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General Information

a name and address
1 Type of library university
2 Name of library / Name of mother institution Stockholm University Library / Stockholm University
3 Address SE- 10691 Stockholm
4 Phone / Fax / Email +46 8 162800
+46 8 157776
5 Name of the director of the library Wilhelm Widmark
6 Contact person for enquiries Anne Järvinen
+46 8 162764
b population served
7 Current readership, number of registered readers 79142 [statistics from 2012]
8 Number of full time students 29448
9 Number of part time students 37496
10 Number of staff in institution 4932
c the old/original building(s)
11 Total floor area 24400 sq. metres
12 Number of reader seats 1048
13 Total capacity of shelving 42396 linear metres
14 …in open access storage 12864 linear metres
15 …in closed access stacks 29532 linear metres
16 Number of library staff 119
17 Opening hours to the public 69 hours per week, 328 days per year (2012)

The New Building

a architect(s)
18 Firm Scheiwiller Svensson arkitektkontor AB
19 Project Architect Inger Lindberg Bruce (Architect, Project Manager construction and interior), Pyret Paulander (Interior design), Lena Sjöberg Nilsson (Architect, construction manager)
20 Type of project
b aims of the new building
21 Short description of the main objectives and purposes of the project Stockholm University Library was designed by architect Ralph Erskine and inaugurated in 1983. Stockholm University has always been considered as a modern university in contrast to older, more traditional universities and the library building reflects that by its openness and comfort. Erskine designed the library to resemble an inviting living room with comfortable furniture, balconies to soak up the sun and a café next to the entrance. The concept of honour for Erskine was flexibility. No walls within the building, but movable modules in glass and bookcases built rooms within rooms within rooms.
Now, thirty years after the inauguration, the facilities will be renovated and adapted to the library’s new functions. New areas for group study will be added through reconstruction of the entrance floor. The worn-out carpet will be replaced on all floors and new equipment and better sound insulation and ventilation installed in group study rooms. The sense of open space is accentuated by the lighting design and by increasing the light intensity.
Workspace for staff will also be renovated and changed from cellular offices for individual work to flexible offices for several people, where collaboration on joint projects will be made easier. As the corridors disappear and the space is used more efficiently, more space with natural light will be freed up for student needs.
Architects at Scheiwiller Svensson arkitektkontor, the architectural firm involved in the renovation, have previously collaborated with Ralph Erskine. Their vision is to provide the university with a library that can handle future demands and to preserve and enhance Erskine’s basic concepts.
Erskine’s inspirational environment with light, space and interaction with the surrounding nature will be preserved. Modern, functional facilities that meet new needs will strengthen the library’s role as a central meeting point and increase the appeal of the already busy building.
c special features
22 Site The library is centrally located on campus and connected to the main university building.
23 Architecture Stockholm University Library was designed by architect Ralph Erskine after an invited competition and consecrated in 1983. The facade consists of precast concrete panels, with visible aggregates like wooden sections and low window strip. The facade towards the university building consists of brown corrugated iron with an arched roof. The main floor's windows are angled outwards and downwards. On the facade facing west there are some peculiar balconies facing south. Eaves and roof structure are made of stainless steel.
The frame is a deck of pillars of concrete cast in situ with a distance of 6 meters between pillars. The body is capable of carrying bookshelves in all parts of the building. Stairwells and elevator shafts of concrete stabilize the body.
All roof areas are drained by internal drainage.
All parts of the building are accessible to the disabled. Elevators have automatic doors which, like other doors have a width that allows the passage of wheelchairs. On each floor there are a number of accessible toilets and on three of the floors also rest rooms.
Energy consumption is measured per hour. Measuring includes heating, electricity and water consumption. Energy is generally bought from companies producing energy from renewable sources.
The building has fire alarm and evacuation alarm. Automatic fire-fighting equipment is installed in archives and partly in public areas.
Energy audits carried out in 2008:
The library building uses 79 kWh/m2 per year, 32 kWh/m2 of which is electricity.

