LIBER ARCHITECTURE GROUP: a forum of LIBER brings together librarians with building projects and helps to focus concepts and planning processes.

It furthers the exchange of experience between librarians and architects throughout Europe and attempts to raise the level of awareness of new projects and trends. This is done in numerous ways.

  • Seminars are regularly organised, including visits to new library buildings;
  • A digital database of Library Buildings in Europe documents new buildings, renovations, refurbishments and extensions;
  • Documentation from seminars and other publications can be downloaded or ordered as Print-On-Demand books.

Seminars are held bi-annually in libraries across Europe.

Freiburg, 2016 (18th seminar)

Get Involved: Futureproofing your Library through Dialogue
Freiburg University Library, Germany

The program, photos and other information about this seminar are available on the official seminar website.

Evaluation form LAG Seminar, Freiburg, April 2016

Tuesday 12 April
Pre-seminar library visits to Strasbourg (BNU and Andrế Malraux Public Library)

Wednesday 13 April

Visits to libraries in Freiburg area.
St Peter’s Monastery Black Forest, Archives, the Diary Museum or the Solar Green Eco Village “Quartier Vauban”)

13:00 – 13:30 Opening: Welcome Ulrich Niederer, chair LAG and Prof. Dr. Gunther Neuhaus, Vice Rector, Freiburg University

13:30 – 14.30 Keynote Prof Martin Hoenen, University of Basel, Changing Libraries

15:00 – 17:00 Session 1 User involvement
Graham Walton, Loughborough University Library: How Library users use space: research results
Olaf Eigenbrodt, Hamburg State and University Library: User participation in the planning process
Agnes Mainka, Heinrich Heine-Universität Düsseldorf: Links between public and academic libraries in city planning and urbanism
Frédéric Brodkom, Library of Science and Technology, Catholic University Louvain: Mapping users’ habits and patterns of use at the University of Louvain.

Thursday 14 April
09:00 – 10:30 Session 2 Staff involvement
Andreas Haitz-Fliehmann, Universitätsbauamt Freiburg: Involving staff in the planning process
Hendrik Defoort, Ghent University Library: Moving a closed access collection at Ghent

11:00 – 12:30 Session 3 Architects’ approaches to the new library building type
Francois J.V. Valentiny, Valentiny hvp Architects, Remerschen-Schengen/ Luxembourg: The Luxembourg University project.
Clément Blanchet, architect, Paris: Different places where information can be shared

14:00 – 16:00 Session 4 New buildings (Librarians and architects)
Ralf Coussée, Coussée & Goris architecten Ghent: Krook, the Ghent Central Library
Roisin Heneghan, Heneghan Peng architects: Dublin Greenwich University Library
Antje Kellersohn, Freiburg University Library, and Heinrich Degelo, Degelo Architekten, Basel: Freiburg University Library.(Presentation Kellersohn / Degelo)

Friday 15 April
9.00 – 10.30 Session 5 Technical issues
Daniela Pogade, Textredaktion Berlin: Signage and wayfinding
Jochen Usinger, UKW Innenarchitekten Krefeld: Light according to the DIN standards versus lighting concept
Ulrich Niederer, Central and University Library Luzern: High Tech, Low Tech: The Swiss Cooperative Storage Facility

11.00-12.30 Session 6 Post occupancy evaluation: the planning cycle
Karen Latimer, Queen’s University Belfast Library: The IFLA POE project and Queen’s University of Belfast Library(6 years on)
Klaus Ulrich Werner, Freie Universität Berlin: Philologische Bibliothek “The Brain”(10 years on)
Jeremy Upton, Edinburgh University Library: Edinburgh University Library (c. 50 years on)

Helsinki, 2014 (17th seminar)

Designing the Future – From Concepts to Library Buildings
Small Hall, University of Helsinki, Finland

The program, photos and other information about this seminar are available on the official seminar website.

Tuesday 6 May
Pre-Seminar: Library visits:
Vikki Campus Library
Meilahti Campus Library
Aalto Library and the Learning Hub at Otaniemi Campus, Aalto University

Wednesday 7 May

9:30 – 11:30 Visits to The Sibelius Academy Library and Helsinki Music Centre  or  The Helsinki University Library, Behavioural Sciences Library Minerva or  The Library of Parliament
13:00 – 13:30 Opening: Welcome address Prof. Jukka Kola, Rector, University of Helsinki; Ulrich Niederer, Chair, LIBER Architecture Group

13:30 – 14.30 Keynote Innovative interdisciplinary design for learning spaces, Prof. Kirsti Lonka, University of Helsinki

15:00 – 17:15 Session 1 Working spaces/Staff areas
Library/ University staff working areas: theory and practice, Anna-Maija Lukkari, Architect, Director of Properties and Facilities, University of Helsinki
Staff working spaces – a challenge for the future, Anette Franzkowiak, Architect, Head of Buildings and Facilities, Technische Informationsbibliothek und Universitätsbibliothek, Hannover
Trends in designing work/office spaces. Minna Andersson, Marketing Responsibility, Martela
Thursday 8 May

