Ten objectives of the project

Although the safety aspect was the initial consideration in launching the project, there are other reasons for a project on such a large scale. There are ten objectives, including the safety aspect:

1. extending the surface area to cover 30 000 m², thereby increasing the library's storage capacity and preparing for the natural growth of the collections in the coming years, increasing from the present 56 linear kilometres available to 73 linear kilometres;

2. increasing the number of works available for free access: before the removal, 30 000 documents were available for free access, whereas the target for 2014 is 200 000;

3. increasing the number of seated places: until now there have been about 500 places available for the public at the BNU, whereas the target for 2014 is 660;

4. rationalising the services for the public, particularly by gathering together all the reading rooms on a single site in the Place de la République building, leaving the other buildings (Rue Joffre and Rue Fischart) providing storage and office space;

5. modernising professional practices, particularly by using particularly effective technologies of the RFID type;

6. enhancing the library's assets by retaining two floors of storage space in one wing of the building as they are at present and by creating visitable reserve stacks;

7. developing better conditions for conservation;

8. developing tools for cultural action, with the creation of a 500 m² exhibition room and a 140-seat auditorium;

9. integrating the building on the Place de la République in an overall urban enhancement scheme, since it is one of the best examples of Wilhelminian architecture in Strasbourg and is a decisive feature in the application made by the City of Strasbourg for UNESCO classification.

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