The internet has had a major impact on how people find and access information, and now the rising popularity of e-books and databases is helping to transform reading habits and research stategies. The availability of free computers and internet access now rivals book lending and reference expertise as a vital service of libraries. In this changing landscape, libraries are trying to adjust their services to these new realities while still serving the needs of patrons who rely on more traditional resources. Our most recent Library survey finds that many Library Users are eager to see the Library’s digital services expand, yet also feel that print books remain important in the digital age.
Our Services Updated and Expanded
The world in which the Peace Palace Library now works is very different to the workplace of a decade ago. New information technologies, including social networking and communication, and 24/7 connectivity has transformed the Library and the way we look at our services. The Library is more than a clearly identifiable physical location where you can read and borrow books, as the digital revolution has changed the trinity of time, place and action.
Nowadays, the Library is accessible to a larger audience. An audience that is not hampered by physical distance alone. Library services can now theoretically be available every hour, 7 days a week. Our collections and resources are more diverse in terms of content and form. At the same time, the physical space of the Library has been completely redeveloped. A new Library building has been constructed in 2007, with attractive design and a state-of-the-art Reading Room. The Library is now better equipped to meet social functionalities, such as co-working, events, instruction courses, tours, etc.
The Peace Palace Library of the future is a place where people, not books, not even information are central. By using modern library tools and information technologies, the Library has updated and expanded its services in order to create an optimal digital user experience. Access to digital resources and a new website with an updated and highly refined online catalog are just the tip of the iceberg. Please, take a look at all Library services in the submenus. We are at your service!