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General Information

a name and address
1 Type of library university [General Science Library]
2 Name of library / Name of mother institution Universitätsbibliothek Mannheim / Universität Mannheim
3 Address Schloss Schneckenhof West, D-68131 Mannheim, Deutschland
4 Phone / Fax / Email +49 621 181 2940
+49 621 181 2939
5 Name of the director of the library Dipl. Phys. Christian Benz
6 Contact person for enquiries Katharina Rautenberg
+49 621 181 3018
b population served
7 Current readership, number of registered readers 18000
8 Number of full time students 12362
9 Number of part time students
10 Number of staff in institution 1604
c the old/original building(s)
11 Total floor area 19653 sq. metres
12 Number of reader seats 2012 [University Library total]
13 Total capacity of shelving 1940000 volumes
14 …in open access storage 776000 volumes
15 …in closed access stacks 1164000 volumes
16 Number of library staff 83 [82,5 FTE, without student help]
17 Opening hours to the public 108 hours/week, 306 days/year

The New Building

a architect(s)
18 Firm UKW Innenarchitekten, Krefeld
19 Project Architect Jochen Usinger
20 Type of project (Thorough redesign of the central reading room into a modern learning center.)
b aims of the new building
21 Short description of the main objectives and purposes of the project The central reading room, which already included a temporary group work zone has been transformed into a modern learning center. The aim was to create a place for learning, where the students could at any time find a most supportive and flexible environment particularly for collaborative, but also for informal learning, with the latest technical equipment. An important goal was to create as many different workspaces as possible by convenient zoning of the large space.
c special features
22 Site Central location on the suburban campus in the immediate vicinity of the central library and computer infocenter and of the busy area of libraries Schloss Schneckenhof South (Business Administration).
23 Architecture Rectangular ground plan, 1 level on the 1st floor in the east wing of the historical baroque castle. Ceiling height 5 m.Ceiling high windows with historical crossbar frames allow for natural light.

Technical Information

24 Total gross floor area 620 sq. metres
divided into
25 Open access services 620 sq. metres
special rooms for (26-29)
26 Audiovisual 17 so-called PalMa team monitors in the group workzone, 3 monitors for virtual textbook collection and 2 Smart boards.
27 Computers
28 Special collections
29 Seminar room(s) 25 sq. metres [Learning zones separated by high wooden walls as "room within a room", flexible furnishing without permanently installed Pcs.]
special activities (30-32)
30 Exhibition space
31 Lecture hall
32 Public refreshments 91 sq. metres [Lounge area]
33 Administration and staff areas
34 Closed access stacks
35 Circulations areas (corridors, stairs, lifts), toilets, technical rooms, etc.
36 Further information Break room with vending machines, and water dispenser adjacent to the new Learning Center.
37 Number of reader seats (total) 180 [150 of them in group work zone, 30 in lounge]
divided into
38 Audiovisual Electronic media can be accessed on PalMa monitors in principle from all seats in the group workspace.
39 Computers 2 fixed PCs, plus 50 tablets and 5 notebooks on loan. In addition, there are 20 laptops for learning/training use.
40 Seminar room(s) 20 [Chair desks available for 20 persons in the Training area.]
41 Regular
b total potential capacity of shelving
42 Books and periodicals (total) 1550 linear metres [Copies of textbooks from the collection as reference-only copy in "break room". Issues of general journals in lounge.]
43 Open access stacks 1550 linear metres
44 Closed access stacks
45 Compact shelving
46 Audiovisual materials
47 Other
48 Number of staff required to operate the new library No information because of connection with the university library
c mechanical features
49 Ventilation/Air Conditioning natural ventilation
50 Heating conventional
51 Lighting Full coverage dimmable ceiling lamps, floor lamps in additional lounge area, individually switchable lighting in „Cubes“.
52 Acoustics Acoustic ceiling, micro-perforated wood panels on fixed furnishing, partly 3.20 m high upholstered furniture, carpeting,
53 Lifts, elevators, escalators 1 lift
54 Book transportation system
55 Theft detection Magnetic stripes
56 Building management system Shading on windows, speaker system
57 Type of IT infrastructure Area covering WLAN, fixed LAN ports in „Cubes“
58 Other

Schedule Of The Building Process

59 Planning, preliminary brief 2012
60 Architectural competition
61 Period of project second half of 2014
62 Opening of the construction work January 2014
63 Conclusion of the construction 4 moths
64 Furnishing and moving the collections end of April/beginning of May 2014
65 Opening of the new building for public 14th May 2014

Costs (Including Taxes)

66 Site
67 Building
68 Furniture and equipment 440000 euro
69 Fees
70 Total 650000 euro [Furniture, Electrotechnical Equipment]
71 Operating costs
72 Funding (Type of commission and source of funding) Private donation € 3000

Publications & Awards

Annette Klein, Katharina Rautenberg, Jochen Usinger and Andrea Dombrowe (2014): Vom Lesesaal zum Learning Center.
Annette Klein, Katharina Rautenberg, Jochen Usinger and Andrea Dombrowe (2014): Vom Lesesaal zum Learning Center. Ein neues Raum- und Benutzungskonzept an der UB Mannheim. BIT online : Zeitschrift für Bibliothek, Information und Technologie mit aktueller Internet-Präsenz, 17, 4, 321-328.

Plans & Photos

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caption: Schloss Schneckenhof West, view from the inner yard
copyright owner: Universitätsbibliothek Mannheim
comment: The new Learning center is located on the 2nd floor
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caption: Inside the Learning center, double Cube with the PalMa monitor
copyright owner: Universitätsbibliothek Mannheim
doctype: interior
caption: Inside the Learning center, Lounge area
copyright owner: Universitätsbibliothek Mannheim
doctype: interior
caption: Inside the Learning center, mobile chairs and tables, Cubes, PalMa tables in the background
copyright owner: Universitätsbibliothek Mannheim
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caption: Groundfloor plan of the learning center and adjoining areas, UKW architects office
copyright owner: UKW, Universitätsbibliothek Mannheim