09:00 – 10:30 Session 2 Library concepts to competition winners
Helsinki Central Library Project, Tuula Haavisto, Director
From Lille 1 University Library to the Innovation Learning Center, Julien Roche, Head Librarian, University Library of Lille 1
Vienna Learning Resource Center, Cornelius Schlotthauer, Zaha Hadid Architects

11:00 – 12:30 Session 3 Concept to reality – what happens in between
BULAC Library two years after opening, Marie-Lise Tsagouria, Director, BULAC Library
Planning the City Library Stuttgart since 1997: today’s intellectual and cultural heart of the new European Quarter near the main station, Christine Brunner, Director, City Library Stuttgart
National Library of Latvia, Riga (Sleeping Beauty), Andris Vilks, Director, National Library of Latvia

14:00 – 16:00 Session 4 Dialogue with architects
Tallinn University of Technology Library, Mattias Agabus, Architect 11
Dialogue in the process of building a new library – recent projects from Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Elif Tinaztepe, Schmidt Hammer Lassen
Helsinki University Main Library, Kaisa House, Matti Huhtamies, Anttinen Oiva Architects
Friday 9 May

9.00 – 10.30 Session 5 Technical aspects
Two new library buildings for Bern University Library: vonRoll on a former industrial site, and the new Central Library in its old historic building, Christian Lüthi, Head of Resources, Bern University Library
The new building of the National Archives of France (Paris/Pierrefitte-sur Seine) : Technical concerns and solutions, Jean-Luc Bichet, architect

11.00-13.00 Session 6 Changing roles, changing spaces
The living campus and use of personas at Delft, Wilma van Wezenbeek, Director, TU Delft Library
From Delft to the Library at Birmingham, Francine Houben, Mecanoo Architects
The Hive at the University of Worcester, Anne Hannaford, Director of Information & Learning Services

13.00 – 13.30 Conclusion Ulrich Niederer, Chair, LIBER Architecture Group

Prague, 2012 (16th seminar)

Prag_NTK-0018865_grossReshape, refurbish, reorganise: designing the sustainable library

Národní technická knihovna / National Technical Library
Technická 6, 160 80 Praha 6 – Dejvice

Tuesday 17 April
Pre-seminar visits
Regional Research Library, Liberec
Regional Research Library, Hradec Králové

Wednesday 18 April
Pre-seminar visits
Choice of visit to four or five libraries in Prague on Wednesday 18 April morning:
A. Faculty of Arts Library, Charles University
B. National Archives
C. Strahov Monastery Library
D. Smichov Municipal Library
E. Academy of Sciences Library

13.30 – 14.00 Official opening of the Seminar Chairman: Martin Svoboda, National Technical Library, Prague
Jindřich Fryč (International Relations and European Affairs Section Head, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport)
Ulrich Niederer (Chairman, LIBER Architecture Group)

14.00 – 15.00 Keynote speaker Future libraries, The Library – a catalyst for urban development. Helle Juul, Juul and Frost, Architects, Copenhagen

15.30 – 17.00 Session 1: Setting the scene
Libraries in the age of a digital fire. Jiří Zlatuška, Centre for Education, Research and Innovation)
Putting students first: libraries and learning, Graham Bulpitt, Kingston University London.
Research: Overview. Hans Geleijnse, Library Strategy Consultant. Past President of LIBER.
Thursday 19 April
9.00 – 10.30 Session 2: Sustainability
Building’s envelope design, energy efficiency and renewable energies, Anna Wagner, Chanson et Wagner architectes
A story of implementation of comprehensive modernization of energy management of the National Theater with application of alternative sources, Miroslav Růžička, National Theatre

11.00 – 12.30 Session 3: Refurbishment of buildings
The SantAgostino project for a new Cultural Centre in Modena, Alessandro Bertoni, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice
Ghent Library, Bert Rogiers, Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen
Refurbishment of the National University Library of Strasbourg, Christophe Didier, National and University Library of Strasbourg.

14.00 – 15.30 Session 4: Re-organising and re-purposing space
Reshaping Freiburg University Library – Learning and Research in the Heart of the City, Antje Kellersohn, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg
Refurbishing The Black Diamond to meet the digital Challenges, Steen Bille Larson, The Royal Library, Copenhagen
Introduction to visit to National Technical Library, Petr Lešek (Projektil Architects), Thomáš Vaněk (PAS)

Friday 20 April

9.00 – 10.30 Session 5: Technical aspects of buildings
A crash course into acoustics, Jan David Hanrath, hanratharchitect BV/ H2 interactive BV
The O.A.S.E. – an example of modern, well-designed learning spaces, Ulrike Brunenberg-Piel, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf

