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Design Thinking

In the last couple of years, Aarhus Public Libraries have been deeply involved in the development of the Design Thinking Toolkit for Libraries. The toolkit can be used by any front-line library staffer to adapt to library users’ changing needs.

Design thinking for libraries

Chicago and Aarhus Public Libraries worked with design company IDEO to find out how design thinking methods might best be adapted and applied to a library context. The final result is a comprehensive new resource for any staff member hoping to advance their library by using human-centered design methods. Learn more and download the toolkit here: 



What can I use it for?

The toolkit guides you through Design Thinking so you can start coming up with solutions to everyday challenges within the library. Design thinking, or human-centered design, is all about starting with people — the users that visit your library. IDEO have been using similar methods to envision new products, services, spaces, and experiences in other business areas. IDEO created this toolkit specifically for the library setting in close cooperation with the project teams at Chicago and Aarhus Public Libraries.


More information
Learn more and get the toolkit here: http://www.designthinkingforlibraries.com

The toolkit comes in two parts: the toolkit guide, and the accompanying activities workbook. If you don’t have much time then download the ”At-a-Glance-Guide” which introduces how you might get started using design thinking over the course of one day.


The toolkit is created with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – The Global Libraries initiative.


For more information please contact:

Library Transformer Sidsel Bech-Petersen: +45 5157 6462 or via e-mail: sibp@aarhus.dk