According to the new construction schedule, the renovation of the University Library (UB) will be ready in 2017. Nijverdal-based contractor Hegeman and BAM Techniek have been able to reduce the total duration of the work by combining sub-projects. ‘This new schedule is very good news for our visitors and staff,’ says Marjolein Nieboer, Director of the UB. ‘Students will be able to use the new, improved and more sustainable University Library sooner than expected.’
Everyone will be able to get a taste of the renovated UB from October, when the fourth floor – the first big sub-project – will be delivered. Hard work is currently underway there to realize the UB concept presented in the January 2015 Final Design
by AG Architecten. The Design will bring the UB more workstations, each with a power socket, super-fast WiFi, a better ventilation system and solar panels on the roof.
Following the opening of a Starbucks on the ground floor, the delivery of the fourth floor will mark the completion of the second big phase of the project. After that, the third floor (including Special Collections) and then the second will also be renovated. At the same time, work will begin on a new façade and ground floor entrances. By working on two fronts, it will be possible to gain a lot of time over the course of the whole renovation. The final sub-project will be the renovation of the first floor. Designs for the new entrance area and staff area on the first floor are still being developed.
As a result of the planned renovation of the third floor, the Special Collections will be stored in a vault from September 2015 and will be partly or completely inaccessible. Researchers, lecturers and students who would like to consult particular pieces are therefore advised to contact the University Library as soon as possible.
The whole renovation process will be spread across a number of years, so that the UB and most collections can remain open and accessible, and nuisance is spread more evenly over a longer period. In addition, heavy machinery is being used as little as possible during the day and during exam periods. The designs have been developed through collaboration between UB staff, student representatives and specialists from within and outside the University of Groningen. You can find more information about the renovation of the UB on
In our logbook you can watch photos of the renovation on the fourth floor.
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