The installation invited users to share what the library means to them. The installation attracted nearly 600 contributions over a two week period during January, 2024, at Brighton’s central Jubilee Library.
Brighton and Hove Libraries hope to take the project on tour.
The campaign builds on the idea that the library is a space that means different things to different people. What you make of the library is up to you, but what is always true is that it’s free and open to everyone. The hope was to inspire the next generation of library users.
The project was made of three parts. Each part was a page of a website. The site was built with React and Bootstrap. Google Firebase and Google Cloud Functions were used for the backend.
The onsite iPads allowed visitors to submit comments. The iPads were put in guided access mode and the Add to Home Screen feature of iOS was used to make them feel like native apps. A profanity filter and ReCAPTCHA were used for security.
The comments submitted were shown on a large digital wall display, in a random grid that grew progressively, as more submissions were made. Users could customise the shape and colours of their messages.
A secure admin panel was available to library staff to manage the campaign. From here comments could be pinned as favourites or deleted. It was also possible to download comments as images and to download the contents of the database.