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New library building


In September 2010, the Government of the Czech Republic decided to cancel its financial support for the new building of the Moravian-Silesian Research Library in Ostrava. The Moravian-Silesian Region (the founder of the library) is not able to finance the building on its own, so it will search for a new solution.

The new building of the Moravian-Silesian Research Library in Ostrava, contributory organization will be situated ­opposite to the House of Culture at the 28. října Street. The Moravian-Silesian Region (the founder of the library) is an investor of this building.

According to its authors Ladislav Kuba and Tomáš Pilař, the dark and translucent cube symbolizes "a box of human knowledge". It is designed for 2.000.000 volumes which is a double of present number. The building will consist of 10 floors and offer the possibility to study information sources as well as to have a pleasant time. The library is supposed to offer 400 study seats to its visitors - all of them prepared for computer work.

After entering the library you will be welcomed by a librarian at the information desk. On the ground floor, it will be also possible for you to return books, visit an exhibition, spend some time in the café or find simple information on the Internet.

The basement will be visited by those who will attend cultural or educational programmes organised in the conference hall (for 100 people) or the classroom (for 30 people). Reprography and digitising services will be also available there.

The 2nd and 3rd floor will offer the open access to books published during last 10 years (about 150.000 titles), lending room and interlibrary loan service.

Current issues of periodicals (about 3.200 titles) will be displayed on shelves in the study and reading room (for 40 people) which will be situated on the 4th floor together with the general study room (for 90 people).

5th floor will include specialized study rooms divided only with book-shelves (it will make possible to change them according to users demands). Standards, patents and company documents will be offered in one of these special study rooms (with nearby stacks).

The study of electronic resources, of audio-visual documents and two privat studies (each for 10 people) are planned to be set on the 6th floor. This floor will also comprise search service, 10 seats for self-study of languages and 45 seats with headphones in the music department.

(The 7th and 8th floor will be used by employees of the library, stores of books will be situated on the 2nd and 1st underground floor).

Our users are supposed to have the possibility to return books also when the library is closed.

If you had any suggestions or questions about the new building, please send them to ptejteseknihovnysvkos.cz. (reference service).

Lea Prchalová,

director of the Moravian-Silesian Research Library in Ostrava, contributory organization

Presentation of Projects - Author Ing. Sameš

Architectural Competition

(public tender for the urbanistic, architectural, technical and operational design of the new building of the Moravian-Silesian Research Library in Ostrava)

The architectural competition was announced by the Moravian-Silesian Region on 30th June 2004. All the projects had to be submitted by 15th September 2004 and the results were announced on 15th October 2004.

Members of the jury:

  • Ing. Jiří Carbol (Vice-President of the Moravian-Silesian Region)
  • Ing. Zbyněk Stanjura (member of the Moravian-Silesian Regional Council)
  • PhDr. Jaroslava Wenigerová (Vice-President of the Moravian-Silesian Region)
  • Ing. Lea Prchalová (directress of the Moravian-Silesian Research Library in Ostrava, contributory organisation)
  • prof. Ing. arch. Miroslav Masák
  • Doc. Ing. arch. Milan Stehlík
  • Ing. arch. Zdeněk Jiran
  • Ing. arch. Milena Vitoulová
  • Ing. Martin Svoboda (director of the State Technical Library)

Substitute members of the jury:

  • Josef Figura (member of the Moravian-Silesian Regional Council)
  • Ing. Jiří Veverka (member of the Moravian-Silesian Regional Council)
  • JUDr. Eva Kafková (directress of the Moravian-Silesian Regional Authority)
  • Ing. arch. Zdeňka Vydrová
  • Ing. arch. Josef Patrný

Verifier of the competitive projects:

Ing. arch. Kamil Mojžíšek (City Authority of Ostrava)

Expert:

PhDr. Ladislav Kurka (Municipal Library of Prague)

Secretary of the competition:

Ing. Jiří Janča (Investment Committee of the Moravian-Silesian Regional Authority)

This public, one-stage and anonymous competition was announced to find the most convenient architectural and urbanistic solution for a new library respecting operational and technological requirements of this institution. It was set as a project competition - authors of the most successful project will create project documentation for the new building.

43 projects took part in the competition. 12 of them (No. 3, 7, 10, 14, 15, 17, 29, 30, 32, 38, 39, 42) had to be eliminated because of problems with their anonymity or non-performance of the construction specifications (such as minimum floor space for stores of books, exhibition place, entrance hall etc.).

The projects were assessed by these points of view:

  • compliance with construction specifications
  • quality of operational solution
  • quality of interior premises
  • technical solution of the building and investment costs estimation
  • economy of future operation
  • quality of architectural conception

Project No. 26 was honoured with the first prize, third prizes were awarded to the projects No. 16 and 25. The jury decided not to give the second prize because of the great quality difference between the winner and other projects. Special rewards were given to projects No. 31 and 43.

Lea Prchalová

Director MSVK

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