#Barcam March 7th: Books are just an excuse

Libraries as public buildings are more than just a home for books


Join our Monthly Barcam Architects Café in Amsterdam

Barcam is the monthly gathering for architects and construction professionals across the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (MRA), held every first Thursday of the month.

Make sure to mark every first Thursday of the month in your calendar!

7 March 2024: Books are just an excuse! Libraries as public buildings are more than just a home for books

What role do libraries play in the city and are these the last public buildings that are truly public and accessible free of charge? What value do these kinds of places have in the city?

On the one hand, we highlight the designer’s side. From what principles and vision of the future is a library designed? To what extent are developments in the function of libraries and the position that libraries occupy in our society taken into account? We also highlight the side of the library itself as an institution. For example, who doesn’t know the OBA? For over 100 years, Amsterdam residents have been coming to Amsterdam’s public libraries for knowledge, culture and information. The OBAs are lively and accessible places where many Amsterdam residents feel at home. How is OBA’s vision created and how is the future considered?

On March 7, Barcam will discuss the importance of public spaces and buildings such as libraries in the city from different perspectives and disciplines.


  • Arne Lijbers – Partner/Architect at Mecanoo. As an (interior) architect, he has worked on projects such as the New York Public Library, the ‘LocHal’ library in Tilburg, OBA Postjesweg en OBA Mercatorplein
  • Chris Sigaloff – Program manager at OBA and a pioneer at OBA Next.
  • Ilse van Boxtel – Production manager at OBA Oosterdok, coordinating exhibitions, lectures, and events
  • Ephraïm Beks – Rental and conference employee at OBA, expert on user experience
When en How

Date: Thursday 7 March 2024
Time: doors open from 6pm
Short panel discussion: 7pm – 7.30 pm
RSVP: No registration required
Location: Arcam, Prins Hendrikkade 600
Language Panel Discussion: English

Accessibility: Arcam is wheelchair accessible. All floors can be reached via the elevator and there is a modified toilet on the ground floor. If you need extra support (such as a sign language interpreter) to attend this event, please call or email Arcam at 020 620 48 78 or arcam@arcam.nl

Barcam Committee

Barcam is organised by Katja de Winter (Ponec De Winter), Surya Steijlen (LEVS architecten), Sanne Oehlers (Mecanoo), Wilco van Oosten and Robin Beers (INBO), Valentijn Kaal (AM), Judith Tillie (Woonzorg Nederland), Jaap van den Hoogen and Juliette Zegers (de Architekten Cie.), Ammar Alhoushi (Ammodo) and Sjaan van der Tol (Arcam).

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