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The sixteen points
Library 21 links tradition and innovation.
A library represents both memory and the avant-garde: it is at the same
time the keeper of knowledge and the vanguard in the field of innovative
Library 21 provides a foundation for the knowledge-based society of
the future and takes on the responsibility for teaching society about
the new media.
Society needs translators to bridge the gap from a culture based on the
alphabet to one that is digital and visual in nature. Library 21 provides
those translators on a widespread basis, for children, teachers and adults
Library 21 guarantees free access to information.
It is open nearly 24 hours a day and provides cross-media access to all
important information resources. Library 21 promotes the collection of
freely accessible information in digital form. It ensures equality of
opportunities in a knowledge-based society.
Library 21 develops strategies for structuring knowledge and for knowledge
Besides providing sources of knowledge and tapping those sources, it establishes
personalised information and advisory services to which experts contribute.
Library 21 is a place for lifelong, self-controlled and targeted learning.
Library 21 is a place of education.
Library 21 makes learning fun. It supports the learning process of individuals
within the context of lifelong learning by providing access to media,
advice and specialised learning.
Library 21 is an important centre of innovative learning.
It is a space that offers ideas and suggestions. It must constantly be
reconfigured, so that visitors encounter the unexpected. Visitors should
be able to find not only the thing they have been searching for, but also
that which they never set out to look for, but which they may well need
in order to solve a complex problem.
Library 21 is a space where users become acquainted with literature,
art and music.
Both literary tradition and the future of literature and the book are
cultivated by animated films, talks and meetings with authors, and art
exhibitions and other events. Particular attention is paid to the inspiration
of the arts and the interplay of the arts - literature, visual art, music,
theatre, film and dance.
Library 21 makes a contribution to the changing world of work.
Library 21 makes a considerable effort to highlight opportunities for
vocational qualifications and provides knowledge to help users succeed
on the job both now and in the future.
Library 21 is dedicated to the City of Stuttgart and its environs.
It is a forum for intellectual and cultural life for the city and the
region. It puts on special events such as the "Stuttgart Literature
Scene" and "Music in the Stuttgart Region". In addition,
it provides a regional plattform for artists, scientists and researchers.
Library 21 is a reliable companion.
It generates ideas and helps in times of upheaval yet it is also a place
of calm where visitors can collect their thoughts and enjoy an atmosphere
conducive to concentration.
Library 21 is both a place of exploration for individuals as well as
a meeting place for people representing a wide span of ages and cultures.
It contributes to harmony in a multicultural society and promotes dialogue
between generations and cultures.
Library 21 is hospitable.
Every day, it offers the opportunity to meet and communicate with other
people, both at a distance and in close proximity, according to individual
needs. The library's programmes culminate in festivals and parties which
are also highlights for the city and the region.
Library 21 has multimedia facilities for children and young people.
It creates a space for them to broaden their imagination, meet others
and learn to enjoy books and different media. It gives all children and
young people an equal opportunity to use both new and traditional media.
It actively promotes the content of various media and offers an attractive
venue with which children and young people can identify.
Library 21 creates networks.
Stuttgart's City Library has a long tradition of close cooperation with
cultural and educational institutions in the Stuttgart region, and increasingly
at international level.
Library 21 operates in accordance with sound business principles and
keeps costs under control.
It sees itself as a knowledge-based business that deals very responsibly
with its employees, whom it values highly. Library 21 is a model for the
organisation of work.
Library 21 welcomes the future.