European Library Tour

Study Tour

2020 Study Tour – POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19


  • Wednesday, April 15 (Arrive in Oslo)
  • Friday, April 24 (End of planned tour in Copenhagen)

Itinerary: (subject to change)

OSLO (Day 1, 2, 3)

  • New Oslo Central Library (opening 2020), session with Lund Hagem the architectural firm that designed the library
  • Tour of Oslo branches, including an open library
  • Presentation by Snønetta, the architectural firm that designed the new library in Alexandria

HELSINKI (Day 4, 5, 6)

  • Helsinki University Main Library
  • Helsinki Central Library
  • Helsinki suburban branch

COPENHAGEN and area (Day 7, 8, 9)

  • Royal Library – Black Diamond
  • Aarhus Dokk1 Library
  • Malmö Central Library
  • Oxie and Garaget Branches of the Malmö Library


Members: $5,550 plus taxes (library staff, board, architects working with a member on a current project)

What the cost would cover:

  • Airfare within Europe
  • 9 nights of accommodation (based on single occupancy)
  • All transfers and ground transportation
  • 9 breakfasts; some lunches; and three dinners
  • No visas required
  • On-tour support personnel
  • All European taxes
  • Main host gift(s) in each city

What would not be covered:

  • Airfare to Oslo
  • Transportation from Oslo airport to the hotel;
  • Transportation from hotel to Copenhagen airport
  • Airfare home from Copenhagen
  • Non-stated meals; beverages; tips/gratuities
  • Trip insurance
  • Double occupancy discount ($550)
  • Approximately $75–$115 in HST for Canadian paid items
  • Extra days if choosing travel early or extend beyond

Who can go on the tour:

  • Members (anyone within a member library system)
  • Architects and Planners working with a member
  • Retired Members
  • Spouses
  • If room, it will be opened up beyond, to other members of the Canadian public library community for $5,800.

The target is 20-24 people.

Date for Expression of Interest:

Forms and deposit are required as a formal expression of interest by September 15, 2019. Final payment is due by January 15, 2020.


Previous Study Tour Information:

CULC/CBUC’s 2011 Study Tour