Friday, 11 September 2015

IATUL Conference 2015 - Day 5 [Visit to TIB Library]



The morning was taken up by the opportunity to visit the TIB library, in the Leibnitz University, providing attendees with a fascinating insight into this internationally renowned library, and its services. Delegates were given an overview of the library, it's functions / mission and future plans, before a physical tour of the library. Of particular interest was the storage of materials both on and off site, leaving only current course materials and items borrowed in the last five year on the open stacks. This leaves the vast majority of the public space in the library available for study. Varied and flexible learning spaces were available on every floor. Group study, post graduate ‘office’ style rooms, and flexible instruction space were just the tip of the iceberg. We also got to see behind the scenes, with a trip to the basement to see the storage of rare materials, the scanning centre for document supply, and even the book elevator.

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