The central library of the Nuremberg city

After three years of reconstruction, the central library of the Nuremberg city library (Stadtbibliothek Nürnberg) has been reopened on October 24th, 2012. The so called city center library (Stadtbibliothek Zentrum) is situated in the historic center of the city of Nuremberg.

For the first time the new building offers the opportunity to bring together three main libraries under one roof that up to then had resided at separate places in the city:

  • the former scholarly city library with a continuous history of almost 650 years; the origins of the extensive collections of manuscripts and old prints can be traced back to the year 1370
  • one of the largest music libraries in Bavaria
  • the central library of the former public library

The city center library holds more than 700.000 different media. For the purposes of the library various adjacent buildings have been adapted:

  • the Luitpoldhouse (Luitpoldhaus), erected in 1911, destroyed in 1945, reconstructed in 1956 and again in 2012, now housing the music library, fictional literature and children´s books as well as a reading room and an exhibition room
  • the late medieval monastery of St. Catherine (Katharinenkloster), destroyed in 1945 and reconstructed in 1983, now holding non-fictional literature
  • a two-storied building connecting Luitpoldhaus and Katharinenkloster
  • five stacks, four of them underground

After the reopening, a brand concept has been developed. The following activities reflect the principle core values “tradition”, “service” and “innovation”:

  • learning center (Lernzentrum) placed in a prominent position in the city center library; it constitutes the connecting link between the center for adult education (Bildungszentrum) and the Nuremberg city library after their merger in 2011 to form the Nuremberg campus for education (Bildungscampus)
  • young library (Junge Bibliothek), a recreational library for young adults
  • group study rooms
  • reading room with 20 workplaces
  • exhibition room for the presentation of manuscripts and old prints in temporary exhibitions
  • RFID technology for borrowing media and a 24-hour-terminal for returning books
  • innovative technologies applied to the Luitpoldhouse to achieve passive house standards
  • WLAN in all areas accessible to the public
  • new fee model introduced on January 1, 2013, with renewal fees instead of an annual fee

The new city center library is a place of encounter and dialogue with more than 2.000 visitors per day. With its outstanding atmosphere it has become a popular meeting point for the old and the young alike.

We are looking forward to your visit at the 104th German Librarians’ Day (104. Deutscher Bibliothekartag) in Nuremberg!

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