Old Island Media Library

Mayor André Traband Street
03 88 90 68 10
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Location and access

  • Old Island Media Library - Frantisek Zvardon
  • Old Island Media Library - Frantisek Zvardon
The building was built in 1783 at the expense of the city, at the request of the Intendant of Alsace. This building is in Louis 16 style, characterized by straight, fine and well-crafted lines giving a nice impression of lightness and elegance. It was to be a large hospital for both civilians and soldiers.
However, while the building was not yet complete, a royal ordinance abolished the regional military hospitals. Despite everything, it served as a military hospital during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. It then acted as a begging repository (the equivalent of our current social SAMU) for the Bas-Rhin department. In 1822 the building was ceded to the Ministry of Justice which first installed a central house for women and then a penitentiary center for men until its closure in 1987. The city bought the buildings. In 1996, a University Institute of Technology (an IUT) was set up in the right part / while an important media library was opened in the left part, in 2001. Finally, know for the anecdote that before its transformation, this building served as the backdrop for the filming of the helicopter escape scene from the film “La fille de l'air” with Béatrice Dalle.

Practical information and services

Type of places to visit
Remarkable monument, house or neighborhood
Visit formulas
Free tour
Services (offered on the site)
Services offered
Workshops / educational rooms


Payment Method
Credit card


In the town / village center
Served by a regular bus / tram line