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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 Central Library of the Politehnica University of Timişoara / Politehnica University of Timişoara
3 Address Romania, 300004 Timişoara, Str. Vincenţiu Babeş, nr. 8
4 Phone / Fax / Email +40.256.403122
5 Name of the director of the library Dipl eng. Erica Oteşteanu
6 Contact person for enquiries
b population served
7 Current readership, number of registered readers 13907
8 Number of full time students 11940
9 Number of part time students
10 Number of staff in institution 1355
c the old/original building(s)
11 Total floor area 2200 sq. metres [in the main building and 5 small branches of the Central Library, in different University buildings]
12 Number of reader seats 80 [in all branches]
13 Total capacity of shelving 8350 linear metres
14 …in open access storage 1129 linear metres
15 …in closed access stacks 7221 linear metres
16 Number of library staff 34
17 Opening hours to the public 50 hours/week, 337 days/year

The New Building

a architect(s)
19 Project Architect Sava BUGAR
20 Type of project
b aims of the new building
21 Short description of the main objectives and purposes of the project To move out from an old, not dedicated building which was totally inappropriate for library activities; to create suitable space in which to promote the typical 21st century innovative way to knowledge assimilation; to offer attractive space for study and work, with an increased number of the reading places, including group study rooms; to increase the book storage capacity and holdings in open stacks; to allowed a wide access to computers, audiovisual materials and electronic resources; to develop the documentation and research library services for the university staff; to create access for users with disabilities; to facilitate self-service loans and returns; to assure controlled access entry; to create exhibitions area; to improve staff working conditions.
c special features
22 Site The new building is situated in the central part of the city, in close vicinity of the University’s buildings
23 Architecture L shape plan, steel, concrete and glass construction, access for the Disabled, motion sensor light switches

Technical Information

24 Total gross floor area 8394 sq. metres
divided into
25 Open access services 2287 sq. metres [2287 m² open access services; 249 m² 24 hours access reading room]
special rooms for (26-29)
26 Audiovisual 148 sq. metres [on the 4th floor, consisting in furniture using space division; space usage for 6-10 students]
27 Computers 769 sq. metres
28 Special collections 191 sq. metres [for standards and patterns, considering the technical profile of the university: 60 m² controlled access to old books]
29 Seminar room(s) 98 m2, in 5 small groups study rooms
231 m2, in 26 study carrels for teaching staff
special activities (30-32)
30 Exhibition space 333 sq. metres
31 Lecture hall 102m² 2 distance learning rooms, 123 m² multifunctional room
32 Public refreshments 117 sq. metres
33 Administration and staff areas 538 sq. metres [situated in the basement and on ground floor]
34 Closed access stacks 1476 sq. metres [divided in two levels, basement and ground floor]
35 Circulations areas (corridors, stairs, lifts), toilets, technical rooms, etc. 1418 sq. metres [corridors, stairs, lifts, toilets; 250m² technical spaces; 34m² book store; 133m² parking space]
36 Further information 6 levels: 2 administrative and 4 dedicated to the public, housing the modern collections, and the IT space.
37 Number of reader seats (total) 814
divided into
38 Audiovisual 76
39 Computers 180
40 Seminar room(s) 77
41 Regular 481
b total potential capacity of shelving
42 Books and periodicals (total) 13736 linear metres
43 Open access stacks 2996 linear metres
44 Closed access stacks 10850 linear metres
45 Compact shelving 10850 linear metres [equal to 44 (all closed access stacks are equipped with compact shelves)]
46 Audiovisual materials 115 linear metres
47 Other
48 Number of staff required to operate the new library 64
c mechanical features
49 Ventilation/Air Conditioning See 50
50 Heating Supplied by the building’s own heating plant
51 Lighting Controlled by a Merten KNX/DALI system, integrated in the building power distribution monitoring system; special lighting on each desk.
52 Acoustics Sound system: Bosch
53 Lifts, elevators, escalators 2 lifts
54 Book transportation system 2 elevators, trolleys
55 Theft detection Anti-Intrusion system: Honeywell -Novar
56 Building management system Fire Alarm; Fire Extinguish; Voice Alarm; Access Contro; Data - Voice; CCTV; Power Monitoring System
57 Type of IT infrastructure IP network 800 Gbps traffic capacity (1Gbps access with 10GE uplinks); ubiquitous wireless: 802.11/a/b/g - efective bandwidth of 20Mbps
58 Other 3M RFID automated loan and return system, 3M RFID protection system

Schedule Of The Building Process

59 Planning, preliminary brief 2004
60 Architectural competition 2004
61 Period of project 2006-2013
62 Opening of the construction work 2006
63 Conclusion of the construction Internal management, realized by Civil Engineering Faculty staff, members of the library staff and the technical department of the University.
64 Furnishing and moving the collections
65 Opening of the new building for public October 2014

Costs (Including Taxes)

66 Site
67 Building 8233000 euro
68 Furniture and equipment 3190000 euro
69 Fees
70 Total 11476000 euro
71 Operating costs
72 Funding (Type of commission and source of funding)

Publications & Awards

Plans & Photos

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