July 5-9, 2015

International Association of University Libraries

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Networking & Social Programme

hannover-congress-centrum4The Get-together at the Hannover Congress Centre HCC will enable participants to get to know each other and to spend a few nice hours together. It will be held in the "Runder Saal" and on the terrace – embedded in the splendid atmosphere of the beautiful "Stadtpark", at the HCC everything you expect from one of the largest and most efficient conference centres of Germany awaits you. The venue is situated not only amidst greenness, but also in the centre of the city. The picturesque park, adjacent to the largest European city forest "Eilenriede", borders directly on the city. The HCC thus combines idyllic surroundings with best road links, transport services and city proximity.

You can get here easily: from the Main Station it only takes 10 minutes and good connections from the international airport ensure a quick arrival at the HCC as well. Make use of the first opportunity to meet colleagues from all over the world and enjoy this Sunday evening.

Car Park from A to Z on www.hcc.de

hannover-zoo-sambesiEnjoy the evening Welcome Reception at the barn party at Germany's most popular Adventure Zoo. The zoo accommodates over 3,300 animals of 247 species, and visitors (more than 1,200,000 a year) can watch shows and animals being fed daily.

You can look forward to the rustic ambience of a typical north German barn. You will also have the opportunity to become better acquainted with some of the zoo inhabitants. Hannover Adventure Zoo can easily be reached from the Hannover Congress Centre HCC by foot (approx. 1 km).



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iatul-konferenz-herrenhausenWould you like to get to know the many facets of Hannover? Discover magnificent buildings such as the New Townhall, the Old Town featuring picturesque alleys, and the green side of Hannover – the Herrenhausen Gardens. You can look forward to a varied tour of Hannover.

The tour of the city starts at "Opernplatz" in front of the Hannover Opera House – one of the most beautiful neo-classical buildings of its kind – at 10:00 a.m. and will finish at the Herrenhausen Gardens at around noon.

Herrenhausen Gardens are Hannover's most famous attraction, and have been a striking example of grand horticultural style for more than 300 years. The centrepiece, the "Great Garden", is the most important baroque garden in Europe and acts as a magnet for tourists from all over the world. You can enjoy the most various styles of garden art, antique sculptures and impressive water features.

The Herrenhausen Palace, now restored on the original site in the courtyard of the Great Garden, not only contains a modern conference centre for scientific events, but also the new Herrenhausen Palace Museum with changing exhibitions. Fully in the spirit of the polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, who lived and worked in Hannover for the last 40 years of his life.

Take your time at the Gardens – you can easily get back to the city centre by public transport: The local tram numbers 4 and 5 and bus service number 136 stop close to the Gardens, the stations are named "Herrenhäuser Gärten".

Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen

restaurant hugos hannoverEnjoy a wonderful evening at H’UGO’S. Featuring one of the most attractive covered inner courtyards in Lower Saxony, the exclusive, modern restaurant H’UGO’S is the ideal place to spend a summer evening. H’UGO’S features modern architecture combined with elegance and a Mediterranean style. The restaurant in the Ernst-August-Carrée, a 19th century palazzo, is located in the heart of Hannover, directly adjacent to the central railway station.


The first stop on this study tour day will be the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, where you will be given a guided tour of the library and the museum rooms. Together with numerous other collections, the books and manuscripts belonging to the library of Duke August the Younger form the core of the Wolfenbüttel research library. But the Herzog August Bibliothek is not just a library and research centre for the medieval and early modern periods, it also houses a museum that makes its history and collections come alive. The library's museum rooms are located in the Bibliotheca Augusta and the Lessinghaus.


The next stop will be the “Volkswagenwerk” in Wolfsburg. Here you will be given a tour of the plant, followed by a visit to the Autostadt.

To visit the Autostadt is to journey into the world of mobility. To date, two million vehicles have been handed over at this, the world's largest car delivery centre. In addition, this extraordinary automobile theme and experiential park has become a favourite excursion destination for young and old alike. Not only because all things automobile are brought to life here, but also because of its emphasis on cultural events and its reputation as an extra-curricular place of learning. Situated in 28 hectares of parkland, architecture, design and nature provide the framework for its many and diverse attractions. Year-round attractions include the “ZeitHaus” museum, which is home to the classic cars that have left their mark on automobile history, eight pavilions which house VW’s various car brands, and the all-terrain track. Art and films stimulate discussion and interactive research stations invite participation.


hannover-kuppelsaalA Farewell Reception will be held in the Congress Centre HCC to round off the conference, giving visitors time to exchange a few pleasantries and to say their farewells. Let's meet a last time in the "Runder Saal" and on the terrace – and let's make plans for the next reunion.


hannover-tibVisit the world's largest specialised library for science and technology.

TIB is the German national library for all areas of engineering, as well as architecture, chemistry, information technology, mathematics and physics. It provides national and international research and industry with literature and information.

A bus transfer will be available at 10:00 a.m. to take you from the Congress Centre HCC straight to TIB. Alternatively, it is easy to walk from the city centre to the library.

A special event in Hannover: Marksmen’s Fair 2015

The world’s largest Marksmen’s Fair will be held in Hannover at the same time as the IATUL Conference. The fair attracts over a million visitors to Hannover each year.

From 3 until 12 July 2015 everything in Hannover revolves around marksmen, racy fairground rides and party enjoyment for young and old.

Rocket Tower, Eclipse and Konga, Roue Parisienne, Wild Water and Snorter: the very names of the rides promise a wide diversity of pleasures, ranging from hightech excitement to nostalgic fun for the whole family at the 484th Marksmen’s Fair. No less than 13 big rides, some of which are appearing in Hannover for the first time, will ensure the ultimate kick and butterflies in the stomach.

And of course you can also find everything here that goes to make up a traditional fairground: smart marquees, some 50 stalls serving drinks and delicious snacks, shooting galleries and booths selling tickets for lucky draws will all do their bit towards creating that very special Marksmen’s Fair atmosphere on the 25-acre fairground.

The climax of the ten-day festival will once again be the Grand Parade of the Marksmen on the first Sunday, which traditionally processes from the New Town Hall through the city centre to the fairground.

More information (in German):
Schützenfest Hannover









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