11.00-12.30 Session 6: Preservation
The National Institute for Sound and Vision; Archives under Dutch Water, Willem Jan Neutelings, Neutelings Riedijk Architects
The Strategic Approach for Special Collections at the Bodleian Libraries, Richard Ovenden, Bodleian Libraries, Oxford

12.30 – 13.00 Conclusion, Ulrich Niederer (Chairman, LIBER Architecture Group)

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Madrid, 2010 (15th seminar)

Fit for what purpose? Planning libraries for the users of the future

Madrid, Spain, April 2010 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (BNE)

Monday 12 April
Meet at the BNE for visits to:
– Biblioteca Regional de Madrid ‘Joaquin Leguina’
– Biblioteca Pública Usera ‘José Hierro’, Madrid
– Biblioteca Pública Municipal de Carabanchel, Madrid

Tuesday 13 April
Meet at the BNE for visits to:
– UNED University Library (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia)
– Biblioteca Tomàs Navarro del del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid

Meet at Biblioteca Tomás Navarro Tomás – CSIC for a visit to:
– Biblioteca Pública de Guadalajara

Wednesday 14 April

10.45 – 11.00 Welcome and introduction, Milagros del Corral Beltrán (Director-General, National Library of Spain), Ulrich Niederer (LIBER Architecture Group Chairman)

11.00 – 12.30 Session 1: Setting the scene

Libraries in a Spanish context / movie (200MB). Maria Antonia Carrato, Deputy Director of Library Coordination at the Ministry of Culture of Spain
Of 13 year old boys and libraries: will digital natives still love books? Wim de Waele, IBBT Research Institute
13.30 – 15.00 Session 2: Sustainable communities / Libraries in their local environment

The building of the University Central Library at Seville Gardens, Andrés Agudo Martínez, Architect, Sonsoles Celestino Angulo, University Library of Seville
Strasbourg study case, André Hincker, Strasbourg Public Library Network
Technical University Library, Prague, Martin Svoboda


15.30 – 17.00 Session 3: Technical aspects of buildings
Design of the energy-efficient house: the implications for libraries, Tõnu Mauring Tartu University
Acoustics, Gérard Le Goff Architect
Energy restoration of the University and State Library Bremen and the impact on the user, Peter Ritzenhoff, Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences


Thursday 15 April

9.00 – 10.30 Session 4: Changing and adapting library buildings

National Library of Spain,  Jerónimo Junquera, Architect
Architects and the Booktower of the Ghent University Library, Gert Jansseune, Architect, and Sylvia van Peteghem, Chief Librarian


11.00-12.30 Session 5: New technology

Use of RFID Technology in Libraries: panacea or pain? Frank Seeliger, Technische Fachhochschule Wildau
Multitouch in the library – contextualization and visualization using Microsoft Surface,  Koen Rotteveel, DOK, Library Concept Center, Delft
13.30 – 15.00 Session 6: Joint-use libraries

Info Centre Korona – the heart of the Viikki campus, Marja Moisio, Helsinki University Library, Viikki Campus Library
Bibliothèque Nationale de France – Richelieu/ L’Institut National d’Histoire d’Art/Ecole Nationale des Chartes, Marie de Laubier, BnF
Worcester Library and History Centre, Judith Keene, University of Worcester

15.00 The Alcalá de Henares building project of the National Library of Spain, Francisco Longoria, Architect


Friday 16 April

09.00 – 10.30 Session 7: Long-term storage of collections

Long-term storage in low temperature stacks, Marie Vest, Royal Library Copenhagen
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Willem Jan Neutelings, Architect
Due to the volcano ash, Willem Jan Neutelings was not able to reach Madrid; his presentation could not take place. See the Website of the Netherlands Institute for Sound an Vision:
British Library, Boston Spa / movie (cf. slide 20, 10MB), Deborah Novotny, British Library


11.00 – 12.30  Session 8: Refurbished buildings

David Wilson Library, Christine Fyfe, University of Leicester
Technical University Library, Delft, Wilma van Wezenbeek, TU Delft Library
Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de la Sorbonne (3 year later in Sorbonne: plans), Philippe Marcerou, Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de la Sorbonne


13.45 – 14.00 UNIFOR Product review

14.00 – 15.30 Session 9: Collaboration between librarians and architects

No fairy tale: The Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum — successful collaboration between architects and librarians, Olaf Eigenbrodt, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
A Library in the skyline of Toledo, Jose Maria Peridis, Architect

15.30 – 15.45 Conclusion, Ulrich Niederer (LIBER Architecture Group Chairman)

Budapest & Debrecen, 2008 (14th seminar)

Building on Experience: Learning from the Past to Plan for the Future
Tuesday 8 April

13:30 – 14:00 Opening Ulrich Niederer, Chair, LIBER Architecture Group / Judith Skaliczki, Library Department, Ministry of Education and Culture

14:00 – 15:30 Session 1: Lessons learned  
Graham Bulpitt, London: Setting the scene: universities, libraries, and change
Marie-Francoise Bisbrouck, Paris: Evaluation of university library buildings in France

