Instead of the previous nine libraries on campus, there are now only three: the one dedicated to letters and the humanities is opening…
Instead of the previous nine libraries on campus, there are now only three: the one dedicated to literature and humanities will open at the beginning of the academic year 2023, the one in the Maison de l’archéologie will reopen in January 2023 and Rigoberta-Menchu opened its doors at the beginning of the 2022 school year and is already breaking visitor records: “Given the number of visitors since the opening, we expect between 250,000 and 300,000 admissions a year,” says Grégory Miura, Director of the Common Documentation Service .
Suitable for uses
Bordeaux Montaigne, winner of Campus Operation (a large government grant for the renovation of university buildings), wanted to use these funds to rethink the documentation and library rooms. “It was an opportunity to provide the university with a documentation project adapted to today’s developments and uses,” explains Grégory Miura.
“The university libraries are public and we wanted the space to be open to the outside”
It was necessary, while maintaining the same structure and still ensuring the continuity of the service, to create accessible and identifiable spaces for everyone, to extend the opening hours with different reception conditions (being able to work individually or in groups, making appointments, being able to organize events there ). “University libraries are public. Bordeaux Métropole and the region, which also played a key role in financing the site, wanted the space to be open to the outside world. »
Capacity of 500 people
Rigoberta-Menchu takes place on the ground floor of the University of Bordeaux Montaigne in Pessac, in a space that previously housed offices and classrooms. It houses a huge documentation platform of 2,500 m², 500 m² of storage space in the basement and can accommodate more than 500 people. Two entrances are possible: one is opposite the Montaigne-Montesquieu tram stop, and the south entrance leads to the amphitheaters and the campus car park. EDP systems and the open access collection are gradually being installed there. But “it’s not all there yet, because we’re using this project to switch from magnetic tapes to high-frequency chips like the ones you find in stores,” explains Grégory Miura. This allows us to set up kiosks specifically for book check-out and return, so librarians can focus on their support role. »