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New library in an old monastery

Trendsetting project in Wiener Neustadt

A city demonstrates how to combine science and public access in one and the same library. It was outfitted entirely by Forster. 

Since the autumn of 2019, the Municipal Library of Wiener Neustadt has been part of the new City Campus of the Wiener Neustadt University of Applied Sciences, which welcomes city residents and students to sit side by side in the reading room. The “Library in the Centre” has been installed in a former monastery of the White Friars and provided with library shelves by Forster.

Flexible and handsome
Fitting a library into ancient basement vaults was quite a challenge that called for an extraordinarily flexible shelving system. After all, the library shelves need not just to ensure order and neatness – they are a key feature of the interior’s layout. The goal thus was to find an aesthetically pleasing combination of beauty and functionality, in order to create a harmonious atmosphere for the whole location. One example of this endeavour is the children’s corner which was designed with a great love of detail. Its bookshelves fit smoothly against the roundness of the wall and hold books as well as games and audio books. The fiction section, on the other hand, required a completely different approach to flexibility. The stationary shelves are provided with moveable base so that they can be pushed aside to make room for public events.

Thanks to their fully matching modules and a wide range of accessories, FOREG® shelving systems will always come up with the perfect solution. The book trays are fitted to end panels coated in anthracite grey, thereby guaranteeing the full library feeling. Shelves with magazine bins make sure that newspapers are never out of sight of their prospective users. A shelf of drawers makes for order and method among the numerous audio books and CDs. The various components can be combined at will and retrofitted. As a result, shelves can be adjusted to changing requirements years after they were first fitted. 

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