• Library Buildings in Europe

  • The Library Buildings in Europe website records  examples of good and interesting library buildings throughout Europe; it is a benchmarking tool for all those involved in new or refurbished library building projects including librarians, architects or any other professionals.

    The aim is to inspire and support anyone working on a library building project – a new building, an extension, a renovation, or a reworking of interior spaces. The wide variety of case studies will enable those involved in such projects to pick up on new trends, to share knowledge and experience, and to learn from, and make contact with, each other.

    Members of the LIBER Architecture Group (LIBER LAG) are delighted to offer this project as a tool to stimulate innovative ideas and new approaches to transforming the library model in the 21st century.

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  • ULB Universitäts Landesbibliothek Darmstadt library building architecture design exterior view
    Thomas Ott , TU Darmstadt

    ULB Stadtmitte

    Darmstadt, 2012

    The new library is located in the center of the inner city campus – between the cafeteria and the old main building of the Technical University of Darmstadt. It is therefore easily accessible for university users.

    Main aims and objectives of the project were installation of the relevant inventory in freehand, more than doubling the user workstations, creating individual and group workspaces, creating training and meeting rooms, information desks on all floors. Improved storage conditions for the old stock.

    The architects’ concept is characterized by the “idea of ​​spatial formation, the networking of urban spaces and interiors and the respect for the heterogeneous environment of the location.

    You can visit it here.