Roskilde University Library




The library is characterized by transparency and openness, and it forms one side of a new garden. The glass facades allow an excellent view of the garden, where a lake surrounds the library building.

The light and reflections of the trees in the lake add special character to the building, changing in accordance with the seasons. The library consists of a long, three-storey brick building and a distinctive glass building, in which a large part of the lending department is placed in an 8 meters high room of 2,300 m2. The room is connected with two floors of the long building, and the top floor is designed as a balcony in the open volume.

The intention was to design the largest volume possible for the lending departments to ensure a clear view and to give the daily visitor and the staff an experience of spatiality. The library contains open library areas, offices for the administrative staff, three classrooms, study hall and an exhibition area. The module of the large lending area is 9 meters, which ensures a high degree of flexibility for the arrangement of the bookshelves.

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Project facts

Project facts

Location: Roskilde, Denmark
Client: Danish Ministry of Education
Gross floor area: 7,600 m2
Year of construction: 1999 - 2001
Type of assignment: First prize in invited competition


  • Roskilde, Denmark


Senior Project Manager, Architect MAA
Phone: +45 8233 3003
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