We celebrated 20 years of the new library building

Perhaps you attended the 20th anniversary celebration of the new building and experienced the library in a different way. Whether you've completed some of the twenty challenges or are now hearing about them for the first time, here's a recap of a special day when the library was turned a little inside out.

16 May 2022

Some of the challenges were playful - tossing a ball through a cardboard cyclops' eye, beating a librarian at Dobble, running a course with a programmable robot, or trying virtual archery. For others, you may have racked your brain trying to form the correct quote, crack a secret code or search for the full text of an article.

Other challenges were designed to give you an insight into the activities that library staff routinely undertake. You could test how quickly you can sort books in the right places on the shelves, try to put together a package of books for the lowest postage, run a slalom with a fully loaded cart, or what it's like to carry a backpack full of books up to the third floor when the elevator is out of service. Creativity was awakened by the challenge of composing an ode to the library and posting a photo on social media.

We didn't forget to refresh ourselves - one of the challenges was having a snack in the kitchenette. We roasted marshmallows in the usually inaccessible area behind the library in the afternoon. The late afternoon turned into a pleasant evening in the Reading Room for a reading session by Ondřej Herzán from his book Z Brna za sklenkou portského: aneb 3600 kilometrů po svých. You can borrow a signed copy from us.


We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did. We look forward to the next twenty years and the challenges we will face together.

“when all your thoughts
are just brainfarts
visit the faculty of arts
check out a book
or ask the staff
how to quote a paragraph
the only thing harder
than knowing how to start
is slaloming a book-stacked cart”

Ode to the Library | Anonymous Librarian

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