Architecture for (self-) construction: the Versailles university science library

The new science library on the Versailles university campus, which opened two years ago, has proved a success, enjoying considerable popularity among users; it is a high-profile new design that has taken careful consideration of the building's structure, internal layout, and materials and fittings. The main issue at stake, aside from the important question of access to the collections, was to ensure the ongoing compatibility of the library's very varied range of functions, reflecting changes in library use by various user categories.