Posted by: bluesyemre | January 10, 2013

University of Amsterdam Library (A Library Designed for the Post-Print Era)

  • At the University of Amsterdam, Dutch designers Studio Roelof Mulder andBureau Ira Koers converted an existing 27,000-square-foot library into a massive study hall — without any visible books — to accommodate the 1,500 to 2,000 students who visit daily. Instead of stacks, the place is littered with workspaces. And instead of lending bureaus, it’s got a so-called red room: a space filled with more than 100 plastic red crates, where students can pick up books they requested online. (The university’s physical collection is stored in various closed repositories and book depots.) (Which is all well and good for collaboration, but what about making out in the stacks? Sigh.)

University of Amsterdam Library:


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