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General Information

a name and address
1 Type of library university [University]
2 Name of library / Name of mother institution University Library of the Catholic University in Ruzomberok / The Catholic University in Ruzomberok
3 Address Hrabovska cesta 1034 01 RuzomberokSlovakia
4 Phone / Fax / Email (+421 55 68 36 159
5 Name of the director of the library RNDr. Sona Hlinkova, PhD.
6 Contact person for enquiries (RNDr. Sona Hlinkova, PhD.)
b population served
7 Current readership, number of registered readers 5 759
8 Number of full time students 4 392
9 Number of part time students 3 366
10 Number of staff in institution 675
c the old/original building(s)
11 Total floor area 2 473
12 Number of reader seats 194
13 Total capacity of shelving 3 906 linear metres
14 …in open access storage 2 731 linear metres
15 …in closed access stacks 1 175 linear metres
16 Number of library staff 18
17 Opening hours to the public 54

The New Building

a architect(s)
18 Firm A_Projekt, Ruzomberok, a02 atelier, Dolny Kubin,,
19 Project Architect Ing. arch. Stanislav Sutvaj, Ing. Jan Potoma, Mgr. art. Matus Bistan
20 Type of project
b aims of the new building
21 Short description of the main objectives and purposes of the project The idea to build new University Library of the Catholic University resulted from a necessity to provide a modern library and information services for the teachers and students of the university. As well as a spacious library located on the seven floors, there will also be University Archives, rooms for lectures and galleries. The building will also contain rooms to organize cultural and social events, publishing, literary and artistic club activities, media activities, quiet study rooms, a section for valuable items and a coffee bar. There will be more available books in open stacks, special archives, more readers seats etc. The library will not only serve lecturers and students of the Catholic University, but will also be open to the wider public of Slovakia. We believe that the new library will become the real heart of the University.
c special features
22 Site The University Library is built in such a way to create a winged block scheme of existing objects and supports in the long term the idea of a homogenous complex of the Catholic University and it gives the potential for a final urbanisation of the complex in the future. The new library is designed as part of university campus. Library completes the structure of the original building (now buildings of the Faculty of Arts an Education, Auditorium) from architect Skorupa. Campus will be enlarged by a new dormitory, auditorium, chapel and other university facilities.
23 Architecture The proposed building consists of two parts - horizontal 4-storey part for the public and the 7-storey vertical section for library administration. The main structure is of concrete frame. The outer facade is composed of metallic and glass surfaces. The building has disabled access and also the library services will be adapted to disabled persons.

Technical Information

24 Total gross floor area 9 265 m²
divided into
25 Open access services 4 000 m²
special rooms for (26-29)
26 Audiovisual 120 m²
27 Computers
28 Special collections 400 m² (historian Durica collection)
29 Seminar room(s) 300 m²
special activities (30-32)
30 Exhibition space 320 m²
31 Lecture hall 200 m²
32 Public refreshments 240 m²
33 Administration and staff areas 1 130 m²
34 Closed access stacks 110 m²
35 Circulations areas (corridors, stairs, lifts), toilets, technical rooms, etc. 1 800 m²
36 Further information 7 administration levels, 4 public levels, 1 basement (archives, technical rooms)
37 Number of reader seats (total) 570
divided into
38 Audiovisual 30
39 Computers 140
40 Seminar room(s) 150
41 Regular 250
b total potential capacity of shelving
42 Books and periodicals (total) 22 540 linear metres (790 000 volumes)
43 Open access stacks 5 400 linear metres (190 000 volumes)
44 Closed access stacks 17 140 linear metres (600 000 volumes)
45 Compact shelving 0
46 Audiovisual materials 0
47 Other 0
48 Number of staff required to operate the new library 21
c mechanical features
49 Ventilation/Air Conditioning air conditioning with automatic control and regulation
50 Heating underfloor heating combined with air conditioning, heat pump source and gas heating
51 Lighting main lighting - fluorescent tubes, additional lighting – downlights over the study places
52 Acoustics we expect low levels of noise in open study places; closed and group study rooms are designed for quiet study
53 Lifts, elevators, escalators 3 lifts for 10 people, 1 glazed panoramic lift in entrance place, 2 utility lifts
54 Book transportation system lift + manual hand truck
55 Theft detection magnetic chip in the book + detection gates
56 Building management system automatic control and energy management building, electronic fire alarm, automatic fire-fighting equipment in special archives, etc.
57 Type of IT infrastructure structured data cabling, about 900 possible connections (including about 400 in study places) + wi-fi
58 Other

Schedule Of The Building Process

59 Planning, preliminary brief 2005 - 2006
60 Architectural competition 2006
61 Period of project 2010
62 Opening of the construction work July 2011
63 Conclusion of the construction 18 months
64 Furnishing and moving the collections November, December 2012
65 Opening of the new building for public 12th December 2012

Costs (Including Taxes)

66 Site 400 000 €
67 Building 8 000 000 €
68 Furniture and equipment 2 500 000 €
69 Fees 50 000 €
70 Total 10 950 000 €
71 Operating costs
72 Funding (Type of commission and source of funding)

Publications & Awards

The New University Library
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