Library Salon - Beit Ariela
Creating a dynamic space for ideas, knowledge, and literature in Tel Aviv’s oldest public library
The Shaar Zion library is Tel Aviv’s oldest public library, established in 1891. It was later moved into the Beit Ariela building and today is the largest branch in the Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo’s network of public libraries.
The Shaar Zion Beit Ariela public library provides a range of cultural programs and services beyond its treasured collection of books and publications.
Beit Ariela is a forty-year-old building in need of renovation, stages of which are currently underway. This also presents an opportunity to implement a new vision: turning the library into a ‘Salon’ – a place where people can access and exchange ideas and knowledge, and which is utilized as a cultural landmark. This shift in focus from books to people is library best practice around the world.
The scope of the planned renovation includes:
- Creation of a ‘living room’ space, creative writing area, workshop rooms, group study rooms, and a coffee show;
- Modular and flexible furniture so enable different activities;
- Digital book borrowing and other services;
- Improve accessibility and fire safety compliance (currently underway).
As well as book-lovers, the library aims to attract various groups, local entrepreneurs or small business people, students, etc.
The Tel Aviv Foundation is seeking a philanthropic investment toward renovating the Shaar Zion Beit Ariela to become a Library Salon.
Requested donation: $1,000,000