Parts of the construction of the University Library will be completed, starting in 2022, at the Binnengasthuis premises, at the Chirurgische Kliniek (Vendelstraat 2) and the Zusterhuis (Vendelstraat 8) buildings. Perhaps you have questions about the University Library construction, its design, the construction process or the construction schedule. These and other questions are addressed below. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please email email@example.com.
To encourage interpersonal contact and collaboration, as well as from a cost effectiveness perspective, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is concentrating teaching and research activities on four campuses. In addition, the function of libraries across the globe has shifted from a 'warehouse' for books to a venue for learning and meeting others. The new University Library will feature facilities that were unthinkable in the former library locations, such as study spaces and collaborative areas and rooms. There will also be an underground bicycle parking area. The entire open collection will be accessible at a single location.
The UvA is constructing the new University Library in the former Tweede Chirurgische Kliniek and former Zusterhuis buildings on Vendelstraat. This location was selected after staff and students had been consulted in an 'academic consultation' involving two options, the Oudemanhuispoort building or the former Binnengasthuis buildings.
The University of Amsterdam is clustering its buildings on four campuses. The final campus to be completed is the University Quarter. Each campus has a library. The University Library in Amsterdam city centre will serve the entire University of Amsterdam. The library plays an important role on campuses, acting as their symbolic heart, a place that encourages meeting and exchanging knowledge between the various disciplines. This is why it is so important that the library has a central place in the campus. In that light, the library on Singel is too far away from the Faculty of Humanities, which has lost its department libraries in recent years. In addition, the building on Singel is very outdated and unsuited to today's library functions.
The Faculty of Humanities will be housed in the other buildings in the University Quarter; a schedule of requirements (PvE: Programma van Eisen) is currently being drawn up for this. This will then determine which functions or facilities will be located where in the University Quarter. Read more about the campus development.
The new library will be housed in a former hospital. The building consists of three parts: the former Tweede Chirurgische Kliniek building, the former Zusterhuis building and a newly built section. The design preserves the existing historic building's character, while adding a new wing and a glass roof. The winning design is by MVSA Architects/Van Stigt.
The first phase of construction began in September 2018, involving stripping down the existing buildings and removing any asbestos, preparing it for further renovation and construction. In April 2019, work began on the new foundations for the University Library and on creating a basement in the Tweede Chirurgische Kliniek building, the former courtyard and the new building section. This is expected to be completed on 1 September 2021. Construction aboveground can then start, including restoration of the existing buildings and fitting out the interior and preparing for delivery. The University Library is expected to be ready for service in 2023.
Take a look at the construction schedule to see when the various construction phases are scheduled to begin and end. The construction companies will deliver the University Library in late 2022, after which the building will be prepared for use; the related schedule will be announced later in the process. The University Library is expected to be ready for service in 2023.
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is investing €77 million in the construction of the new University Library. The construction costs are included in the UvA's Accommodations Plan.
We are currently investigating whether it can be used as a temporary teaching location while the Oudemanhuispoort building is being worked on. What will happen after that is not yet known.
See the design page for more information. It also includes artist's impressions.
The new University Library will feature a collection spanning seven kilometres, 950 study places, 80 workspaces, spaces for small meetings, conferences, teaching and small exhibitions, a cafeteria and a bicycle parking basement. Find out more at function and facilities.
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There are various ways in which students and staff can engage in the debate and contribute to the development. Find out more at participation. If you cannot find the answer to your question on the web page or in the Q&A, get in touch with the University Library.
Information meetings on how construction is progressing are held regularly for local residents. Residents and entrepreneurs are invited to these in neighbourhood updates distributed to all addresses in the vicinity. Find out more about the neighbourhood updates and the meeting minutes.
If you have any questions, comments or complaints involving current construction work or any developments, please get in touch with the Area Manager.
It is impossible to avoid nuisance. The environmental and planning permit includes what is referred to as the BLVC framework (BLVC: bereikbaarheid, leefbaarheid, veiligheid, communicatie; i.e. accessibility, liveability, safety, communication). This is complemented by the supervision provided by the UvA's construction management (UvA-bouwdirectie). Traffic wardens will ensure the safety of residents, visitors and construction traffic when construction is taking place.
In addition to the neighbourhood updates distributed door to door and the campus website, the UvA has developed a special construction app trhat local residents and entrepreneurs can use to follow the construction work, ask questions and make comments. UvA area managers and the construction companies will answer to any concerns about agreements that have been made about such topics as the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and other road users. There is also a designated telephone number to report any emergency situations.
Local residents are requested to get in touch with the UvA area manager, Thomas Vernooy, and/or with the construction company's area manager. The contact details can be found on the contact page.
UvA students and staff can approach Thomas Vernooy with any questions. Specific questions pertaining to the University library can be asked via the project website for the University Library.