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General Information

a name and address
1 Type of library public [public, town library]
2 Name of library / Name of mother institution Town Library in Soběslav / Město Soběslav/The town of Soběslav
3 Address Horní příkopy 76/23392 01 Soběslav
4 Phone / Fax / Email (+420 381 524 187, e-mail:
5 Name of the director of the library Mgr. Alena Fremrová
6 Contact person for enquiries (+420 381 524 187)
b population served
7 Current readership, number of registered readers 1 409
8 Number of full time students N/A
9 Number of part time students N/A
10 Number of staff in institution N/A
c the old/original building(s)
11 Total floor area 300 m²
12 Number of reader seats 30
13 Total capacity of shelving 31 000 volumes
14 …in open access storage 30 000 volumes
15 …in closed access stacks 1 000 volumes
16 Number of library staff 3
17 Opening hours to the public Tuesday, Thursday 9-18, Wednesday 9-17, Friday 9-15, Saturday (once a month) 9-12

The New Building

a architect(s)
18 Firm Ateliér Kročák – architekt, Riegrova 20, 370 01 České Budějovice
19 Project Architect Ing. arch. Jaromír Kročák, Ateliér Kročák - architekt, Collaboration: Ing. arch. Jana Rozkopalová Ing. arch. Petr Hornát, Ing. arch. Václav Čihák Ing. Tomáš Fuit
20 Type of project
b aims of the new building
21 Short description of the main objectives and purposes of the project The main aim is to preserve and improve the premises of a historic castle, which had been decaying for a long time and the condition had been critical before the revitalisation.
The revitalisation and new use of the castle is in accordance with the needs of the town and the region – the building of the town library meant that a new role had been found for the historical castle. The castle premises are re-incorporated into the town.
Improvements of the preserved structures in light of the historic preservation and its preservation for future generations without any considerable intervention in the listed structures, maximum utilisation of the existing structures for the new construction, possible future disassembly of the new entrance extension without any considerable intervention in the historical structures.
The historical structures and the walls of the castle are permanently exhibited as an artefact thanks to the all-glass walls and the ceiling of the library container – a permanent exhibition of the development and transformation of the castle.
Thanks to the revitalisation of its castle Soběslav has obtained a complex information, cultural and education centre with a regional function.
c special features
22 Site Historic center of Soběslav. The premises are connected with the main pedestrian zone from the Soběslav housing estates to the square in the centre of the town.
23 Architecture The main design criterion for reconstruction and extension of the castle in consideration of the chosen functional purpose is the author’s endeavour to connect the original premises with the new structures. This sets a limit for intervention in the existing historical structures. The temporary static safety measures in the form of rods and timber were replaced by a horizontal stiffening reinforced-concrete board built into the walls approximately in the middle of the palace wing. The board defines the floor of the inbuilt library “container” which might be disassembled and removed anytime in the future if future generations wish to change the premises and use them for different purposes.
The library container is both physically and technically separated from the existing wall and roof structures. The container is designed as an all-glass structure, the floor is complete with the required bearing capacity, the walls and the ceiling are all made of glass with sufficient distances from the internal face of the historical walls (with the distance of approx. 90 – 150 cm between the glass and the original wall). The container has its own “atmosphere” with minimum permanent humidity and temperature in the interior which is necessary for the protection of the stock of books, and the historical structures of the castle walls are, after construction of the container, still in the original “outdoor” setting with the original outdoor humidity and temperature parameters necessary for the stabilisation of the preserved building structures.
The reconstruction of the castle and construction of the library in the palace wing of the castle was completed in June 2010.

Technical Information

24 Total gross floor area 746 m²
divided into
25 Open access services 700 m²
special rooms for (26-29)
26 Audiovisual All services are available in the main library hall.
27 Computers
28 Special collections N/A
29 Seminar room(s)
special activities (30-32)
30 Exhibition space Exhibitions take place also in the main library hall.
31 Lecture hall 0
32 Public refreshments 0
33 Administration and staff areas 2 rooms
34 Closed access stacks 1 room
35 Circulations areas (corridors, stairs, lifts), toilets, technical rooms, etc. 2 lifts, toilets for staff, public and handicapped people
36 Further information 3 levels
37 Number of reader seats (total) cca 30 – 50 seats
divided into
38 Audiovisual 0
39 Computers 8
40 Seminar room(s) 0
41 Regular 30
b total potential capacity of shelving
42 Books and periodicals (total) 35 000 volumes is the library´s capacity, today it holds 28 852 volumes.
43 Open access stacks 28 600
44 Closed access stacks 252
45 Compact shelving 0
46 Audiovisual materials 0
47 Other 0
48 Number of staff required to operate the new library 3
c mechanical features
49 Ventilation/Air Conditioning yes
50 Heating yes - gas heating
51 Lighting general lighting
52 Acoustics
53 Lifts, elevators, escalators 2 elevators for people and for books
54 Book transportation system
55 Theft detection yes
56 Building management system yes
57 Type of IT infrastructure
58 Other

Schedule Of The Building Process

59 Planning, preliminary brief
60 Architectural competition 1998
61 Period of project 2001 - 2009
62 Opening of the construction work 2005
63 Conclusion of the construction 2005 - 2010
64 Furnishing and moving the collections 2010
65 Opening of the new building for public 2010

Costs (Including Taxes)

66 Site 0
67 Building 0
68 Furniture and equipment 0
69 Fees 0
70 Total 44,5 mil.Kč (1,8M EUR)
71 Operating costs
72 Funding (Type of commission and source of funding)

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