Ranking System

  • Exceptional
  • Excellent
  • Very good
  • Good
  • Acceptable
  • Poor

We rank the libraries according to the following criteria:

Information about the library

  • In guidebooks for tourists
  • In city maps
  • On the internet, including the library´s own website and any social media representation

Location, visibility and access

  • Architecturally interesting building
  • Location in the city/town
  • Public transport
  • Facilities for pedestrians and bikers
  • Car parking
  • Entrance – accessibility
  • Signposts to the library in the city
  • Signs on the building
  • Opening hours
  • Accessibility for the disabled
  • Signs in the building

Service and supply

  • Access for all – locals and guests
  • Charge/no charge for services
  • Scope of collection including different forms of media
  • Exposure of collection
  • Collection of newspapers and periodicals
  • Exhibitions, stage
  • Café / restaurant
  • Lavatories
  • Dedicated spaces: meeting, learning, lab, etc.
  • Identifiable staff
  • Service from the staff
  • Information and communication technology
  • Children
  • Youth
  • Immigrants
  • Special services: SMEs, consumers, tourists, etc.
  • Programs, events, lectures

Facilities

  • Aesthetics
  • Lighting
  • Seating
  • Quiet areas
  • Social areas
  • Area for children and youth

Collection content

  • Versatility/variety according to the content

Freedom of expression and of choice

  • Controversial titles and authors