Urban Gardening, Foodsharing and Makerspaces in the Public Library of Bad Oldesloe, Germany 

Tim Schumann


Kreisarchiv Stormarn, Bad Oldesloe, Germany


Copyright © 2017 by Tim Schumann. This work is made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0


Public libraries in Germany are under pressure. Lots has been closed in the last years because of low municipal budgets. That is why public libraries have to show their relevance to their community and to its sponsors and responsible bodies. The paper shows how libraries can tie in to debates in society and politics by picking up the urban gardening trend and developing new services around the issue.

Wihtin the debate of the transformation of public libraries, urban gardening and the idea of the green library gives the opportunity to develop new green and sustainable library services. By picking up the ideas of makerspaces and community building and combining them with urban gardening and foodsharing, the Stadtbibliothek Bad Oldesloe developed a series of events that turned the library into a modern and creative learning space. At the same time the library offered its physical space as a community plattform for networking, cooperation and creativity.

Keywords: Green Library, Urban Gardening, Makerpace, Community Building

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curriculum vitae

Personal Details:
Tim Schumann
Born: 1982 in Berlin
Residence: Hamburg

Work und Education Experiences:
2001: Graduation from school with a vocational diploma (Fachabitur)
2004-2007: Apprenticeship in the Library of the Presse- und Informationsamt der Bundesregierung as “Fachangestellter für Medien- und Informationsdienste”
2007-2011: B.A. in History and Cultural Studies at the Philipps University Marburg
2011-2013: Employment at the University Library Marburg
2013-now: Employment at the Kreisarchiv Stormarn in Bad Oldesloe (Archive of the local Authority of the County Stormarn)
2013-2017: M.A. in Library and Information Science at the TH Köln – MA-Thesis on Urban Gardening Makerspaces as new library services and their role in urban development