16:00 – 17:30 Session 2: Case studies in library buildings – then and now 
Elmar Mittler, Göttingen: The German Experience
Valerie Vesque-Jeancard, Bibliotheque Nationale de France: A dynamic assessment of the François Mitterand Library (Bibliothèque Nationale de France)
Ewa Kobierska-Maciuszko, Warsaw: Warsaw University Library: experience 10 years after

Wednesday 9 April

9:00 – 11:00 Session 3: Sustainable Architecture
Gerd Schablitzki, Umweltbundesamt, Dessau: Sustainable Architecture: Truly ecological, or just a label? – ambition and reality in building the new Federal Environment Agency’s office and library complex in Dessau
Pat Noon: The Lanchester Library at Coventry University: building a sustainable library

11:30 – 12:30 Session 4: Contributed papers
Carine El Bekri-Dinoird: Reims: From a library to another: The new Robert de Sorbon library of the University of Reims
Søren Clausen, Royal Library Denmark, Copenhagen: Copenhagen Faculty Library for Humanities 

13:15-13:30 Pierre-Yves Boulet, BRM Mobilier: Library furniture solutions

13:30 – 15:30 Session 5: Refurbishing and Reorganization  
Thomas Feurstein, Bregenz: Changin a monastery into a library: The Vorarlberger Landesbibliothek, Bregenz, Austria
Seamus McMahon, Cork: Refurbishing, extending, recreating, and renewing the Boole Library at University College Cork, Ireland
Jill Beard, Bournemouth: Reshaping the Future: The Sir Michael Cobham Library, Bournemouth University
Nicola Nykopp, Helsinki: New service concepts and buildings at the University of Helsinki


Thursday 10 April

Study tour to Nyíregyháza and Debrecen
Visits to Public Country Library and College Library
Visit to new County Library in Debrecen

Friday 11 April

9:00 – 10:30 Session 6: Lightning
Raymond Belle, Paris: How to highlight your library – the power of light!
Marina Vio, Venice: Lights, books and man

11.00-12.30 Session 7: The right questions to the Architects 
André Lohisse & Françoise Sogno, Paris: Architects and librarians under pressure: dialoguing about the renovation of a library in a constrained environment
Teresa Pages Gilibets, & Ignasi Bonet, Barcelona: Sant Boi de Llobregat Central Library, a good practice: librarian and architect working together, from the past to the future

14:00 – 15:30 Session 8: Hungarian Libraries  
Gabriella Nagy, Budapest: Corvinius University Library: in the heart of the university
Bela Mader, Szeged: A new Learning Centre for the University of Szeged / movie(36MB / 7min)

16:00 – 17:30 Session 9: New Models
Les Watson, Glasgow: Building Libraries for Leaning, the Saltire Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University [for copyright reasons, there are no pictures in this presentation. Pictures of the Saltire Center can be found here and on Les Watson’s website]
Dr. rer.nat. Herbert Kristen, Karlsruhe: 24/7 – virtual services and a new extension of the university library

17:30 – 18:00 Conclusions Ulrich Niederer, chair, LIBER Architecture Group

Utrecht/Gent, 2006 (13th seminar)

Changing Needs, Changing Libraries in Utrecht , The Netherlands
22 March – 24 March 2006 – with a pre-seminar tour 20/21 March in Belgium and the south of The Netherlands Interior of the new Utrecht University Library

In cooperation with: Utrecht University Library, and University Library of Gent.

The seminar took place in Utrecht , The Netherlands, from Wednesday, March 22, to Friday, March 24, 2006 . The pre-seminar tour starting in Gent, Belgium, covered libraries in Gent as well as in Brussels , Antwerp, Leuven and Maastricht on Monday and Tuesday, March 20/21. On Saturday, March 25, there will be an optional excursion to Delft Technical University Library, Amstelveen Public Library and Cobra Museum of Modern Art.
Pre-seminar tour: Inviting Libraries, Inviting Buildings
Monday 20 March – Tuesday 21 March in Belgium and South of The Netherlands

Sunday 19 March 2006

Arrival in Gent , check-in at your hotel for two nights. Sunday free.

Monday 20 March 2006
Bus trip to Brussels ; visit to the Humanities Library, Université Libre de Bruxelles (architect: Art & Build Architects). Welcome by Jean-Pierre Devroey, Library Director and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Presentation of the Bibliothèque des Sciences Humaines by Christian Brouwer.

Lunch at the Public Library, Permeke Bibliotheek in Antwerp, including a visit to the library.
Presentation by the architect Paul Robbrecht [CV] on the refurbishing of the Felix Archive Antwerp.

