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Biblioteca/CRAI de la Ciutadella – Edifici del Dipòsit de les Aigües, Barcelona, Spain

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Name of the Library: Biblioteca/CRAI de la Ciutadella – Edifici del Dipòsit de les Aigües
Parent Organisation: Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Street Address: Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27
Postal Address:00005 Barcelona
Telephone : + 34 93 542 1709
Web Address: http://www.upf.edu/bibtic
Library Email: crai.ciutadella@upf.edu

Type of Library: Central/ Main Library
Population served: Universitat Pompeu Fabra community
Project Type: Conversion , Refurbishment
Size (square metres):14.850 m2
Date of Completion: 2003
Architect
– Josep Fontseré (1874, original building)
– Lluís Clotet and Ignacio Paricio (1992,  conversion project)

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Description
The Dipòsit de les Aigües is a building designed in the late nineteenth century to contain 10,000 tons of water on the top and outside, at a height of 14 meters above the ground. It was used to irrigate and supply water to the cascade of the adjacent Ciutadella Park. The interior of the building, elaborated as a large forest of columns and arches, had no specific purpose when it was designed.
The conversion as a Library space was based on these principles:
• maintain the appearance and structure of the original building, gaining surface with the creation of a mezzanine floor
• increase exterior lighting by opening skylights in the ceiling
• combine the modern equipment and facilities result of the conversion with the original quality of the building.
This combination of features makes the Dipòsit de les Aigües an ideal space for concentration and individual work for our users.

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Awards, case studies, further information
2009 Década Price (Oscar Tusquets Foundation) for the best architectural works built in Barcelona 10 years after its Implementation
Magre, Anna. From a Reservoir Building to the Main Library of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.  Liber Quarterly, vol 10 (2000), No 2, p. 266-278
Building history

 

 

Zentral- und Landesbibliothek / Central and Regional Library Berlin, Germany

Berliner Stadtbibliothek
Berliner Stadtbibliothek

Name of the Library:Zentral- und Landesbibliothek  / Central and Regional library Berlin

Street Address:
Berliner Stadtbibliothek: Breite Straße 30-36, 10178 Berlin
Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek: Blücherplatz 1, 10961 Berlin
Postal Address: Postfach 610179, 10922 Berlin
Telephone : 0049-30-90226-401
Web Address: http://www.zlb.de
Library Email: http://www.zlb.de/service/fragen-sie-uns/online-auskunft.html
Type of Library : Central/ Main Library, Regional Library
Population served: Berlin: 3,5 Mio
Project Type:  Conversion , Refurbishment
Size (square metres):
Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek (AGB): 2.500 qm (public), 7.500 qm (total)
Berliner Stadtbibliothek (BStB): 4.500 qm (public), 26.500 qm (total)
Date of Completion:
AGB: 1954, Conversion/refurbishment: 2013/214
BStB: 1968; Conversion/refurbishment: 2011/2012/2015
Architect:
AGB: Fritz Bornemann, Willy Kreuer

Description

Berliner Stadtbibliothek
Berliner Stadtbibliothek



The Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin (ZLB) is the largest public library in Germany. Two branches house our 3.4 million media for your use.

At the Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek in Kreuzberg you will find the humanities and fine arts, fiction, films, music, and the art library. Our children’s and young adult library is also located here, along with its learning centre.

Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek
Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek

The Berliner Stadtbibliothek in Mitte houses the subjects of natural sciences, medicine, and economics as well as the Senatsbibliothek Berlin, home of urban studies and law. The Berlin-Studien and Historische Sammlungen collections of the ZLB have their own reading rooms where you can peruse extensive collections about Berlin’s past and present.

As Berlin’s state library, it is our mission to collect all printed works, data, and sound carriers that are published in Berlin, as well as the official publications of the state of Berlin.

The Foundation of the Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin was created in 1995 out of the fusion of the Berliner Stadtbibliothek at Schlossplatz in the eastern part and the Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek at Hallesches Ufer in the western part of Berlin.

The ZLB is one of the most frequently visited cultural and educational institutions in Berlin. Future plans will hopefully consolidate the library at one location.

