Some parts of the project have already started, among other things some books have been moved and some bookshelves have been sent for restoration. Recycling and restoration have been key words during the planning work, and as well as wanting to preserve the original idea of the building from when it was inaugurated in 1997.
The work of modernising the library began with a project to understand the students’ needs. The project showed that students see the library as an inspiring study environment, where proximity to books and librarians is important and contributes to the feeling of being part of the academy. A project group from the library has since collaborated with White Architects to develop a concept for the new interior.
There will be major changes during the renovations which will affect all the floors of the library. Among other things the journals room is being redesigned to better fit various happenings and events without disturbing the study atmosphere in the rest of the library. The glass wall facing Caffè Dallucci will be opened up, and the café will integrate with the journals room.
The computer workplaces on the first floor will be moved further into the library and make room for the journals and a seating area. The first impression of the library thus becomes more welcoming and one of the most beautiful places in the library will be used in a more fitting way.
The information desk will get a new design and a new location a little further into the room to enable longer guidance conversations. The self-service machines will be moved to where the current information desk is located and become more visible.
The changes will mean that there will be a more varied study environment with different types of furniture, better lighting and a more pleasant soundscape at the library.
Information will be available in the library and on the library's website during the renovation. Right now, there is a small exhibition with pictures in the library that shows what the spaces will look like after the renovations.
Find out more by visiting the library or their webpage: https://ju.se/library.html