16.00-17.00 Visit to Library at the Fashion Museum (architect Marie Josée van Hee)

19.30 Visit to Gent University Library (architect: Henry van de Velde), combined with dinner reception

Tuesday 21 March 2006

08.30-10.00 Bus trip to Leuven , with luggage

10.00-11.30 Visit to the Science Library, Arenberg Campus, Catholic University Leuven (architect: Rafael Moneo). (cf article in LIBER Quarterly)
Presentation by Raf Dekeyser, University Librarian em., Catholic University Leuven

11.30-12.30 Bus trip to Maastricht , The Netherlands
Lunch at the Bonnefanten Art Museum (Aldo Rossi, architect), Maastricht

13.30-15.00 Visit to the Centre Ceramique Public Library (Jo Coenen, architect), Maastricht

15.00-15.30 Walk to University Library Maastricht

15.30-17.30 Visit to University Library Maastricht (architect: OD205); welcome by John Gilbert, Chief Librarian

Seminar of The LIBER Architecture Group:
Changing Needs, Changing Libraries

Wednesday 22 March – Friday 24 March 2006 at the Utrecht University Library

Wednesday 22 March 2006

11.00 Session 1 . Opening of the seminar
a. Welcome by Elmar Mittler (LIBER Architecture Group)
b. Welcome by Wim Kardux, Member of the Board of Utrecht University

11.30-13.00 Session 2 : Changing needs, changing architecture

a. Graham Bulpitt ( Kingston University , Kingston , London ) [Abstract/CV]:Changing requirements of students and researchers
b. Marco De Michelis, IUAV University Venice [CV]:Trends in contemporary architecture

14.00-15.30 Session 3 . Planning pricnciples

a. Andrew MacDonald (Information Services, University of Sunderland) [Abstract/CV]: The Ten Commandments revisited

b. Tina Hohmann, Dipl. Ing. Arch., MLIS [Abstract/CV]: New aspects of library planning

c. Panel discussion (Wiel Arets [CV], Thomas Luecking [Gerber Archtitekten CV Prof. Eckhard Gerber], Tina Hohmann [Abstract/CV], Andrew McDonald [Abstract/CV], Marco de Michelis [CV].)
Ten commandments revisited

16.00-17.00 Session 4 . Utrecht University Library

a. Movie: “UBU Portrait” by Henryk Gajewski

b. Bas Savenije [Abstract/CV] (Utrecht University Library): Building a Living Library and Wiel Arets [CV] (architect of the Utrecht University Library): UBU Guided tour to library

Thursday 23 March 2006

09.00-10.30 Session 5. Contributed papers on refurbished buildings

a. Pieter Segers [CV]: The renovation project of the University Library Nijmegen
b. Ivana Kadlecova [Abstract/CV]: Knihovna Akademie ved Ceské Republiky, Prague
c. René Strehler [Abstract/CV/Text]: Library of the Law Institute, University of Zurich

11.00-12.30 Session 6. Contributed papers on refurbished buildings

a. Sylvia van Peteghem: University Library of Gent
b. Catherine Tresson [Abstract/CV]: Library of the University Denis Diderot – Paris VII
c. Alison Wilson [Abstract/CV]: Recent developments in Cambridge

13.45-15.00 Visit to Wageningen University Library (architect: Paul Wintermans)

a. welcome by Library Director Dick van Zaane
b. Presentation by architect Paul Wintermans

16.00-18.00 Visit to Librije and Walburgis Church in Zutphen.

Friday 24 March 2006

09.15-09.45 Session 7 . Contributed papers: New libraries,  Andreas Degkwitz [Abstract/CV]: AD, ICMC, Brandenburg TU, Cottbus

10:00-10:30 Poster session of Danuta Konieczna, about the new building of New Library of the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn (Poland)

10.30-12.00 Session 8 . Processes of Architecture competition: The Lausanne example
a. Nicolas Joye (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne) [CV]: Campus development
b. David Aymonin (Library of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne) [CV] & Marie-Françoise Bisbrouck (Library of the University Paris-Sorbonne) [Abstract/CV]: program and competition
c. Nicolas Joye [CV] & Mirjana Rittmeyer (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne) [Abstract/CV]: Project development and planning
Presentation and pictures

13.00-14.30 Session 9 . Processes of Architecture competition

a. Alessandro Bertoni (University Library System, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice ): New library buildings: alternatives, choices, selections
b. Panel discussion by the speakers in session 8 and 9

15.00-17.00 Session 10 . Campus development
a. François Montarras (University Denis Diderot – Pairs VII): Campus development for the University Denis Diderot – Paris VII
b. Marta Viragos (Debrecen University Library) [Abstract/CV]: Debrecen University Library, Hungary : a campus solution
c. Art Zaaijer (Architect) [Abstract/CV]: Campus planning of The Uithof, followed by a guided tour to the Uithof

Closing remarks by Bas Savenije (Utrecht University Library), and Elmar Mittler (LIBER Architecture Group)


Bozen/Bolzano and Venice, 2004 (12th seminar)

17 – 19 March 2004 , Bozen/Bolzano (with a pre-seminar tour in Venice , 15/16 March 2004)
The Renaissance of the Library – adaptable library buildings

