Since ancient times, “the library” as a cultural and social building is an autonomous building typology. “Reading” is essential for human development, learning and independent living. Books ignite the imagination and encourage creativity. In our day libraries do not claim anymore to collect an all-encompassing knowledge, they rather enable a broad access to education, culture and knowledge in diverse media types and languages. Away from metropolitan areas, library access, especially for children and young people, can be dif cult, wide city quarters and suburban areas can be only reached with mobile library busses.
The research project “Bibliobus Multimédia” was designed by students taking part in a class in the “Department of Interior Architecture and Design Basics” collaborating with the “Workshop for Prototype Construction” at the PBSA / HS D. After a year of preparation the bus was build in 5 weeks for the French Institute in Duesseldorf.The launch took place in November 2014. Since then the experimental mobile library visits weekly different cities in North Rhine Westphalia. The design concept was to create a bus with solely French media, where French and German readers would feel welcome.The bus is an important place for communication and point of contact for French speaking people, who live far away from home, and a networking location for Francophile Germans.The bus visits schools, kindergartens and,on a regular basis, multiple city libraries in NRW. It functions as a mobile ambassador for France and ful lls a representative function in special events of communities and other institutions in NRW- for example cultural events, the France festival and the annual Fête de la Musique.There are regular reading circles and movie presentations. The bus should be a moving “French island” within Germany. Constructed is now a prototypical bus with high sojourn quality.