Awards, case studies, further information

2014: Themenraum-App (Topic-room-App): “Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects” from ALA “American Library Association”

2014: Innovationspreis digitab

 

Craigieburn Library, Hume, Victoria, Australia

Craigieburn Exterior Name of the library:  Craigieburn Library
Parent organisation:  Hume City Council

Street address:  Hume Global Learning Centre – Craigieburn
75-95 Central Park Avenue,  Craigieburn Victoria 3064
Postal address:  P.O. Box 119    Dallas Victoria 3047
Telephone:   61393566980
Web  :  www.humelibraries.vic.gov.au  www.hume.vic.gov.au
Library email:   libraries@hume.vic.gov.au
Type of library: Public library
Population served: 39,891 (as at 30 June 2014)
Project type:  new building
Size:   Total public access footprint: 3,338.5 m²
Total building footprint: 4,040.50 m²
Total library footprint: 1,072m²
Date of completion: May 2012
Architect:  Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT)

Craigieburn Interior Description
In 2014, Craigieburn Library was named ‘International Public Library of the Year’ at a prestigious awards ceremony in France.

The facility, located within the Hume Global Learning Centre – Craigieburn, was given the award over libraries from  England, the Netherlands and Denmark. The honour was presented at the annual International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) congress in Lyon, France and was sponsored by the Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects.

The committee of judges chose Craigieburn Library because it “distinguishes itself as a significant modern construction with a strong, recognisable architectural concept. With its open and flexible space, the library creates a democratic meeting place, open to diversity and interaction (and) is a good example of how Hume City has used a library to create a sense of belonging for all demographic groups as both a learning centre and gathering space for the city”.

The Hume Global Learning Centre – Craigieburn, including Craigieburn Library was a collaborative effort between Hume City Council and the architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp and provides a range of services under one roof. In addition to the library, there is an exhibition gallery, occasional care program, cafe, Council’s Customer Service Centre and a state-of-the-art training and conference facility. Craigieburn Interior 2 With a footprint of just over 4000 square metres, the centre incorporates the best of community facilities, the latest in technology, and advances in sustainable design. The building is a series of interlocking pavilions of varying height and scale. The two-storey central library reading space is flooded in natural light, while the lower ceiling of the children’s library creates a cosy area for little ones.

The facility uses locally-sourced earth as the primary building material, with rammed earth walls providing a natural transition from the ground into structure. The design provides a warm, friendly and sustainable facility that invites people to take advantage of the external shaded courtyards as well as the building interior.

The Hume Libraries service has been recognised not only for design excellence but for delivering exceptional services to our community. In May 2014, Hume Libraries was named Australia’s Favourite Library Service, receiving over 30,000 votes in a nation-wide search by the Australian Library and Information Association.

In September 2014, the Hume Libraries service was also the first public library in Australia to receive eSmart status. The eSmart initiative, developed in partnership by The Alannah and Madeline Foundation and Telstra, aims to increase cyber-safety and deals with cyber-bullying by changing behaviours. This means that Libraries’ staff can teach residents use technology in a smart, safe and responsible way.

Nearly 530,000 users visit Hume Libraries each year, and borrow more than 992,000 items. The Hume Libraries membership rate is 59.1% – well above the Victorian average of 49.1% – and proof that Hume City locals love their libraries!

Ruhnu Raamatukogu, Estonia

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Name of the Library: Ruhnu Raamatukogu
Parent Organisation: Ruhnu Vallavalitsus

Postal Address:  Raamatukogu, Saare maakond, Ruhnu vald, EE-93001
Telephone : +(372) 453 3833
Web Address: http://ruhnu.ee/raamatukogu-punkt/
Library Email: ruhnuraamatukogu@hot.eeType of Library : Small Community Library
Population served: 56

Photograph Andreas Hahn
Photograph Andreas Hahn

Description
I discovered this small community library on the remote Estonian Ruhnu island as a bicycle tourist on a trip of the Baltic states in the summer 2013.

Ruhnu covers an area of 12 km². There is only a road from the port to the village. Ruhnu has an interesting history and you can reach all  “sights” by foot in a day.

Photograph Andreas Hahn
Photograph Andreas Hahn

I reached the library in the afternoon. A sign indicated that it was closed at the moment. But outside was a table with two chairs in front of the entrance. So I sat down and used their free wifi hotspot as a window to the world.

