LIBER’s Architecture Forum 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”).

12:00 – 13:00 Registration
13:00 – 13:30
Opening: Welcome
Ulrich Niederer, chair LAG
Prof. Dr. Gunther Neuhaus, Vice Rector, Freiburg University

13:30 – 14.30 Keynote
Prof Martin Hoenen, University of Basel, Changing Libraries
14:30 – 15:00
Coffee break

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.

18:00 Reception  Peterhof, Freiburg University

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
Poster presentations

10:30 – 11:00  Coffee break

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

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch and Poster Session

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)

16:00 – 17:30 Visit to Freiburg University Library

19:00 Conference Dinner – Historisches Kaufhaus
Prof. Dr. Hans-Jochen Schiewer, Rector, Freiburg University: Welcome

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

10.30-11.00 Coffee

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)

12.00 – 13.00
Closing remarks

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 2014
Pre-Seminar: Library visits:
Vikki Campus Library
Meilahti Campus Library
Aalto Library and the Learning Hub at Otaniemi Campus, Aalto University


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


More Photos:

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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)


Budapest & Debrecen, 2008 (14th seminar)

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


Tuesday 8 April
Venue: National Széchényi Library, Budapest
12:00 – 13:00 Registration
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 (Chair: Ulrich Niederer)
Graham Bulpitt, London: Setting the scene: universities, libraries, and change
Marie-Francoise Bisbrouck, Paris: Evaluation of University Library Buildings in France
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:30 Session 2: Case studies in library buildings – then and now (Chair: Ulrich Niederer)
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
17:30 Guided tour to The National Széchényi Library
19:00 Reception at the National Széchényi Library
Wednesday 9 April
Venue: National Széchényi Library, Budapest
9:00 – 11:00 Session 3: Sustainable Architecture (Chair: Inken Feldsien-Sudhaus)
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
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 12:30 Session 4: Contributed papers (Chair: Inken Feldsien-Sudhaus)
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
12:30 – 13:15 Lunch
Poster session
13:15-13:30 Pierre-Yves Boulet, BRM Mobilier: Library furniture solutions
13:30 – 15:30 Session 5: Refurbishing and Reorganization (Chair: Graham Bulpitt)
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
15:30 – 16:30 Transfer to Budapest Public Library by coach
16:30 – 18:00 Coffee served at Budapest Public Library, followed by guided tours
Evening Optional program: Sightseeing tour by boat, including buffet dinner
Thursday 10 April
Study tour to Nyíregyháza and Debrecen
8:00 Travelling from Budapest to Nyíregyháza and Debrecen by bus
11:00 Arrival at Nyíregyháza. Pick up by coach
11:30 – 15:30 Visits to Public Country Library and College Library
coffee break and lunch break
13:30 Lunch break
15:30 Coffee break
15:30 Departure to Debrecen by coach
16:00 – 17:30 Visit to new County Library in Debrecen
18:00 Arrival by coach at hotels
19:00 Conference dinner at the University of Debrecen
Friday 11 April
Venue: University and National Library, University of Debrecen
9:00 – 10:30 Session 6: Lightning (Chair: Steen Bille Larsen)
Raymond Belle, Paris: How to highlight your library – the power of light!
Marina Vio, Venice: Lights, books and man
10.30-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-12.30 Session 7: The right questions to the Architects (Chair: Steen Bille Larsen)
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
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch and guided tours to Debrecen University Library
14:00 – 15:30 Session 8: Hungarian Libraries (Chair: Sylvia van Peteghem)
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)
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:30 Session 9: New Models (Chair: Sylvia van Peteghem)
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
Evening Free evening
Saturday 12 April
Return to Budapest by coach
08:00 Departure. Arrival at noon
Poster session in The National Széchényi Library: By open invitation

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

Registration for the pre-seminar at Gent University Library

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 (Chair: Elmar Mittler)

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

13.00-14.00 Lunch, poster session by architect Grazina Janulyte and library director Meile Kretaviciene, of the Kaunas University of Medicin, Lithuania, about a new University Library

