An overview of the Danish analyses and projects the Danish Think Tank has conducted.

SUMMARY: Children’s and Young People’s Reading 2021

Children’s and Young People’s Reading 2021: English summary Report by Stine Reinholdt Hansen, Thomas Illum Hansen & Morten Pettersson Selection for English summary and non-professional translation by Mikkel Christoffersen

Children’s and Young People’s Reading 2021” contains findings from the quantitative and the qualitative research. With the report we wish to contribute with new and nuanced knowledge from an important field of study with many different actors as stakeholders. We hope that teachers, pedagogues, library people and decision makers will use the report and its recommendations as a shared point of departure for the continued work with children’s and young people’s joy of reading and reading communities


Children's Reading Habits in a Digitized World

As the largest supplier of leisure reading, the libraries have an immense potential in making a social difference by promoting children's motivation for reading. Studies show that reading literacy not only promotes reading ability, but also the general ability and desire for learning. New quantitative and qualitative knowledge will be developed in the field, which takes into account the digital development and children's changed media reality.

With more than 9.000 pupils from to 7th grade participating in the study it is the most extensive study on the subject. The goal is to actively collect knowledge and develop  that can strengthen the libraries own practice in the field, in collaboration with the public schools. The project is conducted in collaboration with Copenhagen Libraries, National Centre for Reading and the Research Center Læ

The project is supported by the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces, Danish Library Association and EDITH OG GODTFRED KIRK CHRISTIANSENS FOND

Language: Danish
Read more about the study here.

Senior Communities & Libraries

Research shows that culture, participating in cultural practice and visiting the library can have a noticeable positive impact on the overall health and quality of life for older people, along with being active and the number of social acquaintances. The modern library offers a wide range of cultural activities for many diverse groups of people, ranging from literature, cultural events to community-based activities such as local assembly houses. In collaboration with four public libraries and four nearby general residential areas, this project will gather new knowledge about and create methods for how cultural and social activities can be developed and used to reduce loneliness and increase the quality of life of elderly people.

The project is supported by The VELUX FOUNDATIONS

Language: Danish

Digital Library Strategies (Study)

The analysis has generated the most detailed collection of data and report focusing on the use of digital library services in Denmark. The data originates from two datasets:
A quantitative anthropological analysis and quantitative analysis with more than 6500 respondents. The main report present key findings from the two studies with focus on user segmentation, behavior, drivers and barriers of digital library use. And finally, major cross-disciplinary findings with focus on correlation between the physical and digital library, digital gender differences, reduction of educational affects and more.

We have made an unofficial translation of the report into English due to high demand. We take reservations for any linguistic errors. Quotations and public sharing of the report is not permitted.
Find the English report here

The Economic Value of Public Libraries

The Danish Think Tank Libraries of the Future and Copenhagen Economics has conducted the first study on the economic impact of the Danish public library. The Danish public libraries provide multiple services to the Danish public today, which overall seems to be well received by the public. However, the contributions are often measured in terms of library use (e.g. how many books were borrowed) and user satisfaction surveys, which are far from adequate when we want to discuss the role libraries play in modern society. This study digs deeper and provide the first assessment of the economic value of the public libraries in Denmark. 
Read about the project here.


Volunteers at public libraries

Report about volunteers at public libraries: facts, values and expectations. The report was launched at a conference with focus on ‘new ways of volunteering’, democracy, citizenship, participation and the role of the libraries of the future.

Libraries of the future – a segment analysis

The analysis has generated the most detailed collection of data and report focusing on the use of libraries, barriers and drivers conducted by Moos Bjerre Analysis. More than 2000 people participated, with special focus on young people between age 15 – 29.
The report generated detailed operational knowledge around 10 segments and strategic policy input on the role of the public libraries.


The public library: a design – anthropologic approach

A cooperation between the Danish Agency for Culture, Danish School for Media and Journalism and the Think Tank to produce anthropologic data and concepts for the public libraries of the future. A design anthropologic team developed concepts and development paths together with 8 public libraries and their users and non-users.

Students’ reading preferences

Analysis of reading preferences of 500 Danish students. The survey’s focus is on the preferences for digital or physical materials, gender, level of education and the expectation and needs of the digital and physical library in general.

The Economic Impact of Public Libraries

The Think Tank launched a European project “The Economic Impact of Public Libraries” in autumn 2015. The aim of the projects is to share experience and knowledge on new ways of demonstrating impact and value of European libraries and address political key messages to politicians at both national and European level about the economic value of public libraries.

  • Increase the political awareness of the impact of public libraries on society and improve library advocacy
  • Expand and rethink methods to measure the role and impact of public libraries across Europe
  • Expand the debate of the future role of the libraries
  • Share knowledge and experience
  • Create a European learning network on measurement of the impact of public libraries

Read more about the project here.