The construction of The Asian Library on the roof of the University Library is progressing steadily. The original row of merlons has been sawn off during the summer, the Asian Library’s roof is in place and the future conservatory for the Asian garden is taking shape. Right now, the frames that will hold the glass facades are being put in place.
Throughout 2017 Leiden will be the leading centre for Asia in terms of research, teaching, collections and expertise. The Leiden Asia Year was prompted by the building of The Asian Library on the roof of the University Library, which will be opened in September 2017. Leiden University, the municipality of Leiden and cultural partners are all committed to making this year a success.
Read more about the Leiden Asia Year initiative and the launch of the new website www.leidenasiayear.nl during the opening of Leiden University’s academic year on 5 September 2016.
The KITLV reference library is moved from the open stacks on floor -1 to the Noordhal’s ground floor. This measure is taken to create space for the material of the East Asian Library that is being brought in from the Arsenaal building for the Asian Library. The latter is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017.
At this moment we are finalizing the relocation of the collections from the stacks of the East Asian Library (EAL) into the closed stacks of the University Library. A few exceptions aside, such as the reference collection, microfilms, and redundant collections, the complete EAL collections will be moved into the closed stacks of the University Library by the end of August. Between September 2016 and February 2017 a part of the collection (2.500 m) will be reshelved into the open stacks on the minus 1 level of the University Library. The collection will be placed according to the Library of Congress Classification. The reference collection will ultimately be housed in the newly-constructed Asian Library in April 2017.
We will make sure all of the collections will remain available during these operations. After the move of the EAL collections into the University Library, the materials can easily be requested and delivered to the Arsenaal, the University Library, or any other library location. In the University Library the requested materials will be available within one hour and can be collected from the book lockers. Delivery to other library locations will be once a day. Due to the ongoing reshelving of the collections, there may be some delay in delivery times.
At the Arsenaal the study area -including the reference collection, teacher shelves, and information desk- will remain available until the Asian Library opens in April 2017. The reference collection will be moved as soon as the new Asian Library is ready for use. The subject librarians will remain in their offices at the Arsenaal until that date as well.
Leiden University Libraries (UBL) has donated over 3000 historic photographs and prints on the Dutch East Indies, China, Japan, Singapore and Suriname to Wikimedia Commons, the image database of Wikipedia. The images are part the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) collection, which is conserved by the UBL. The upload of the images was done by Wikipedian Hans Muller.
Besides images from the Dutch East Indies, the donation also includes pictures from China, Japan, Singapore and Suriname. Material such as watercolors depicting various Surinamese populations created by Father Borret, photos of nineteenth century Japan by pioneer photographer Felice Beato and photographs made by the famous photographic studio Lambert & Co. in Singapore.
The pictures were already available through the UBL and KITLV, but with the donation to Wikimedia the historical material is now also online in the public domain. This means that everyone is allowed to use the pictures for free. The user can also improve the descriptions and make additions. One year ago, 2400 Asian historical photographs were added by UBL to Wikimedia.
The donated images are available through Wikimedia Commons. The search can be done in Dutch as well English. It’s also possible to search on KITLV, preferably followed by a geographical location, name of photographer or subject.
With a firm wallop on a Javanese gong University Librarian Kurt De Belder marked the start of the construction of the Asian Library on Monday June 20. Building will last until December 2016. The Asian Library will be officially opened in September 2017.
As of June 2016, Leiden University Libraries has become an official Hub Library Member of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea Library.
The LTI Korea Library began in 2001 as a reference room and in 2007 was opened as a library specialized on translation. The Library holds translations of Korean literary and cultural materials in 33 languages, offers information on Korean authors and activities on Korean literature overseas, and has launched an E-library with the Korean Literature Multilingual Archive online in 2015.
The overseas Hub Library Members Program was implemented in 2012, and has since then seen its ranks increase up to 56 member institutions on 30 countries as of this year.
Leiden University Libraries has become an official member of 2016 alongside the Harvard-Yenching Library, Duke University Libraries and the University of Washington Library. On the 26th of May the Library has received its first donation of 50 items, consisting of Korean literature translated to Dutch and English, and DVD material on Korean literature and culture.
The relocation of the East Asian Library from the Arsenaal to the University Library is now in full swing. In total, 12 kilometers of collections will be moved. The relocation should be finished by mid-August.
The construction of the Asian Library on top of the University Library has begun. To inform the public we have placed an Asian Library billboard on the roof. For our visitors, we have also created a special Asian Library information stand in the main hall of the library. Here you will find beautiful artist’s impressions of the Asian Library’s design, an iPad with all kinds of information on the library and the build, and a display case with a model of the Asian Library.
Yesterday the construction site has been set up and today the building of The Asian Library on top University Library started.
From Tuesday April 27th through Friday, April 29th gravel will be removed from the roof of the University Library via the right side (North) of the University Library (Witte Singel). This may cause some inconvenience.