: High Quality Design on a Low Budget” brings together a range of building projects from National, Academic and Public Libraries from different regions and countries of the world showing how these libraries are able to continue to provide high quality library space that is affordable in these times of difficult economic circumstances. We will hear about the building processes, co-operation with architects and engineers and how librarians and users have reacted to these new or adjusted buildings.

We look forward to welcoming you in Singapore and to experience new building projects from around the globe.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee

Dorothea Sommer

Chair, IFLA Section for Library buildings and Equipment