The Ibsen library

Skien municipality is in full swing with planning work for a new library combined with an Ibsen dissemination centre and an expanded service centre for local residents. The project’s working title is the “Ibsen Library”.

The establishment of the “Ibsen Library” is intended to lead to increased social involvement and democratic participation in the region. It aims to provide a visitor attraction for local people as well as visitors from the region, other parts of Norway and abroad.

Libraries have reinvented their role in society in recent years, and are proving to be an arena and institution instrumental in boosting opportunities and breaking down barriers between people. They are one of the most important institutions in our society with a role in integration.

The “Ibsen Library” is the centrepiece of Skien municipality’s town-centre cultural building programme for the years ahead. The ambition is for several services and functions to be co-located and integrated:

  • Library
  • Henrik Ibsen dissemination centre
  • Local residents’ services (expanded service centre), and individual advisory services provided by the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV)
  • Tourist information (Visitor centre)
  • Facilities for voluntary groups and associations

One aim of the project is for this co-location and integration to provide new and improved services for local residents and unique experiences linked to buildings and dissemination.

Progress of architect competitions:

Spring 2018: Phase 1 architect competition

Summer 2018: Exhibition of the results from the architect competition

Autumn 2018: Political consideration of location.

Autumn 2018 and winter 2019: Drawing up of programme for Phase 2 architect competition.

Spring 2019: Phase 2 architect competition

Summer 2019: Exhibition of the winning design from the architect competition