In cooperation with The University Library of Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (, The European Academy of Bozen-Bolzano (, and Ca’ Foscari University Library, Venice (

Papers are published in LIBER Quarterly, 2004, No.2
– and check our photo links !
(photos by Elmar Mittler)
(photos from the Eurac)

and finally two pictures for insiders: they remind all those who took part in the delightful reception at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano of the fabulous translation match between Franz, Alessandro and Elmar…
Programme for the seminar in Bozen/Bolzano with links to the presentations (PowerPoint slides), CVs and abstracts

Wednesday 17 March

Opening Session

Luis Durnwalder, president of the Autonomous Province of Bozen-Bolzano South Tyrol
Friedrich Schmidl, president of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
Werner Stuflesser, president of the European Academy Bozen-Bolzano (EURAC)
Elmar Mittler, chairman of the LIBER Architecture Group

Session 1 1.1 Keynote speaker
Sarah Thomas [abstracts/CVs and presentation slides (5.5 MB)], Cornell University : The Renaissance of the Library

Session 2 Refurbishing existing libraries
2.1 Jean Sykes [abstracts/CVs and presentation slides (3.1 MB)], London School of Economics: Redeveloping the world’s largest social science Library for the 21. century
2.2 Dana Lostakova [abstracts/CVs and presentation slides (12.5 MB)], University Library Olomouc
2.3 Nadine Delcarmine [abstracts/CVs and presentation slides (5.8 MB)], University Library, Université Stendhal Grenoble III

Session 3 New Flexibility: Technical and Architectural Aspects
3.1 Gerhard Schneider [abstracts/CVs and presentation slides (0.7 MB)], IT services University of Freiburg : The Wireless Library
3.2 Jean-Louis Baal [abstracts/CVs and presentation slides (0.6 MB)], University Library of Caën: Total flexibility
3.3 Isabella Jesemann [abstracts/CVs and presentation slides (6.2 MB)], Fraunhofer Office Innovation Center , Stuttgart : Office 21 – recent developments in office planning

Session 4 Furniture and technical equipment
4.1 Stephan Dellago [abstracts/CVs and presentation slides (10.7 MB)], Architekturbüro plan werk stadt, Bozen/Bolzano: Multifunctionality in the planning and building process : experiences from EURAC and the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
4.2 Klaus Kempf [abstracts/CVs and presentation slides (5.4 MB)], Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich : Working places, furniture, and technology : strategies of flexibility of university library buildings – the case of Bozen/Bolzano
4.3 Vendor presentations: Cappelletti, and Erlacher
Visit to EURAC, and visit to the University Library of Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, followed by a reception at The Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Thursday 18 March

Session 5 The architects’ view
5.1 Aldo De Poli [abstracts/CVs and presentation slides (25 MB) ]: Tra monumento e macchina. Alla ricerca della biblioteca ideale (The memory of a lost monument. The architecture of the ideal library)
5.2 Konstaninas Jakovlevas-Mateckis [abstracts/CVs and presentation slides (2.1 MB)], Lina Kostinaite, Janina Pupeliene, Lithuania : Conceptual principles of the planning of modern libraries

Session 6 Contributed papers
6.1 Marko Mušic [abstracts/CVs and presentation slides (8.2 MB)], Lubljana University Library
6.2 Isabelle Boudet [abstracts/CVs and presentation slides (3.7 MB)], Bibliothèque Ste. Barbe, Paris
6.3 K.U. Werner and Monika Diecks [abstracts/CVs and presentation slides (3.7 MB)], FU Berlin, Philologische Bibliothek
6.4 Marco Muscogiuri [abstracts/CVs and presentation slides (15.1 MB)], Bolles & Wilson – alterstudio partners: The BEIC project in Milano

Friday 19 March 

Session 7  The 24 hour library
7.1 Julie Archer [abstracts/CVs and presentation slides (1.5 MB)], University of Sunderland : 24 x 7 : The Sunderland experience
7.2 Marcel Nauer [abstracts/CVs and presentation slides (8.6 MB)], Bibliotheca RFID Library Systems AG Switzerland : Implementing RFID in libraries for automation – experiences from over 20 current installations
7.3 Patrizia Musiu [abstracts/CVs and presentation slides (0.4 MB)], MDS Electronics, Milano: Integrating photocopies, printing services and control system in one card

Session 8 The librarian and the building process
8.1 Marie-Françoise Bisbrouck [abstracts/CVs and presentation slides (9.2 MB)], Library, Université Paris-Sorbonne ( Paris 4), Paris: From idea to reality: planning, the brief, the process
8.2 Karl Krarup [abstracts/CVs and presentation slides (0.9 MB)] , The Royal Library, Copenhagen : How to survive in the world of architects and building department
8.3 Eirin Haugen [abstracts/CVs] , University of Oslo Library : The librarian and the evaluation of a new building
8.4 Hermann Köstler [abstracts/CVs] , Zentralbibliothek Zürich: A new library – ten years after

