In the little community of Bjelland in Marnardal municipality, a rather unusual cooperation between the library and the local shop has led to a win-win situation. The people in the community have got better library services and the local shop is no longer threatened with closure.
The small branch library in the community was only open three hours a week. Now it is the shop opening hours that count and that means being open six days a week the whole year. No more closing for the summer either! The shop puts a suitable area of its premises at the dis- posal of the library and the shop staff register loans. The collection comprises about 2,600 books in addition to newspapers and a PC. Qualified librarians come in at set times one day a week and tidy up the collection, which is renewed at regular intervals.
The cooperation between the library and the local shop started as a project in 2006, but it is now so successful that the parties wish to continue.
The National Library of Norway
Tertit.knudsen AT nb.no
Translated by Akasie språktjenester AS