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General Information

a name and address
1 Type of library regional [Regional public library]
2 Name of library / Name of mother institution Regional Library of Highlands / Vysocina Region
3 Address Havlíčkovo náměstí 87Havlíčkův BrodCzech Republic
4 Phone / Fax / Email (+420 569 400 499, +420 569 400 490,
5 Name of the director of the library Mgr. Veronika Peslerová
6 Contact person for enquiries (Ing. Jitka Hladíková,
b population served
7 Current readership, number of registered readers 6 646
8 Number of full time students 0
9 Number of part time students 0
10 Number of staff in institution 0
c the old/original building(s)
11 Total floor area 802
12 Number of reader seats 143
13 Total capacity of shelving 258 653 volumes
14 …in open access storage 75 009 volumes
15 …in closed access stacks 183 644 volumes
16 Number of library staff 37
17 Opening hours to the public 51 hours per week, 294 days per year

The New Building

a architect(s)
18 Firm htsA, Ing. arch. Ivo Herman, Ing. arch. Aleš Tomášek, Robert Seidl, Letenské náměstí 3, Praha
19 Project Architect Ing. arch. Ivo Herman, Ing. arch. Aleš Tomášek, Robert Seidl
20 Type of project
b aims of the new building
21 Short description of the main objectives and purposes of the project The main objective is to build, at one place, a modern library with complex services that reflect all readers´ needs. We want to offer maximum of our documents in an open access storage, more study capacity for learning as well as relaxation in a pleasant atmosphere. We would like to provide the public with a range of cultural and educational activities. The new library should become a meeting point and the centre of free-time activities during our extended working hours.
The vision is to build an open institution that offers wide range of services and that is a constantly developing unit bringing more information, cultural and educational opportunities to the public in our region. We will offer place for meetings of all kinds, we will enable access to a large fund of documents and new information technologies.
The main support will be brought by our professional staff. We will create a modern institution which meets the highest demands of our funder - the Highlands Region.
Slogan: Library - the most important place in your life.
c special features
22 Site Construction property for the new building lies near the centre of Havlickuv Brod and is currently used by a local County Hospital.
23 Architecture The new building is going to be a completely new construction. In its bottom part there is a street - a natural pathway from the centre. The level of this street creates a pre-entrance space followed by staff entrance leading to the lower floor.

The building is a 2-storey construction, partly placed underground and with a green roof. From the outside the building is formed by three glass walls: by southern side 2-storey façade with the main entrance, western side 2–storey façade with the staff /service entrance as well as garage gate, and the northern side1-storey façade office part of the building and a set of skylights in the green roof.

This concept limits the length of facades to an accessible scale - there are quite small houses in the library surroundings. It also minimizes heating loss, heating demands and the running costs as well as demands for other technical equipment.

Facades enable view overlooking the main reading space. Glass walls are possible to open and together with the skylights they allow natural ventilation in all directions.
Ground plan is in the shape of uneven trapezium.

After entering the building, visitor passes cafeteria and comes to the entrance hall with public PC area. The entrance hall serves also as an exhibition space. Light comes to this area through an opening in the upper floor. In the entrance hall there are educational rooms as well as lavatories and a cloakroom. To the western side of the building there is a garage on the ground floor and a technical room with a book stock.

Open access book space as well as offices are located on the upper floor – all area is evenly illuminated by natural lighting.
Offices are separated from the rest of the area by bookshelves and a glass wall. Despite the fact that the building itself is covered by soil from most sides, visitors have a visual contact with surrounding area from the upper floor too. Open free booking space is divided by a block of lavatories into eastern-busier and western-quieter part. This also affected librarian fund divisions.
The farthest part is a quiet study room.

Technical Information

24 Total gross floor area 5665 m²
divided into
25 Open access services 2200 m²
special rooms for (26-29)
26 Audiovisual 1 hall for 91 people
1 lounge - 70 m²
27 Computers
28 Special collections no
29 Seminar room(s) As in No 27. -1 computer study, 30 m²
special activities (30-32)
30 Exhibition space entrance hall 213 m², lounge 70 m²
31 Lecture hall As in No 26. - 1 hall for 91 people, 1 lounge, 70 m²
32 Public refreshments cafeteria 150 m²
33 Administration and staff areas 500 m²
34 Closed access stacks 530 m² , technical rooms 66 m²
35 Circulations areas (corridors, stairs, lifts), toilets, technical rooms, etc. 510 m² ( incl. machine shop 120 m², staff cloakroom 76 m²), car park for 50 cars (1150 m²)
36 Further information 2 levels
37 Number of reader seats (total) 335 seats
divided into
38 Audiovisual 91 seats in hall, 40 seats in lounge
39 Computers 12 seats in computer study, 20 seats in public internet area, 10 seats at computer searching catalogues
40 Seminar room(s) 12 seats in computer study, 40 seats in lounge
41 Regular 162 seats
b total potential capacity of shelving
42 Books and periodicals (total) 350 000 volumes
43 Open access stacks 5 258 linear metres of shelving in open access as projected
44 Closed access stacks 156 linear metres
45 Compact shelving 5 700 linear metres
46 Audiovisual materials
47 Other
48 Number of staff required to operate the new library 40
c mechanical features
49 Ventilation/Air Conditioning Air Conditioning with temperature adjustment of air mains, natural ventilation operated automatically
50 Heating Hot-water heating (radiators), the heating source is shared with neighbouring hospital
51 Lighting Natural even lighting all over the open-access space, fluorescent tubing
52 Acoustics
53 Lifts, elevators, escalators 1 public lift, 2 service lifts
54 Book transportation system no
55 Theft detection yes
56 Building management system yes
57 Type of IT infrastructure Planned CAT 6E
58 Other Outside blinds

Schedule Of The Building Process

59 Planning, preliminary brief
60 Architectural competition 2006
61 Period of project Project was finished in 2009
62 Opening of the construction work
63 Conclusion of the construction
64 Furnishing and moving the collections
65 Opening of the new building for public Depending on financing 2014 - 2020

Costs (Including Taxes)

66 Site 0
67 Building Financial estimate based on project: 204 M CZK (according to a financial situation in 2009) (8,2M EUR)
68 Furniture and equipment 0
69 Fees 0
70 Total 0
71 Operating costs
72 Funding (Type of commission and source of funding)

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