Session 9 Coordinating activities, or: How to organize a project for a New Library
9.1 Bas Savenije [abstracts/CVs and presentation slides (4 MB)], Utrecht University Library: The librarian as manager of the processes towards a new library building
9.2 Alessandro Bertoni [abstracts/CVs and presentation slides (20.2 MB)], Ca’ Foscari University Library, Venice : The architect’s mask: the university project in Venice
9.3 Elmar Mittler [abstracts/CVs and presentation slides (54 MB)], State and University Library, Göttingen: The battle for good library buildings
9.4 Elmar Mittler [abstracts/CVs and presentation slides (0.1 MB) ], chairman of the LIBER Architecture Group, Closing Remarks


Leipzig, 2002 (11th seminar)

Leipzig, March 19 – March 22, 2002, with an optional excursion on March 23

The Effective Library – Vision, Planning Process, and Evaluation in the Digital Age

Seminar theme
The theme for the 2002 Seminar considered library planning and design in the context of broader strategic developments affecting teaching and research institutions. The programme reflected on the future role of university libraries, the planning process, and the relationship between librarians and architects. Special emphasis was put on post-completion evaluation programmes – what did reality do to your vision? Did the findings influence further projects? As usual, there were interesting presentations on the latest building projects from across Europe.
The seminar venue was the Leipzig Trade Fair in the outskirts of Leipzig, home of the annual Leipzig Book Fair that took place at the same time.
Among the speakers were G. Bulpitt, V. Robertson, S. Enright, M. Line (GB), F. Breahthnach, M.-Th. Varlamoff, Ch. Micol, M.-F. Bisbrouck (F), L. Borghetti (I), G. Lager (S), B. Lau, M. K. Frandsen (DK), E. Mittler, P. Hoffmann, B. Fabian (D), E. Chrzan, P. Pietka (PL), P.Lapa (BY), W. Treichler, D. McAdam, A. Goda (CH).
The contributions are published in LIBER Quarterly, 2002, No. 3

A documentation that presents 26 library building projects recently finished or just begun is available: for a list of contents, an example and an order form cf Publications

Warsaw, 2000 (10th seminar)

Warsaw, April 12 – April 15, 2000; Pre-seminar tour: April 10 – April 11
The Open Library – Financial and Human Aspects

Seminar theme
The theme for the 2000 Seminar reflected the trend towards open planning in the design of library buildings, and the conference included a number of case studies of recent buildings as well as papers which explored the ways in which human interaction is facilitated by building design. The seminar also examined the financing of building projects, drawing on the experience of a number of institutions of different approaches to this key area.

Seminar venue
The seminar venue was the new University Library of Warsaw at the banks of the river Vistula in the centre of Warsaw.

Among the speakers were W. Maciejewski, R. Rzesos, M. Budzynski, H. Hollender & E. Maciusko-Kobierska (Poland); A. MacDougall & P. Sheehan (Ireland); S.B.Larsen (Denmark); H. Salvesen, S. Nilsen (Norway); F. Berger, K. Kempf, L. Amlinski, H. Jouly, W. Schulz (Germany); G. Bulpitt, B. Cowan & I. Butchart (Great Britain); R. Dekeyser (Belgium); P. Pesch (The Netherlands); D. Skender (Croatia); V. Vohlidalova (Czech Republic); L. Lemos (Portugal); J. Puig y Batalla & D. Osuna Paez, A. Magre (Spain)
The contributions are published in LIBER Quarterly, 2000, No. 2

A documentation that presents 29 library building projects recently finished or just begun is still available: for a list of contents, an example and an order form cf Publications

1. New Library Buildings in Europe: Documentation 2010. Edited by Inken Feldsien-Sudhaus for the LIBER Architecture Group Seminar, Madrid, 12-17 april 2008, Universitätsverlag Göttingen, 2010

2. Building on Experience: Learning from the Past to Plan for the Future. Edited by Inken Feldsien-Sudhaus for the LIBER Architecture Group Seminar, Budapest and Debrecen, 8-12 April 2008, Universitätsverlag Göttingen, 2008.

3. Furtherance of academic excellence: documentation of new library buildings in Cambridge. Compiled by Alison Wilson and edited by Elmar Mittler for the LIBER Architecture Group, Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen, 2006.

  • Order the print version of this book (€32 + postage €4)

4. Changing Needs – Changing Libraries: documentation of new library buildings in Europe.
Edited by Elmar Mittler for the LIBER Architecture Group Seminar, Utrecht and Gent, 20-25 March 2006, Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek, 2006.

