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General Information

a name and address
1 Type of library university
2 Name of library / Name of mother institution Universitätsbibliothek Mainz, Bereichsbibliothek Georg Forster-Gebäude / Universität Mainz
3 Address Jakob-Welder-Weg 12, 55128 Mainz
4 Phone / Fax / Email 06131-39 25664
5 Name of the director of the library Dr. Andreas Brandtner
6 Contact person for enquiries Roswitha Meuer
b population served
7 Current readership, number of registered readers 755373 [Library users in 2014]
8 Number of full time students
9 Number of part time students
10 Number of staff in institution
c the old/original building(s)
11 Total floor area
12 Number of reader seats 230
13 Total capacity of shelving 240.00 volumes monographs, 255 current periodicals, all in open stacks
14 …in open access storage
15 …in closed access stacks
16 Number of library staff
17 Opening hours to the public

The New Building

a architect(s)
18 Firm Kühnl + Schmidt Architekten BDA, Karlsruhe
19 Project Architect Jutta Becker-Lutzy, Landesbetrieb LBB Mainz
20 Type of project
b aims of the new building
21 Short description of the main objectives and purposes of the project The new building for the Social sciences links the Philosophicum with the Central Library and is an important milestone in the urban development of the Gutenberg Campus. This building complex, which bears the name of the Mainz naturalist and librarian Georg Forster, promises a sustained improvement of the limited conditions for research and teaching, to further develop and harness the great potential of the Humanities and Social sciences in Mainz.
c special features
22 Site The new building was built between the existing structures of Philosophicum and University Library. It was perceived as a connecting link in design and height.
23 Architecture The shape of the new building takes on the form of the atrium of the Faculty of Arts and supplements it with an elevated U-shaped structure towards Jakob-Welder-Weg. The connection to the adjacent building pursues the functional aspects of buildings usage.
The northern elevation of the new building received a brick facade similar to the facade of the Faculty of Arts. The elevated Seminar building facing the new central square received a hanging glass panel facade - in three shades of green.
The library is an "Open Space Library" with floor area of around 3,850 m² in two floors. The two levels are connected with an open space and also exposed to an inner green courtyard. "Latches" in different length and width characterize the design of the southern new building´s facade.
The roof over the open space of the library was designed with light bars (skylights) and planting bars.
This geometrically designed inner garden continues in the „graphical“ design of external facilities.

Technical Information

24 Total gross floor area 16300 sq. metres
divided into
25 Open access services 3850 sq. metres
special rooms for (26-29)
26 Audiovisual
27 Computers
28 Special collections
29 Seminar room(s) 7 group work rooms, 1 parents-children room, 1 training room
special activities (30-32)
30 Exhibition space
31 Lecture hall
32 Public refreshments
33 Administration and staff areas
34 Closed access stacks
35 Circulations areas (corridors, stairs, lifts), toilets, technical rooms, etc.
36 Further information
37 Number of reader seats (total) 420
divided into
38 Audiovisual
39 Computers 37
40 Seminar room(s) 66
41 Regular 317
b total potential capacity of shelving
42 Books and periodicals (total) 392000 monograph volumes , 452 current periodicals, all in open stacks
43 Open access stacks
44 Closed access stacks
45 Compact shelving
46 Audiovisual materials
47 Other
48 Number of staff required to operate the new library 15
c mechanical features
49 Ventilation/Air Conditioning Underground channel under the baseplate is used for the pre-conditioning of the outside air, and thus reduces energy consumption.
50 Heating Cooling in summer and heating in winter through a concrete core activation.
51 Lighting
52 Acoustics
53 Lifts, elevators, escalators
54 Book transportation system
55 Theft detection RFID
56 Building management system
57 Type of IT infrastructure
58 Other Rainwater is collected in an external tank and used as a service water.

Schedule Of The Building Process

59 Planning, preliminary brief
60 Architectural competition
61 Period of project
62 Opening of the construction work April 2010
63 Conclusion of the construction
64 Furnishing and moving the collections
65 Opening of the new building for public May 2013

Costs (Including Taxes)

66 Site
67 Building 53000000 euro
68 Furniture and equipment 1000000 euro
69 Fees
70 Total
71 Operating costs
72 Funding (Type of commission and source of funding) Rheinland-Pfalz state

Publications & Awards

Monika Hagenmaier: Aus vier mach eins! Der Neubau der Bereichsbibliothek Georg Forster-Gebäude. Wichtiger Schritt in der Entwicklung zur
BuB 65 (2013) 11-12, S. 784-787
Good Practice Energieeffizienz in der Kategorie „Gebäudebezogene Projekte“
Das Label „Good Practice Energieeffizienz“ vergibt die dena für Aktivitäten und Projekte, die zur Steigerung der Energieeffizienz und zur Reduzierung des Endenergieverbrauchs beitragen.

Plans & Photos

doctype: plan PDF document
caption: Architekten Kühnl + Schmidt, LBB Mainz, Basement Floor plan
copyright owner: LBB Mainz
doctype: plan PDF document
caption: Architekten Kühnl + Schmidt, LBB Mainz, Groundfloor plan
copyright owner: LBB Mainz
doctype: exterior
caption: Outside view from the southeast
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