 

Name of the Library: National Library of Ukraine for Children

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Name of the Library: National Library of Ukraine for Children
Parent Organisation: Ministry of Culture of Ukraine

Street Address: 60 Baumana St. Kyiv 03190
Telephone : + 444006587
Web Address: http://www.chl.kiev.ua
Library Email: library@chl.kiev.ua
Type of Library : national library, specialized library for children
Project Type:  New Building
Size (square metres): 4995 m2
Date of Completion: 1979
Architect: M. P. Budilovskiy, I.A. Zeitlina

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Description
National Library of Ukraine for Children is the main books’ depository in Ukraine. It is the national book depository of literature for children, scientific and methodical, informative and consultant center for the network of specialized libraries for children in Ukraine.

Short history of the library
The library was established in 1967 as a State Republic Library for Children for the coordination of the network of libraries for children. After the Act of Declaration of Independence of Ukraine (1991) the library got the status of the State Library of Ukraine for Children.  The library got a status of the national library with the Act of the President of Ukraine in 2003.

The National Library of Ukraine for Children was designed by a well-known artists and sculptors. The ceramic works: “The Fairytales of the World”, “The History of Books and Book Printing”, compositions dedicated to the history of music and handicrafts and other decorations made of grog and ceramic glaze were created by Olga Rapay (sculptor-ceramist, member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine); metallic forging and stained glass windows were made by Oleksandr Mylovzorov; handmade arras were made by Svitlana and Evgenia Kravchenko; the arch near the entrance door and the bronze sculpture of a reading boy were made by Boris Dovgan (member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine) .

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Today National Library of Ukraine for Children is a cultural, educational, upbringing, scientific and informative institution. It is the center of libraries’ and bibliographic service for children and teens.

The library has being the main depository of books for children for years. The collection contains more than 525 000 books, periodicals and audio- visual documents, over 20 000 users visit the library per year. The collection of rare and valuable books includes books and periodicals that children read in 19th century. The library offers readers more than 15 000 books in foreign languages. Among them are world-famous publishing houses «Enciclopaedia Britannica», «Dorling Kindersley», «Tessloff Verlag».

The library is a scientific-methodical institution for libraries for children of Ukraine. Its sociological department conducts local and state sociological investigations about modern readers’ interests, investigates information needs of children, teens and reading leaders in schools. Library service recommends the best samples of literature for children, forms a reading circle, it offers virtual servicing as well.

As a creative lab, the library holds events on Ukrainian and international levels together with the community, institutions and organizations that deal with the problems of upbringing and education of children. The library works with regional communities, with families and through the common families’ events employs parents to the process of organization of children’s reading. Library does a lot for informative and bibliographical assurance of educational process and works in two directions: for pupils and for teachers. Young readers can have a content leisure time in different clubs and studios.
Library improves informative and bibliographical work with the information technology.

Awards, case studies, further information

Blogs:
NBUshka– http://nbukids.wordpress.com/
BiblioTemaTV – http://nbukids.tumblr.com/
Malenkiy chytajlik – http://nbu4kids.wordpress.com/
Psychologist in the library – http://lesechko.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nbukids
VKontakte: http://vk.com/club29643823, http://vk.com/id235520837, https://vk.com/pusch2014
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHZlMOCX2tHv33UPVRqsWbQ/playlists
Instagram: http://instagram.com/nbu_for_kids

Edinburgh Central Library, Scotland, United Kingdom

Edinburgh City Library
Edinburgh City Library

Name of the Library: Edinburgh Central Library
Parent Organisation: City of Edinburgh Council

Postal Address: George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EG
Telephone : +441312428000
Web Address http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/libraries
Library Email libraries@edinburgh.gov.uk

Type of Library: Central/ Main Library
Population served: 450 000
Project Typ: Refurbishment
Size (square metres): 7140
Date of Completion 15th May 2014 (refurbishment)
Architect Lesley McMillan (original architect George Washington Browne)

Reference Library
Reference Library

Description
Edinburgh Central Library opened in 1890 and sits in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old and New Town World Heritage Site, only a few hundred yards from the Royal Mile and a five minute walk from Edinburgh Castle. It is 10 minutes walk from the City’s main railway station and sits on major bus routes. It is also one of a collection of cultural buildings in the area, including the  National Library of Scotland and the National Gallery.

