The Faculty of Education, Masaryk University in Brno opened a new library and facilities for five research institutions on Monday, 15 September 2014. Faculty students and employees can find both under one roof in the Centre for Research Institutes and Doctoral Studies on the grounds of the faculty at Poříčí 31.
The centre was opened symbolically, as is fitting for a library. A traditional tape-cutting ceremony was replaced by an entry in the commemorative book that will henceforth record visits by prominent guests at the faculty. Among those who wished the library a long life full of satisfied readers was poet Vít Slíva, who also became the patron of the new facility.
The new building significantly simplifies the life of both students and other visitors to the library, as well as institute employees. Due to the previous lack of suitable space, both had operated in cramped conditions, and, for example, in different parts of the library separately. ‘The project enabled the integration of all the research sources into a single modern complex. Students gained access to the full collections as well as electronic resources. Reading rooms and an adequate number of computers are available to students for their research and writing purposes’, said project director Jiří Němec.
The Centre was established thanks to a grant of CZK 140 million from the Research and Development for Innovation European Operational Programme. The library, the interior and colour of which were designed by art students under the direction of Petr Kamenický, occupies the basement, ground floor and the first two floors of the building. Faculty employees played a major role in creating the building’s floor plan, which will be greatly appreciated by students with disabilities, whose needs were carefully taken into consideration in the design of the facility. ‘The library is barrier-free, visually impaired visitors can find their way using guide lines, and we also have a seminar room with a round table that enables the hearing-impaired to communicate in sign language’, said Karel Pančocha, the faculty’s vice-dean, who also pointed out that the walls of the new library are adorned with a new collection of artwork by the faculty’s graduates and students.
The remaining two floors of the building house five research institutes. Researchers are engaged in the study of educational content, the impact of school reforms, the creation of the most effective textbooks and the matter of working with gifted students. Research is also being conducted on the causes of bullying and the creation of educational strategies for socially disadvantaged pupils.
GEMO OLOMOUC is the general contractor of the project.
Olomouc, 16 September 2014