Time Public Library

Asplan Viak, Karen Ane JonassenNorway

Time Public Library is located in a former industrial site that in recent years has been transformed into a residential area with premises for cultural activities, services and learning. The library and the Garborg Centre represent the cultural element, while Forum Jæren with its 64 metre high-rise leases premises to local industries. There is a restaurant and a bar on the 17th floor. Some protected industrial buildings in the area provide space for a ceramic workshop and outlet, design studios and a publishing house. One of the country’s largest upper secondary schools will open nearby in 2014.

Time Public Library opened on 17 October 2010. The library is located on the Hetlandsgata at Bryne and shares premises with the national Garborg Centre and a privately operated French café. The library occupies 1600 m2 over two floors. On the ground floor there is a reception that serves both the library and the Garborg Centre, the café with a section for newspapers and journals, books for children and adults, meeting facilities and workspaces. On the first floor we have the PopCult department, containing books for young people, films, music and computer games. Here we also have six of the library’s nine computers for use by visitors. The first floor also houses the Garborg Centre as well as a shared area with an amphitheatre for events and a shared office section.

After moving into its new premises, Time Public Library has more than doubled its number of visitors. The cooperation with the Garborg Centre and the café permits the library to provide the public with extended opening hours as well as a wider range of events.

Authority and authority type

Time kommune

Title of library in local language

Time bibliotek

Year of completion



PO Box 38
4349 Bryne

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Category of library

Public Library

Interior design

Martha Lundesgaard

Special features, internal

Interior walls decorated by Per Formoe, a non-figurative Norwegian artist. His work on Time Public Library is one of his greatest artistic assignments.

Special features, external

Concrete wall covered with steel mesh. On the wall in ten different languages are ten quotes by the Norwegian author Arne Garborg (1851-1923). The purpose of the Garborg Centre is to showcase Arne and his wife Hulda Garborg's literary legacy and their commitment to social and cultural life. Arne Garborg (born Aadne Garborg) came from the village of Garborg in the municipality of Time. He became one of the greatest Norwegian thinkers of the late 19th century.

Furniture supplier

AGG Kontormøbler AS

Overall Cost

€ 6.700.000
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