Leiden University Libraries joins The LTI Korea Library as Hub member

o5jywokbp5uh6n7u23ds_400x400As 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.

Billboard Building The Asian Library

Picture2The 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.


First collections moved to Van Steenis storage facility

The first collections of periodicals, newspapers and dissertations have been moved from the University IMG_7505Library to the new remote storage facility in the Van Steenis Building. In this building 38 km of additional shelves are available. The relocation lasts from March to May. During this period it may occur that requested material is not available up to one week.



Remote storage facility opened in the Van Steenis Building

On February 1st, Leiden University Libraries, opened its remote storage facility adding 38 km of additional shelves for books. IMG_6745With this major new facility, Leiden University Libraries has finished the 2nd phase of its Asian Library programme. In March, the library will start moving collections from the University Library closed stacks to the new remote storage facility. By doing this, it will free up space at the University Library itself to accommodate the growing Asian collections.

IMG_6722Furthermore, new offices were opened in the Van Steenis Building to house the library’s staff dealing with the acquisition and cataloging of library materials.  The move of part of the back office staff from the University Library building to these new spacious offices has freed up considerable space at the University Library that will be used to  house the Centre for Digital Scholarship.

Kern collection renumbered and moved to the Open Stacks

The South Asian collection (Kern collection) is being renumbered and will be moved from the Closed Stacks to the Open Stacks at IMG_6923the University Library. This is expected to last four months. During this period the Kern collection will be available. Repositioning of the Open Stacks will take place daily. This may cause some inconvenience. During 2016 more Asian collections will be moved into the Open Stacks.



Donation by Minerva alumni enables the acquisition of Woodbury glass positives for the Asian Library

On Wednesday 28 January Rector Magnificus Carel Stolker and University Librarian Kurt De Belder received a donation for the Asian Library from Jan Kalff, Jochem Helb, and Frits Kalff – representatives of the Minerva quinquennial anniversary committee 1955. This donation will partly enable the acquisition of around 100 Woodbury glass positives and a projector from circa 1865. The collection concerns mostly glass positives with images from the Dutch Indies.IMG_6163

The collection contains around 100 Woodbury glass positives with images from the Dutch Indies created circa 1865 and an original Woodbury projector. All the glass positives have been marked with the name ‘Woodbury Lantern Slide’. The collection is a fantastic acquisition and substantially enlarges the current glass plates collection on the Dutch Indies, which contains 463 glass positives and 3813 glass negatives. The projector, which could be used to share these ‘lantern slides’ with a larger audience, is also a wonderful addition to our collection of old photo cameras and projectors.

Woodbury (& Page)IMG_0115
Walter Bentley Woodbury (1834-1885) was one of the most important pioneers in photography, both as a photographer and an innovator. His Woodburytype was the first perfectly photomechanical reproduction method. This process was a breakthrough in photography and was used globally from 1870 until 1900, particularly for book illustrations, but also for high quality portrait pictures. In 1856 Woodbury travelled to the Dutch Indies from Australia in the company of James Page and started a photo studio in Batavia. After W. Woodbury returned to Great Britain his brother took over the photo studio. They still collaborated long distance. The Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) possesses a Woodbury (& Page) core collection with over 2300 photographs and slides created by this renowned photographer, which is managed by the UBL.

Glass positivesWoodbury1
Glass positives were the high-quality forerunners of the colour slides Kodak started to produce in the early 1930s. The image quality of slides is strikingly sharply defined. Glass, or diapositives, are exceptionally rare, as the material is very fragile and thus has not been preserved well. These glass plates are so special because each slide contains.

Final Design of The Asian Library


On 29 October 2015, the two architects, Katja Hogenboom and Jasper Felsch, presented the Final Design of The Asian Library to Leiden University faculty and staff of Leiden University Libraries.

There are 3 phases in realizing physical facilities for The Asian Library:

Phase 1: Open Stacks
Refurbishment of open stack area into an open stack library for mainly Asian collections and non-Asian periodicals (5 km of shelving space) and 30 study spaces. (ready summer 2015)

Phase 2: Book depository & back office
Creation of 37 km of shelving in Van Steenis. Move ‘low use’ materials from UB to depository. Centralizing UBL back office functions (metadata & acquisitions) to Van Steenis. (ready end of 2015)

Phase 3: Construction of The Asian Library Final Design Asian Library
The Asian Library will be built on top of the University Library.  Construction will start March 2016 and the new building will be ready March 2017. The Asian Library opens to the public in the second quarter 2017.The official and festive opening is planned September 2017.


Presentations Final Design of The Asian Library:

Presentation Final Design Asian Library – General Introduction
Presentation Final Design Asian Library – Part 2
Presentation Final Design Asian Library – Part 3
Presentation Final Design Asian Library – Part 4
Presentation Final Design Asian Library – Part 5
Presentation Final Design Asian Library – Part 6


Architects on working towards the building of The Asian Library

Foto Katja Hogenboom2Architects Katja Hogenboom and Jasper Felsch work together to create optimal designs for the new Open Stacks and The Asian Library. The construction of The Asian Library consists of the renovation and/or construction of three physical spaces: (1) the redesign of the Open Stacks, (2) the construction of The Asian Library on the roof of the University Library and (3) the Van Steenis Building.

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