For two months, an entire floor will be freely available to students. As part of the 'Library as learning space' project, all of the books and bookshelves have been removed from the Engineering and Computer Science Library (TWI 1). 'We all know how limited study spaces are at the Berliner Tor campus. Because the rooms will be empty until the renovation phase starts, the organising team came up with the idea of refunctioning the space,' says Ilka Hachenberg, head of the TWI library. 'By opening up these rooms, we want to give students a space that they can use freely according to their needs, especially before the examination period.' The pop-up library is open from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, Monday to Friday, and is freely accessible.
The space is currently divided into two areas: in the back of the pop-up library there are workspaces for individual and group work, while the front area has intentionally been kept empty. Here students can and should decide for themselves how they want to use the space. 'For us and of course for the "Library as learning space" project, it will be exciting to see how the space is used,' says Ilka Hachenberg. 'We are also asking students who use this space to share their opinions and their wishes as to what they would like to see for a learning space.'
The pop-up library will close again at the beginning of the semester holidays so that renovations for the 'Library as learning space' can start. The opening date for the new space is planned for the beginning of winter semester 2023/24.