On Tuesday, 26.01.2021, Ulrich Johannes Schneider (Leipzig University Library) gave the digital lecture “Public Spaces Under Cover – People in the Library” on Zoom as part of the KWI lecture series “Carte Blanche II – My Favourite Lecture”. The lecture has been recorded and is now available in the KWI media library.
Schneider’s lecture examines libraries as social institutions, catering not only for books but also for people. From our present point of view, dedicating a specific space for reading and writing seems obvious and unimportant at the same time. However, rather than a mere engineering of space, library architecture plays a larger role in global cultural history than even library lovers might suspect.