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General Information

a name and address
1 Type of library university [University library]
2 Name of library / Name of mother institution Akademická knihovna Jihočeské univerzity v Českých Budějovicích (Academic Library of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice) / University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice
3 Address Branišovská 31b370 05 České Budějovice
4 Phone / Fax / Email (+420 389 036 666
5 Name of the director of the library PhDr. Helena Landová
6 Contact person for enquiries (Helena Landová,
b population served
7 Current readership, number of registered readers 16 150
8 Number of full time students 13 300
9 Number of part time students N/A
10 Number of staff in institution 1 150
c the old/original building(s)
11 Total floor area N/A (there were several small libraries in different University buildings)
12 Number of reader seats 170 (in all libraries together)
13 Total capacity of shelving 250 000 volumes (in all libraries together)
14 …in open access storage 20 000 volumes (in all libraries together)
15 …in closed access stacks 230 000 volumes
16 Number of library staff 25 (in all libraries together)
17 Opening hours to the public 50 hrs/week (it was different in each library, at max it was 50 hrs/week)

The New Building

a architect(s)
18 Firm A+U DESIGN, České Budějovice,
19 Project Architect Ing. arch. Dagmar Polcarová
20 Type of project
b aims of the new building
21 Short description of the main objectives and purposes of the project The main target was to build new, excellently equipped central library for all departments of the university. The most important goals were:
- more holdings in open stacks
- extension of book storage capacity
- more reader seats
- special computer laboratory for information literacy lectures
- extension of the opening hours
- self-service loans and returns
- reception area
- entrance with access control
- access for users with disabilities
- improving working conditions for staff
- exhibition area
- library café
c special features
22 Site Library is located just in the centre of the university campus, very close to the most of other university facilities (rectorate, faculty buildings, dormitories etc.)
23 Architecture The architectonic design of the building reflects its function and spiritual character. The main construction material is gray walls – traditional, centuries certified element. Facades of the buildings will carry gentle relief in the form of "backs of books" used symbolically in the front of the library. Both buildings will have glass communication halls in the opposite fronts. After the university assembly hall is built, all the three structures will be connected with a glass corridor.

Technical Information

24 Total gross floor area 5 650 m²
divided into
25 Open access services 2 950 m²
special rooms for (26-29)
26 Audiovisual 59 m²
27 Computers
28 Special collections 137 m²
29 Seminar room(s) 0
special activities (30-32)
30 Exhibition space 584 m²
31 Lecture hall 0
32 Public refreshments 24 m²
33 Administration and staff areas 267 m²
34 Closed access stacks 811 m²
35 Circulations areas (corridors, stairs, lifts), toilets, technical rooms, etc. 285 m²
36 Further information 3 levels
37 Number of reader seats (total) 500
divided into
38 Audiovisual 40
39 Computers 60
40 Seminar room(s) 30
41 Regular 370
b total potential capacity of shelving
42 Books and periodicals (total) 750 000 volumes
43 Open access stacks 175 000 volumes
44 Closed access stacks 575 000 volumes
45 Compact shelving included in 43 (all closed access stacs are equipped with compact shelves)
46 Audiovisual materials 5 000
47 Other 0
48 Number of staff required to operate the new library 36
c mechanical features
49 Ventilation/Air Conditioning Air conditioning with cooling
50 Heating Central heating system with automatic control
51 Lighting General lighting combined with special lighting on each desk. The bright sunlight is reduced by the louvers in the windows.
52 Acoustics The noise is minimized by using sound baffle panels around the copy machines and printers.
53 Lifts, elevators, escalators 3 elevators (1 for public, 1 for staff, 1 for books)
54 Book transportation system none
55 Theft detection RFID tags for books in open stacks
56 Building management system Full-computerised house control
57 Type of IT infrastructure LAN (1 Gb)
WiFi available everywhere
58 Other RFID technology for self-services (check-in/check-out) and returned books sorting card operated access control system

Schedule Of The Building Process

59 Planning, preliminary brief 2002 - 2005
60 Architectural competition 2006
61 Period of project 2007
62 Opening of the construction work 3/2008
63 Conclusion of the construction 4/2008 - 7/2009
64 Furnishing and moving the collections 8/2009 - 11/2009
65 Opening of the new building for public 13. 1. 2010

Costs (Including Taxes)

66 Site No fee, site is the property of University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice
67 Building N/A
68 Furniture and equipment N/A
69 Fees N/A
70 Total 170 000 000 Czech Crowns (6.800.000 EUR)
71 Operating costs
72 Funding (Type of commission and source of funding)

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