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Everything You Wanted to Know About the Rolex Learning Center

rolexEverything You Wanted to Know About the Rolex Learning Center

The Rolex Learning Center is the celebrated campus hub and library for the Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne (EPFL). Located in Lausanne, Switzerland, it was designed by the architects of Tokyo-based design firm SANAA and opened its doors on February 22nd, 2010. Plans for the building began in December of 2004 with the naming of lead architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, two of SANAA’s partners. One could argue the Rolex Learning Center is merely one aspect of the esteemed brand’s many forays into the world outside watchmaking.

Strap on your new or used Rolex watch before walking through the library’s doors, with the building featuring some 500,000 printed works, one of the largest scientific collections on the European continent. The Rolex Learning Center also features four sizable study areas capable of accommodating 860 students; its office space makes it easy for over 100 EPFL and other employees to do their jobs.

Some of the other many features of the learning center include advanced systems for both book lending and research, 10,000 online journals, 17,000 e-books, a study center providing access to the library’s archives for postgraduate students, Language and Multimedia Center, and numerous teaching areas for lectures, meetings, group projects and more.

“The Rolex Learning Center,” noted Patrick Aebischer, President of EPFL,“exemplifies our university as a place where traditional boundaries between disciplines are broken down, where mathematicians and engineers meet with neuroscientists and microtechnicians to envision new technologies that improve lives. We invite the public into this space to convey the message that working in science is working for the advancement of society.”

Open from 7am to 12am seven days a week, the Rolex Learning Center offers an amazing opportunity for students to work and study.

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