The library incorporates 5 different sections – a Reference Library, Children’s Library, Lending Library, Edinburgh and Scottish Collection, Music Library and Art Library.
It is built on the site of the mansion of Sir Thomas Hope who was the King’s (Charles I) Advocate in 1626 and the library incorporates two lintels from the original building. Central Library is built in the French Renaissance style and bears a resemblance to some of the French chateaux of the Loire.

The domed ceiling of the Reference Library is the finest of its type in Scotland and the room remains almost as it was originally intended with built in catalogue drawers on the east wall and galleries above the book bays. The cruciform design makes maximum use of natural light. As well of being a place of quiet study, the Reference Library is used, outside of normal opening hours, as a venue for Edinburgh City Libraries’ popular events programmes. Author visits are filmed and are available online – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB648C8455E5B0C5A.

Children's Library
Children’s Library

We have also hosted the launch of the prestigious Edinburgh International Book Festival in our Reference Library.

The Lending Library is also exactly where it was on opening day although then the public were unable to browse for books and had to request items from a board listing titles – now it is the busiest lending library in Edinburgh and operates with four self service units.
The final original room was the News Room, which now houses the Edinburgh and Scottish Collection. This room was originally tiled all the way round, and a frieze of tiles has been retained on the main staircase. The tiles were specially made for the building and incorporate the motifs of the castle and anchor which symbolise Edinburgh.

The library has recently benefited from a refurbishment of the Edinburgh and Scottish Collection, the Music Library and the Children’s Library. This has resulted in a blending of old and new. The Music Library now boasts composing software and a digital piano, whilst the Children’s Library has been decorated by an award winning children’s illustrator.

As well as having a striking physical presence Edinburgh Central Library also underpins much of Edinburgh City Libraries’ online presence. The Capital Collections website makes the fabulous collection of prints, illustrations and photographs held in the Central Library available across the world, whilst Our Town Stories takes the collections a step further, allowing the user to explore Edinburgh and its stories more fully.

Awards, case studies, further information
Bookseller Library of the Year Award 2012

 

 

Vorarlberger Landesbibliothek / Vorarlberg State Library, Bregenz, Austria

Vorarlberg State Library.Convent and Castle
Convent and Castle

Name of the Library: Vorarlberger Landesbibliothek / Vorarlberg State Library
Parent Organisation: Vorarlberger Landesregierung / Vorarlberg provincial government

Street Address: Fluher Straße 4, 6900 Bregenz
Postal Address: Fluher Straße 4, 6901 Bregenz, Austria
Telephone : +43 (0) 5574/511-44005
Web Address: http://www.vorarlberg.at/vlb
Library Email: landesbibliothek@vorarlberg.at

Type of Library :Regional Library
Population served: population of Vorarlberg state and the nearby region of Lake Constance
Project Type: Conversion
Size (square metres): 3.860 m2
Date of Completion: 1986
Architect: Adolf Gaudy (Convent building and church 1907-1915)

Event Hall
Event Hall

Description
Vorarlberg State Library has been initially founded in 1904 as a library besides the Vorarlberg State Archive and reorganized in 1977 as an independent scientific library with universal alignment. Since 1986 the library is situated in its converted new location above the city of Bregenz on the way to Gebhardsberg hill with view to Lake Constance.

The modern made of glass entry is connecting the formerly two buildings from very different periods: the small gothic castle of “Babenwohl” with its origin back to the 14th century and its heydays in the 16th and 19th century, now used for administration, and the classicistic formerly convent building of the swiss Benedictine order from the very early 20th century, now used for the public library. St. Gallus´ Church as an important part of the convent is now containing the wonderful “Kuppelsaal”, a hall with a 36 metres high dome, now adapted for open access to thousands of books too and very popular for public events.

The main duties of the Vorarlberg State Library are to be an universal scientific library for the general public and the educational institutions in the region, to be the cultural memory and literature archive of Vorarlberg and the region around and a meeting point for longlife learning and different events.
The library is offering hybrid holdings containing manuscripts, books and journals as well as audio-visual media and all kinds of e-content. And the Teaching Library is giving lessons on informed society and on doing research to more than two thousand high-school graduates every year.