Category Archives: Austria

Specialized Library Unipark , Salzburg, Austria


Andrew Phelps2011_5845Name of the Library:  Specialized Library Unipark
Parent Organisation: University Library of Salzburg
Street Address: Erzabt-Klotz-Str. 1
Postal Address: 5020 Salzburg
Telephone: 43662/8044/4927
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Type of Library :Special Library
Population served: Unipark library is a specialized university library for approx. 5.500 students, but it is open to and used by the whole university (students as well as staff) as well as the general public
Project Type: New Building
Size (square metres):  4.000 m²
Date of Completion: 2011
Architect: Storch, Ehlers&Partner
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The University Library of Salzburg is made up of several locations including the newly built and especially attractive Specialized Library Unipark. Its inventory comprises around 400.000 media on Romance Language and Literature, English and American Studies, Slavonic Studies, German Language and Literature, Linguistics, Educational Science, Art History, Music and Dance Studies.

The library consists of three different levels and is fully air-conditioned. The floor is made of black linoleum, interrupted by red carpets demarcating the work areas. The architects’ color concept of black, white and red dominates the interior design down to the smallest detail, for example the labeling of the book shelves. The library’s wide reading staircase and generous lounge area are used as event location and are the highlight of the library. Please see the attached pictures to give you a full impression of the library’s special charm.

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Apart from the architectural beauty of our library, the location of the library building is also noteworthy. Set right in the center of Salzburg’s picturesque Nonnberg district, breathtaking Alpine views and beautiful touristic sights surround the library. To mention but one: Unipark Library is in direct vicinity to Nonnberg Abbey, where parts of the famous _Sound of Music_ blockbuster film starring Julie Andrews were shot.

Unipark Library is also noteworthy for its innovative reading events: Especially popular books are presented and read from on a regular basis, usually by the authors themselves. These readings are widely appreciated by members of our University and the interested public.



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
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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

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.