Aat Vos

Keynote – Thursday 4th July


Libraries as place: How public libraries can transform themselves as third places for all

Aat’s recent research shows that libraries are increasingly becoming social places. This will create a new role and new opportunities for libraries in addition to the traditional lending of books. What are the parallel social developments behind this research outcome? What does this new library role mean for the UK library market and its current situation and challenges? During his keynote talk at CILIP Conference, Aat Vos will offer a new perspective for librarians and show how they can not only broaden their vision, but also how they can transform their libraries into successful third places for all.

in partnership with Designing Libraries

Aat Vos, Creative Guide

As a creative guide, Aat Vos is dedicated to reviving the public domain. He evokes social change through the design of public Third Places. Aat Vos transforms public spaces in collaboration with end-users and local stakeholders. Like social cement, his method of working and the resulting projects connect people.

He works for a wide variety of clients including governmental organizations, municipalities, and project developers. Amongst these are the OBA (Amsterdam Public Library), Deichman Library (Oslo Public Libraries), Stadtbibliothek Köln (City Library of Cologne), Stadtbücherei Würzburg (City Library of Würzburg), Luxor Theatre (Rotterdam), Wilmink Theatre (Enschede), the RUG (University of Groningen) and UiS (University of Stavanger).

He is a frequent speaker, author of the book ‘3RD4ALL – How to Create a relevant Public Space’ and Design Associate of Designing Libraries.