Refurbishment and construction; towards The Asian Library

The construction of the physical Asian Library consists of three separate phases and projects.

1. Renovation of the Open Stacks
(May 2015 – October 2015)*
Collage impressies nieuw OMFirst of all, we have renovated the Open Stacks on -1, one floor below the Information Centre Huygens. The Open Stacks area is completely refurbished. Ultimately it will contain 5,5 km of material mostly from our Asian and periodicals collections. It also includes thirty new workspaces. With a brand new carpet, freshly painted walls and ceiling, it is a delight to study our rich collections in this new area of the University Library.


2. Creation of a book depository in Van Steenis Building
(August 2015 – March 2016)*
Van Steenis collage2Secondly, we have created a book depository that will hold approximately 37km of materials in the Van Steenis Building. In the first quarter of 2016 we have moved low use materials from the stacks of the University Library to this new facility, creating the necessary space at the University Library to hold the collections of KITLV and the East Asian Library.





3. Constructing The Asian Library
(April 2016 – Spring 2017)*

UB Leiden_cam 01Finally, we have started the construction of the Asian wing on top of the University Library in April 2016 and plan to open the new Asian Library in the first half of 2017.




*Dates are an indication and can be adjusted in time due to changes in construction plans.

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About the architects

Architects Katja Hogenboom and Jasper Felsch work together to create optimal designs for the new Open Stacks and The Asian Library.

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