Press Release

May 11, 2021

Pieternel Thijssen – Head of innovation and Library, Lochal
Tilburg, Netherlands




Pieternel Thijssen, Head of Innovation and Library, LocHal Tilburg, Netherlands
David van der Leer,
  Principal, DVDL

The world is rapidly changing around us, and it is questionable if the old frameworks for the development of programs and space programs for museums will still be relevant tomorrow. What would museums for the 21st century become if we were to take this unprecedented time to explore new missions, visions, and (space) programs for existing and new institutions?

For our next conversation in The Future of Cultural Centers   dialogue series, we will be speaking with  Pieternel Thijssen, Manager of Social Programming for the Public Library of Midden-Brabant, the Netherlands. The library of Midden-Brabant plays an essential role in connecting people to their local community and in supporting and facilitating people in their personal growth. The LocHal Library, the city library of Tilburg, has made a huge step toward fulfilling the role of the social library. Pieternel was project manager for the LocHal and Manager of Innovation. She is both a librarian with a master’s degree in business information and a visionary when it comes to public libraries and the added value they should have in society. 

LocHal is a world-class urban living room, designed by Amsterdam-based studio Civic Architects. Occupying a former glass and steel locomotive shed of the Dutch National Railways in Tilburg, the Netherlands, LocHal houses the Central Brabant Province Library, the nonprofit arts organization Kunstloc Brabant, a coworking startup called Seats2Meet, Brabant C, a regional investment fund for culture and the creative industry, a number of labs, and more. LocHal is a space for both young and old to read, learn, study, meet, gather and learn new skills. It is a place for testing, creating, exhibiting, and presenting the latest innovations.


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