Universitätsbibliothek Mannheim university library building architecture design interior view
Library Details
Basic Information
Type
University library
Year of opening
2014
Total Cost
650,000 EUR
Location/Address
University / Institution
Universität Mannheim
Address
Schloss Schneckenhof West
68131 Mannheim
Germany
Project Story
Main Motications and Objectives

The central reading room, which already included a temporary group work zone has been transformed into a modern learning center. The aim was to create a place for learning, where the students could at any time find a most supportive and flexible environment particularly for collaborative, but also for informal learning, with the latest technical equipment. An important goal was to create as many different workspaces as possible by convenient zoning of the large space.

Characteristics/Description

Central location on the suburban campus in the immediate vicinity of the central library and computer infocenter and of the busy area of libraries Schloss Schneckenhof South (Business Administration).

Rectangular ground plan, 1 level on the 1st floor in the east wing of the historical baroque castle. Ceiling height 5 m.Ceiling high windows with historical crossbar frames allow for natural light.

Publications
  • Annette Klein, Katharina Rautenberg, Jochen Usinger and Andrea Dombrowe (2014): Vom Lesesaal zum Learning Center. Ein neues Raum- und Benutzungskonzept an der UB Mannheim. BIT online : Zeitschrift für Bibliothek, Information und Technologie mit aktueller Internet-Präsenz, 17, 4, 321-328.

Awards
New Project Data
Type
Renovation
Competition
No
Architect/s

Total Floor Area
19,653 m2
Floor Area Open to Public
Shelving Capacity Open Stacks
19,400 linear meters
Shelving Capacity Closed Stacks
29,100 linear meters
Number of Staff
83 FTE
Total Seating Capacity
2,012
Group Study Rooms
4
Individual Study Rooms

Opening
Late, Night, Weekend
Additional Features
Special Rooms

Learning zones separated by high wooden walls as “room within a room”, flexible furnishing without permanently installed Pcs.

Special Features
Additional Comments

Capacity of 1.940.000 documents in 2014.