5. The Renaissance of the Library – adaptable library buildings: Documentation of new library buildings in Europe. Edited by Elmar Mittler for the LIBER Architecture Group Seminar, Bozen/Bolzano and Venice 15-19 March, 2004. Göttingen: Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek, 2004

6. The Effective Library – Vision, Planning Process, and Evaluation : Documentation of new library buildings in Europe. Edited by Elmar Mittler for the LIBER Architecture Group Seminar, Leipzig 19 – 22 March 2002. Göttingen: Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek, 2002

7. The Open Library – Financial and Human Aspects : Documentation of the new library buildings in Europe. Edited by Ewa Kobierska-Maciuszko for the LIBER Architecture Group Seminar, Warsaw 12-14 April 2000. Warsaw: The Warsaw University Library, 2000

1. The Renaissance of the Library : proceedings of the LIBER Architecture Group seminar. Bozen/Bolzano and Venice, 15-19 March 2004.

2. The Effective Library: proceedings of the LIBER Architecture Group seminar. Leipzig 19-22 March 2002.

3. The Open Library: proceedings of the LIBER Architecture Group seminar. Warsaw 12-15 April 2000.

4. The Multi-Functional Library: proceedings of the LIBER Architecture Group seminar. London 20-24 April 1998.

5. The Post-Modern Library between Functionality and Aesthetics: proceedings of the seminar of the LIBER Architecture Group. Paris 22-26 January 1996 (edited by Marie-Françoise Bisbrouck and Elmar Mittler).

Participating members of the Liber Architecture Group include:

Sylvia van Peteghem (chair)
Ghent University Library
Rozier 9
B – 9000 Gent
Tel.: ++32 9 264 3850
Fax: ++32 9 264 3852
email: sylvia.vanpeteghe[AT]

Alessandro Bertoni
Sestiere Castello 4977/A
I – 30122 Venezia
email: bertoni[AT]

Marie-Françoise Bisbrouck
41 rue de Verneuil
F – 75007 Paris
Tel ++33 1 4260 4133
email: mf.bisbrouck[AT]

Graham Bulpitt
Flat 24, Ravens House
Wadbrook Street
GB – Kingston-upon-Thames KT1 1HR
Tel ++44 20 8547 1254
email: g.bulpitt[AT]

Eva Dibuszova
University of Chemistry and Technology
Centre for Information Services
Technicka 5
CZ – 166 28 Prague
Tel +420 22044 3071
email: eva.dibuszova[AT]

Inken Feldsien-Sudhaus
Technische Universität Hamburg
Denickestrasse 22
D – 21073 Hamburg
Tel ++49 40 428 78 3004
Fax ++49 40 428 78 2527
email: feldsien-sudhaus[AT]

Edeltraud Haas
Bibliothek der Universität SG
Dufourstrasse 50
9000 St. Gallen
+41 71 224 22 71
email: edeltraud.haas[at]

Martin Hallik
University of Tartu Library
W. Struve 1
50091 Tartu
Tel.: +372 737 5700
Fax: +372 737 5701
Skype: martinhallik1
email: martin.hallik[AT]

Kira Stine Hansen
Copenhagen University Library
Sören Kierkegaards Plads 1 / P.O. Box 2149
DK-1016 Copenhagen K
Tel.: +45 91 32 46 66
email: ksha[AT]

Karen Latimer
Library Services and Research Support
Information Services
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN
Tel.: +44 28 9063 2501
email: k.latimer[AT]

Philippe Marcerou
Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de la Sorbonne
13, rue de la Sorbonne
F – 75.005 Paris
Tel.: +33 1 4046 3027
Fax: +33 1 4046 3044
email: philippe.marcerou[AT]

Elmar Mittler 
Niedersaechsische Staats- & Universitätsbibliothek
D – 37070 Goettingen
Tel ++49 551 391 0333
email: mittler[AT]
email: emittle[AT]

Ulrich Niederer
Zentral- & Hochschulbibliothek
Sempacherstrasse 10
CH – 6002 Luzern
Tel ++41 41 228 5310
Fax ++41 41 210 8255
email: ulrich.niederer[AT]

Marie-Pierre Pausch-Antoine
Responsable du Service des bibliothèques (BUL)
Université du Luxembourg
162 A. avenue de la Faïencerie
L-1511 Luxembourg
Bureau: Campus Limpertsberg, BC 3.01B
Tel +(+352) 46 66 44 6253
Fax +(+352) 46 66 44 6390
email: marie-pierre.pausch[AT]

Martin Svoboda
NTK National Technical Library
Technickà 6
CZ – 160 80 Prague
Tel.: +420 (232) 002 402
email: martin.svoboda[AT]

Past members:
Jordi Puig y Batalla (Spain)
Anne Haugen (Norway)
Liesbeth Mantel (Netherlands)

Digital Publications (free to download)

A number of publications are released in connection with the seminars. Many of these are freely available online as an open-access resource.

Below are all of the full-text documents or previews currently available in a digital form.

Work is ongoing to convert our entire printed collection into a searchable database. When complete, this new resource will be announced on the LIBER website. In the meantime, paper copies of all documents can be ordered via a print-on-demand service. See our full list of documents.