14.00-15.30 Session 3 . Planning pricnciples (Chair: Elmar Mittler)

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

15.30-16.00 Poster session of Doris Dekleva Smrekar, about the new University library in Ljubljana (Slovenia)

16.00-17.00 Session 4 . Utrecht University Library (Chair: Tanja Notten)

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 (Chair: Steen Bille Larsen)

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

10.30-11.00 Poster session of Ana Alves Pereira, about the new Library-project of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal)

11.00-12.30 Session 6. Contributed papers on refurbished buildings (Chair: Steen Bille Larsen)

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 (Chair: Tanja Notten), 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 (Chair: Graham Bulpitt)
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

12.00-13.00 Lunch, poster session by Zdenka Dohnalkova, about the refurbished library of Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

13.00-14.30 Session 9 . Processes of Architecture competition (Chair: Graham Bulpitt )

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 (Chair: Ulrich Niederer)
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)

Saturday 25 March 2006 : Optional excursion to Delft and Amstelveen
10.00-11.00 Delft Technical University Library (architect: Mecanoo)
11.30-13.00 Amstelveen Public Library (architect: Hans Ruissenaars)
13.00-14.00 Free time for lunch, visit to the Cobra Museum of Modern Art (architect: Wim Quist), etc.
14.30 Bus from Amstelveen to Schiphol Airport (also train connections to Brussels) and to Utrecht

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 2004

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 2004

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

Afternoon & evening Visit of the Monastery of Neustift/Novacella: cathedral, library, and tavern;  visit of the University seat at Brixen/Bressanone: the Faculty of Education and the new library; Conference Dinner at the Hotel Elephant in Brixen/Bressanone

Friday 19 March 2004

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

Farewell drink

Visit of the “Ötzimuseum”, South Tyrolean Museum of Archaeology

Saturday 20 March 2004 : Excursion to Rovereto (optional)

Transport to Rovereto by bus
Visit to the newly opened MART¸ Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, and the City Library of Rovereto, in a remarkable new building by Mario Botta
Free time for lunch, then bus to Venice Marco Polo Airport – possible stops at Verona Airport and Mestre Railway Station

Pre-Seminar tour in Venice, Monday, 15 – Tuesday, 16 March
organised by Ca’ Foscari University Library, Venice

Ca’ Foscari University Library is in the process of an extensive building program. The overall idea is to consolidate the 32 libraries distributed all over Venice into five major sites. The two first libraries will be opened early 2004. We visited.

The “Biblioteca Didattica”. This Library is scheduled for opening in Spring 2004. Formerly a wood and carpenter’s warehouse
The Università Ca’Foscari di Venezia Library “S. Giobbe” (School of Economic). Housed on the ground and in the buildings of the former slaughterhouse of Venice , it is a daring but still unfinished project. The Library will be completed in fall 2004; the whole area is located on the western edge of the city
Other visits included The Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in S. Maria Formosa, which today is a library and a museum. Other sites: Fondazione Giorgio Cini on S. Giorgio Island, Biblioteca della Congregazione Armena Mechitarista on Isola di S. Lazzaro degli Armeni, the old library of S. Marco School (in SS Giovanni e Paolo).
cf. for the detailed program

A documentation that presents 30 library building projects recently finished or just begun is available. For a list of contents, an example and an order form cf Publications

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 Architecture Forum include:

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

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

Alessandro Bertoni
Library Consultant
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]

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

Dr. 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]

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

drs Liesbeth Mantel
TU Delft Library
Prometheusplein 1
NL – 2628 ZC Delft
Tel.: +3115 2784786
Fax: +3115 2572060
email: e.mantel[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]

Prof. Dr. Elmar Mittler (corresponding member)
Niedersaechsische Staats- & Universitätsbibliothek
D – 37070 Goettingen
Tel ++49 551 391 0333
email: mittler[AT]
email: emittle[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]

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.