Kongsvinger Library

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Kongsvinger library opened in new premises in January 2009. The library is both a public library and a library for Sentrum videregående skole (upper secondary school).

The library is situated in the city park close to the river Glomma. This central location provides easy access to all the facilities the city has to offer.

With its striking architecture the library is a signature landmark in the city of Kongsvinger. The building contains two floors with an open solution, creating one large clear space in the centre of the library. Above this space is a circular glass ceiling with incident daylight.

The shifting light has a pleasant effect, constantly changing the experience of the library space. Two sculptured stairs in a half-spiral design lead up to the round circle of the mezzanine.

The library has a glass façade facing south and west, making the interior bright and airy. The flooring consists of slate tiles and parquet.

The library offers visitors the benefits of universal design.

Kongsvinger library has two beautiful artworks; “The Beachcomber”, consisting of 4000 pieces of glass,and “Wings of a King”, a digital artwork which can be seen on the library’s webpage.

The library is not only a centre of learning and knowledge but also a meeting place for students at Sentrum videregående skole and for the general population. Technology and culture are important focus areas for Kongsvinger library.

Authority and authority type

Kongsvinger Municipality, Hedmark County

Title of library in local language

Kongsvinger bibliotek

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Rådhusplassen 6
2212 Kongsvinger

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Public Library

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