Foundation stone laid for new university library and auditorium centre

Group picture: Three men and a woman with a roll of documents in their hands
On June 11, Saxony's Minister of Finance Dr. Matthias Haß, Minister of Science Dr. Eva-Maria Stange and the Rector of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht laid the foundation stone for the new university library and auditorium centre at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg.

Minister of Finance Dr. Matthias Haß. "The science location Freiberg plays a central role in international raw materials research. In addition to the new university library and auditorium centre, further construction projects will be completed in the next few years, including the Centre for Efficient High-Temperature Material Conversion. In total, the Free State of Saxony, the federal government and the EU will invest around 175 million euros in construction projects at the Freiberg Mining Academy in the coming years. This underlines its importance as the only resource university in Germany".

Science Minister Dr. Eva-Maria Stange: "Teaching and learning are changing in the digital world. Knowledge transfer often takes place digitally, but learning is best done in exchange with others. There is a great need for intensive communication and knowledge exchange, to which we also have to respond when planning buildings. I am pleased that the concept of the new library with auditorium centre for the TU Bergakademie Freiberg has taken up these new requirements in an exemplary manner. The building will provide exactly what is not to be found in the digital world: the personal encounter of students and scientists in a spatial environment that is stimulating and inspiring".

Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht, Rector of the Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg: "The new university library with auditorium centre is a very significant gain for us as a university on campus. The modern new building will offer our students plenty of space for learning and research in the future. The associated lecture theatres and seminar rooms can be reached quickly and thus optimally supplement the teaching and learning conditions."

Background:

A new university library and an auditorium centre are being built for the students of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg on an area of around 7,400 square metres. In addition to two lecture theatres with a total of 700 seats, the new building also houses two seminar rooms. From spring 2022, students will be able to use the new building, which replaces the almost 40-year-old library building in Agricolastraße. The new university library offers space for around 850,000 books, journals and other media, about a third of which will be freely accessible.

Total costs of 40 million euros have been budgeted for the construction project under the direction of the Saxon state enterprise Sächsisches Immobilien-und Baumanagement. The financing will come from funds freed up by the BAföG takeover by the federal government in 2015. In Saxony, these funds will be used exclusively for universities and university medicine.

The new building is part of the Freiberg "Science Corridor", which will better connect the Freiberg university campus and the city centre in the future. Since 2015, a new teaching and research location for the TU Bergakademie has been under construction in the Schlossplatz quarter of Freiberg as part of the district development project. The Faculty of Economic Sciences and the International University Centre of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg have already found their new home there. The construction of the new Centre for Efficient High-temperature Material Conversion (ZeHS) started in 2017. With the construction of the new University Library and Lecture Hall Centre, another important building block for the science corridor is now being realised.

Science Minister Dr. Eva-Maria Stange at her welcoming address
View of the building site of the new university library and auditorium centre.
Jörg Scholich lays the roll of documents in the foundation.
Rector Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht sealing the building