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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 Elma Mittler).
Venezia, part 1
Venezia, part 2

A documentation that presents 30 library building projects recently finished or just begun is available.

Questions? Please contact Sylvia van Peteghem, chair of LIBER’s Architecture Working Group.


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  • Monday, 15 – Tuesday, 16 March: Pre-Seminar tour in Venice

    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).

  • 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 Keynote speaker
    1.1 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

    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

  • 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

    Visit to the Ötzimuseum, South Tyrolean Museum of Archeology.

  • Saturday, 20 March

    Excursion to Rovereto (optional): 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.

The University Library of Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

The University Library of Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
Universitätsplatz 1
Piazza Università, 1
39100, Bozen-Bolzano

The European Academy of Bozen-Bolzano

The European Academy of Bozen-Bolzano
Viale Druso, 1
Drususallee 1
39100 Bolzano-Bozen

Ca’ Foscari University Library

Ca’ Foscari University Library
Dorsoduro 3246
30123 Venice