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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 Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek Luzern – Standort UNI/PHZ-Gebäude / Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek Luzern
3 Address Frohburgstrasse 3, CH-6002 Lucerne, Switzerland
4 Phone / Fax / Email (P 041 228 77 57; F 041 228 77 67;
5 Name of the director of the library Ulrich Niederer
6 Contact person for enquiries (Tobias Schelling)
b population served
7 Current readership, number of registered readers 18 000
8 Number of full time students 3 300
9 Number of part time students 600
10 Number of staff in institution 900
c the old/original building(s)
11 Total floor area total 1 300 m², 4 sites
12 Number of reader seats approx. 200
13 Total capacity of shelving 100 000 books (900 000 in a storage depot)
14 …in open access storage 100 000
15 …in closed access stacks 900 000 (in a storage depot)
16 Number of library staff 21
17 Opening hours to the public 57,5 – 66 hours per week at the different sites

The New Building

a architect(s)
18 Firm Enzmann + Fischer Architekten, Zurich,
19 Project Architect Oliver Bachmann
20 Type of project
b aims of the new building
21 Short description of the main objectives and purposes of the project Centralization of 4 small-scale libraries to one big university library. Aims: Integration of the different holdings to one stock. Various styles of reading areas; reader seats for every 6th student; more open stacks. extension of the opening hours with a 24/7-access for university members.
c special features
22 Site In the city centre, close to the train and bus station, to the Kultur-und Kongresszentrum (architect Jean Nouvel) and to the Lake of Lucerne. The new, six-level building includes the whole University of Lucerne, parts of the college of education and the library. The library is situated on the first floor.
23 Architecture Rectangular plan, 120 x 55m with three atriums and a glass-roofed main stairway. Remarkable facade (planned as precast concrete panels; carried out as a aluminium construction with synthetic materials). Low ceiling heights (due to the structure of the building).

Technical Information

24 Total gross floor area 5 000 m²
divided into
25 Open access services Open space library. Separated rooms: reading room for PhD-students; reading room; 3 group study rooms.
special rooms for (26-29)
26 Audiovisual N/A
27 Computers
28 Special collections N/A
29 Seminar room(s) Several in the building, but none in the library
special activities (30-32)
30 Exhibition space N/A
31 Lecture hall Several in the building, but none in the library
32 Public refreshments Cafeteria and canteen at the ground floor (outside of the library)
33 Administration and staff areas N/A
34 Closed access stacks N/A
35 Circulations areas (corridors, stairs, lifts), toilets, technical rooms, etc. Whole building with 5 staircases; library only accessible via the main staircase., 2 lifts. Toilets in the library. Technical rooms in the minor floors of the building.
36 Further information 6 levels; library on the first floor; 2nd to 4th floor: offices and seminar rooms of the university; basement and ground floor: lecture rooms, cafeteria, canteen, post office, etc.
37 Number of reader seats (total) 670
divided into
38 Audiovisual N/A
39 Computers 18
40 Seminar room(s) 3 study rooms
41 Regular Approx. 640
b total potential capacity of shelving
42 Books and periodicals (total) 300 000 volumes
43 Open access stacks 300 000 volumes
44 Closed access stacks 0
45 Compact shelving 0
46 Audiovisual materials 400 volumes
47 Other 0
48 Number of staff required to operate the new library 23
c mechanical features
49 Ventilation/Air Conditioning Ventilation only - no air conditioning
50 Heating Ventilation
51 Lighting Ceiling lighting; some of the reader places with individual lighting
52 Acoustics Reading areas with baffles.
53 Lifts, elevators, escalators Situated on the first floor, the library is accessible via a stairway or a lift.
54 Book transportation system N/A
55 Theft detection RFID
56 Building management system For the whole building operated by the facility management of the university.
57 Type of IT infrastructure Multimedia 8, cat. 7; 1Gbit/s
58 Other

Schedule Of The Building Process

59 Planning, preliminary brief 2004 - 2005
60 Architectural competition 2005
61 Period of project 2006 - 2007
62 Opening of the construction work Dec. 2007
63 Conclusion of the construction Dec. 2007 - June 2011
64 Furnishing and moving the collections July/August 2011
65 Opening of the new building for public 03/09/2011

Costs (Including Taxes)

66 Site 30 million EUR
67 Building 64 million EUR (for the construction of the whole building: university and library; incl. fees)
68 Furniture and equipment 6 million EUR (for the whole building)
69 Fees see nr. 67
70 Total 100 million EUR (for the whole building)
71 Operating costs
72 Funding (Type of commission and source of funding)

Publications & Awards

Schelling, Tobias: Hier ging einmal die Post ab…. : Die Zentral- und Hochschulbiblothek Luzern in einem nachgenutzten Industriegebäude. In: Hauke, Petra und Klaus-Ulrich Werner (Hrsg.): Secondhand – aber exzellent! : Bibliotheken bauen im Bestand. Bad Honnef: Bock + Herchen, 2011. S. 60-73.

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