Klaus U. Werner


Klaus Ulrich Werner

Resumé: Klaus Ulrich Werner (born in 1956) is a library director at the Freie Universitaet Berlin. University Degree in Library and Information Science, Ph.D. He served as Academic librarian at several University libraries of Freie Universität Berlin (1991-2000) as well as project manager for the “Philologische Bibliothek” called “The Berlin Brain” designed by Lord Norman Foster (opened in 2005), head librarian since then. He is member of the commission for library and archive building guidelines of the German Institute for Standardization (DIN). He has published various books and articles on library building and equipment and on library management and serves as consultant in various library topics, in particular library building, reorganization and change management. His latest publication is a book about “The Green Library. The challenge of environmental sustainability”.


International publications, papers, lectures & workshops
Libraries as learning space – and as a place, where everyone likes to be. National Library of Vietnam. Hanoi (Vietnam).
Restructuring the library: modern and contemporary techniques in redesigning libraries. 4th National Congress of Special Libraries of the Philippines. Baguio City (Philippines).
Bibliotheca sem barreiras – o acesso fisico, social e cultural. Bibliothecas – Seminário Internacional: O papel da biblioteca e da leitura no desenvolviemento da sociedade. Porto Alegre (Brasil).
A biblioteca como lugar de aprendiazagem no sécolo XXI. UFC, Fortalezza (Brasil).
Libraries as Green Buildings. Designing and managing an environmentally sustainable library in Germany. Low Carbon Earth Summit-2013. Xian (China).
“Dear Architect, …” – A Librarians View. In: European Libraries Now. WA World Architecture 273 (03/2013), Beijing: Tsinghua University. S. 18-19.
Good Library Space to Promote Information Literacy. BOBCATSSS-Conference “Turning Libraries ‘Inside-Out’. Ankara (Turkey)
Library as place in the digital age. 25th Congress of Librarianship of Brasil. Florianopolis (Brazil).
Werner, Klaus Ulrich, Hauke, Petra u. Latimer, Karen (Eds.): The Green Library. Designing and managing environmentally sustainable libraries. Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter Saur, 2013. (IFLA Publication Series 161).
Werner, Klaus Ulrich u. Hauke, Petra: The second hand library building. Sustainable thinking through recycling old buildings into new libraries. In: IFLA Journal 38(2012)No. 1, p. 60-67.
“Designing good library space to promote information literacy”. 78th IFLA World Library and Information Congress, Helsinki 11.-17.8.2012 [Posterpresentation].
June, 13th-15th: Innovation management in Libraries (Workshop), Goethe-Institute Taschkent (Usbekistan).
September, 19th: Sustainability in Library Building and Management. Pudong Library, Shanghai (China).
September, 9th: Secondhand Library Building. Tsinghua University, Beijing (China).
Shanghai (China).
September, 8th: Sustainability in Library Building and Management. Nankai University, Tianjin (China).
September, 7th: Sustainability in Library Building and Management. Capital Library, Beijing (China).
August, 18th: The Second Hand Library Building. Sustainable thinking through recycling old buildings into new libraries. 77th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, San Juan (Puerto Rico).
August, 10th-15th: Read more – search less. Posterpräsentation auf der 76th IFLA World Library Information Congress, Gothenburg [Poster].
July, 8th: Future-oriented new Library Buildings in Germany – Examples and Major Trends. Goethe-Institute New Delhi (India).
July, 3rd 2010: Future-oriented new Library Buildings in Germany – Examples and Major Trends. National Library of India, Kolkata (India).

Klaus U. Werner takes part in the 14th CNBA Day with a speech on Libraries as Green Buildings: Designing and Managing an Environmentally Sustainable Library in Germany.

Libraries as Green Buildings

Libraries as Green Buildings: Designing and Managing an Environmentally Sustainable Library in Germany.

Speaker: Dr. Klaus U. Werner
Head Librarian
Freie Universitaet Berlin, Philological Library, Dept. of Humanities, Germany

Abstract: The “Brain” is the striking metaphor given to the Philological Library at Berlin’s Free University designed by the world famous architect Lord Norman Foster. This does refer to its shape, its exterior and interior structure, which is an architectural consequence of building a library with low energy costs. The heating and ventilation of this kind of dome is cheaper than a rectangular structure because of there is less space, less cubic meters. For the Philological Library, a new energy-saving ventilation and temperature control concept was developed that allows natural ventilation of the building. In addition of a concrete core temperature control, there is no need of a traditional air conditioning with its high consumption of energy. The building was fitted with a double shell of aluminum panels and sun protection glass outside for this purpose (and an inner skin of white fabric), with the ceiling cavity thus created serving as an air supply and exhaust system: membranes on the interior of the dome, and air vents on the exterior. Depending on different weather conditions, certain sections can thus be completely opened or closed. This additional temperature control is carried out by means of a network of plastic pipes laid in the concrete shafts and the intermediate floor of the five levels of the building. Warm or cold water is conducted through them as required. The district heating network supplies the energy. The library is not only a spectacular “green” building, but a location with very good climate conditions – by low costs.