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General Information

a name and address
1 Type of library university [university]
2 Name of library / Name of mother institution Information Expertise Centre / Eindhoven University of Technology
3 Address Den Dolech 26512 AZ EindhovenThe Netherlands
4 Phone / Fax / Email (Phone: 0031402472360

Fax 0031402447015

5 Name of the director of the library Mrs J.C.M. Figdor msc
6 Contact person for enquiries (Mrs H.W.J. Deurenberg msc)
b population served
7 Current readership, number of registered readers 14 000
8 Number of full time students 7 655
9 Number of part time students 0
10 Number of staff in institution 3 274
c the old/original building(s)
11 Total floor area 5 842
12 Number of reader seats 408
13 Total capacity of shelving 312 197 books, 40 000 e-books, 429 printed journals, 15 040 e-journals
14 …in open access storage 171 474 books
15 …in closed access stacks 140 723 books
16 Number of library staff 56
17 Opening hours to the public 86 hours per week 355 days per year

The New Building

a architect(s)
18 Firm Ector Hoogstad Architecten,
19 Project Architect Joost Ector
20 Type of project
b aims of the new building
21 Short description of the main objectives and purposes of the project To create a building with facilities for the academic community of the TUE especially for students and for the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. The old W-Hal, the former technology hall of the faculty of Mechanical Engineering (cultural heritage) is renovated and extended to the new building called "MetaForum".
In the lower part of the building are the following facilities grouped together: University Library, Student Information Center, Notebook Service Center, Dictations Shop, Reproshop, Facilities for Honors Program (TUE program for excellent students) and the Common Room (facility for foreign students). There are various types of seats for visitors (study, relax, group rooms). The ground floor will offer 8 lecture rooms.
On the top is a separate building element for the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.
c special features
22 Site Location of the building: Campus of Eindhoven, University of Technology close to city centre. There is excellent access to the university by train and busses.
23 Architecture The unique spatial qualities of the existing W-Hall, such as the pleasant incidence of light through the "chessboard roof", will come into their own even more following the transformation.
Ingeniously concealed technology leaves the transparent and airy character of the former W-Hall building intact. As usual throughout the campus, the first floor forms the main traffic level, with corridors connecting it with the surrounding buildings. From this level, it will be possible to make a spectacular descent into the library below, which is housed partly in a new basement (under the existing building!).
An adventurous staircase leads up from the first floor to the (newly built) faculty of Mathematics & Computer Science, which will be raised above the hall by means of twenty slender columns. The faculty programme is compressed here into a very compact building, which is transected by a small but unique atrium to provide sufficient daylight. What appears to be a fairly closed facade creates a dramatic contrast between the fragility of the substructure and the massive metal "block" on top.

Technical Information

24 Total gross floor area 26 000 m²
divided into
25 Open access services 4 500 m²
special rooms for (26-29)
26 Audiovisual 115 m², room with 12 cabines and a central desk
27 Computers
28 Special collections are digital available
29 Seminar room(s) 668 m², rooms ranging from 65 to 140 m²
special activities (30-32)
30 Exhibition space 110 m² and 280 m² on the first floor, here is a special "computer floor" constructed for easy acces to electrical power and data access points
31 Lecture hall no
32 Public refreshments 116 m² canteen for food and (soft) drinks, lunches are served
33 Administration and staff areas 717 m²
34 Closed access stacks 6 500 m shelves in another building
35 Circulations areas (corridors, stairs, lifts), toilets, technical rooms, etc. 350 m² corridors, 150 m² toilets, 420 m² technical rooms
36 Further information the library is situated on 3 levels
37 Number of reader seats (total) 1000
divided into
38 Audiovisual 12
39 Computers 600 in the library
40 Seminar room(s) 8
41 Regular about 400
b total potential capacity of shelving
42 Books and periodicals (total) 4 300 open shelving and 6500 closed shelving
43 Open access stacks 4 300
44 Closed access stacks 6 500
45 Compact shelving no
46 Audiovisual materials 6
47 Other no
48 Number of staff required to operate the new library 49
c mechanical features
49 Ventilation/Air Conditioning Balanced mechanical supply and return of air. If necessary, the air is cooled from the WKO of the TU/e. (WKO=warmte/koude opslag = heat and cold storage).
50 Heating The substructure/downstairs/ground floor is heated with radiant heat. The superstructure/upper floor(s) are heated with forced hot air.
51 Lighting Individually adjustable lighting that is also day light dependent. Lights are turned on by hand. Lights will turn off when there is no more movement in the room. (motion sensored)
52 Acoustics Drop ceilings with absorption defined by use (prevention of echoing) and inner walls with acoustic insulation.
(i.e. Drop ceilings engineered to absorb echoing, and inner walls with acoustic insulation.)
53 Lifts, elevators, escalators Energy efficient elevators (5 units), operable from the security booth
54 Book transportation system no special systems
55 Theft detection RFID
56 Building management system LON-/GBS, a campus system
57 Type of IT infrastructure Cables: CAT 6A (for the departmen of Mathematics and Computer Science) and wireless with access points for students.
58 Other

Schedule Of The Building Process

59 Planning, preliminary brief planning started in September 2007, the construction in May 2010
60 Architectural competition In April - July 2007
61 Period of project July 2007 - Jan 2010
62 Opening of the construction work May 2010
63 Conclusion of the construction May 2010 - July 2012
64 Furnishing and moving the collections July - August 2012
65 Opening of the new building for public planned in Septembre - Novembre 2012

Costs (Including Taxes)

66 Site 2.5 M euro incl taxes
67 Building 43 M euro incl taxes
68 Furniture and equipment 1,5 M euro incl taxes
69 Fees 6.6 M euro incl taxed
70 Total about 55 M euro incl taxes
71 Operating costs
72 Funding (Type of commission and source of funding)

Publications & Awards

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