Technical Information

24 Total gross floor area 24400 sq. metres
divided into
25 Open access services 9749 sq. metres
special rooms for (26-29)
26 Audiovisual Half of the group study rooms are equipped with a wall mounted screen as well as the training rooms.
27 Computers
28 Special collections 2500 meters. 1800 of these are the rare book collection housed in a room with extra security and regulated humidity.
29 Seminar room(s) 3 training rooms and 40 group study rooms including one allergy room and two for users with disabilities.
special activities (30-32)
30 Exhibition space 100 sq. metres [A flexible area for events and exhibitions serving as reading/group study area when not in use for exhibitions.]
31 Lecture hall
32 Public refreshments Coffee shop just outside the library entrance.
33 Administration and staff areas 680 sq. metres
34 Closed access stacks 8524 sq. metres
35 Circulations areas (corridors, stairs, lifts), toilets, technical rooms, etc. 435 sq. metres
36 Further information Five levels altogether, two of them are public levels
37 Number of reader seats (total) 1386
divided into
38 Audiovisual 160 [Half of group study rooms have a wall mounted screen (100 seats), and training rooms have 60 seats.]
39 Computers 120 [70 computer places for sitting down, 50 for standing]
40 Seminar room(s) 290 [60 places in 3 training rooms, 230 in 40 group study rooms including one allergy room, two for disabled users.]
41 Regular 1030
b total potential capacity of shelving
42 Books and periodicals (total) 42396 linear metres
43 Open access stacks 12864 linear metres
44 Closed access stacks 29532 linear metres
45 Compact shelving 17267 linear metres [included in 44]
46 Audiovisual materials
47 Other ca 30 m2 for maps, archives, works of art, various
48 Number of staff required to operate the new library No change to present.
c mechanical features
49 Ventilation/Air Conditioning Automatic controlled and supervised air handling units, with heat recovery, heating and cooling coils.
50 Heating A water-based heating system. Heat is supplied from a substation, delivered through underground pipes to heat exchanger in the building.
51 Lighting Main lighting: fluorescent tube, controlled by presence.
52 Acoustics Absorbent ceiling. Wall to wall carpet. Some areas have absorbent partitions.
53 Lifts, elevators, escalators Three public lifts, three service lifts.
54 Book transportation system No
55 Theft detection Yes
56 Building management system Automatic control& supervising of technical systems. Energy consumption measured per hour. Fire& evacuation alarms. Automatic fire-fighting equipment in most areas.
57 Type of IT infrastructure LAN 1Gbit/s WLAN 802.11n
58 Other Outside awning (blinds)

Schedule Of The Building Process

59 Planning, preliminary brief 2007
60 Architectural competition Not for the renovation
61 Period of project 2011-2014
62 Opening of the construction work June 2013
63 Conclusion of the construction End of 2014
64 Furnishing and moving the collections Collections repositioned as needed for the three phases/areas of renovation. Furnishing delivered from February till December 2014as the project proceeds.
65 Opening of the new building for public The library is open during renovation. Inauguration in February 2015

Costs (Including Taxes)

66 Site
67 Building 17045000 euro
68 Furniture and equipment 2109000 euro
69 Fees 250000 euro [Additional costs (ex moving collections)]
70 Total 1940000 euro
71 Operating costs 5400000 euro [Annual rent 3760000, approximately 5213000 after renovation
Running costs 117500
Total operating costs before renovation 3900000, after renovation approximately 5400000]
72 Funding (Type of commission and source of funding) Public funding, by Stockholm University

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Plans & Photos

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caption: Orientation plan
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comment: Library building in red.
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caption: West facade
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caption: Longitudinal section from east.
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caption: Cross-section from north
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caption: Plan of the entrance level
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caption: Plan of level 5, public level
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caption: Perspective of information and study area
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caption: Perspective of information area
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caption: Perspective of study rooms
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