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The Executive Board of the University has been looking into the idea of bringing all the university libraries under one organizational umbrella – the University Library Zurich (UBZH) – since 2017. The project team “UZH Library of the Future” drew up a draft proposal establishing what services a new university library might provide, what form its organization could take, and what building or room changes would be needed by 2036.
This concept was then opened up for across-the-board consultation. On the basis of the results, the Executive Board of the University decided in May 2019 to create a single university-wide library, and set out the project’s aims and context. The core team thereupon wrote a project application through a collaborative process of workshops involving students, researchers and library staff. The steering committee and the Executive Board of the University signed off on the project application in the fall. Yesterday the Board of the University also gave its approval. The project will therefore now start under the new title “University Library Development Zurich”.
The key points regarding the project are given below:
Aim: The aim of the project is to create the conditions needed to establish a university-wide library. The University Library Zurich (UBZH) will bring the subject-related library collections under one strategic and organizational roof, taking into account the needs of the different disciplines and subjects.
First steps: The library needs of different faculties and disciplines and of students and researchers will be assessed. In this regard, the following questions need to be clarified in collaboration with staff and users:
Setting up operations: The preparation and implementation of operations will form the concluding phase of the project. The UBZH is expected to be operational by January 2022.
Various parameters of the future university library are already set: