About the library

The Central Library presently holds approximately 816,000 volumes, thereof 3/4 in closed stacks and 1/4 in open access collection. The capacity of the reading rooms is 400 seats. The Central Library serves mainly the academic community of the faculty and the university; other persons have unlimited access to the holdings of the Central Library in the form of reference loans and inter-library loan service.

The building of the Central Library of the Faculty of Arts, MU

There were 14 design firms participating in the architectural competition held towards the end of 1997. The winning design was prepared by akad.arch.Ladislav Kuba and Ing.Tomáš Pilař, M. A. The public contract for the general contractor was won by IMOS.

Construction work started in November 2000 and was completed at the end of 2001. The library opened on 18 March 2002.

The building of the library is situated within a city block made up of heterogeneous development originating in the 19th and 20th century. It supplements and closes the premises of the Faculty of Arts and forms an interface between the territory of the faculty and the residential part of the block. As regards its surroundings, the building has been designed as a contrasting, simple structure – thus expressing its significance for faculty life and its specific mission. The entire structure is made out of monolithic concrete. Material conception of the interior of the building is based on a contrasting effect of the rough monolithic concrete construction and finishing elements – printed tempered glass, steel elements in powder colour, stainless steel, sharp colour accents of carpets and information elements. As an extension of the building, grading, window wells, pavements, greenery and petty architectural elements in the inner courtyard have also been designed.

The building has received the following awards

Grand Prix OA 2002 – main award
Union of Visual Artists of the Czech Republic Award 2002
Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic Award