The Olomouc Science Library moves hundreds of thousands of books from four depositories in seven different buildings located throughout the city to one big brand new in Olomouc-Hejčín. The Moravian division of OHL ŽS has been building it there over the past sixteen months. On Tuesday, March 26, the building was opened to the public. The day before, the building was also awarded an honourable mention in the Olomouc Region Construction Competition
The building has inter alia many enclosed stores with book shelves. The relocation started a few weeks ago and will take four months to move, a million and a quarter of volumes must be relocated. “The construction was not easy, it had specific conditions. Books must be stored at ideal temperature and humidity. That is why I am pleased to see how everything has been realized in time by all the parties involved,” said Director of the Moravia Division Jaromír Pelinka.
Professional books, magazines and other print materials will be stored in the depository – with a storage reserve of up to twenty years. “The science library has thousands of volumes that need to be carefully deposited to stay for future generations. The new depository fulfils all the conditions for taking care of these books in the best way possible,” said Pavel Šoltys, Deputy Governor of the Olomouc Region.
The largest part is occupied by storage space but in the front glazed area, there are premises for library staff, research rooms but especially for work on editing of book collections – restoration studios and digitizing and microfilming workplaces. The costs of the new depository exceeded 121 million CZK.