Relocation East Asian Library to Asian Library

EALOn March, 20 and March, 21 we will move the reference collections, course reserve shelves and journals from the East Asian Library in the Arsenaal Building to the Asian Library at the University Library. Wednesday March, 22 the collections will be available again in the Asian Library. The main part of the East Asian Library collections was already moved to the University Library. The subject librarians will start work at their new office in the Asian Library on March 23. The East Asian Library will be closed definitely starting Saturday, March 18.

Items requested for loan before Tuesday, March 14 16h00 will be available for pick up at the East Asian Library until Friday March 17. Items requested after Tuesday March 14, 16h00 will be available for pick up at the lockers in the University Library.

Relocation of the KITLV collections


The relocation of the collections of the Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), from the Reuvensplaats to the closed stacks at the University Library is in full swing.  This will last until February 1st. In total, 12 kilometers of collections will be moved.

During the relocation supply of requested materials may be delayed, but we aim to supply once an hour. The stacks at the Reuvensplaats still contain some personal collections of researchers (archives, materials, documentation files etc.).

The KITLV reference library at the University Library has been moved from the open stacks on floor -1 to the Noordhal’s ground floor. This measure was taken to create space for the East Asian Library collections that are being brought in from the Arsenaal. The KITLV reference library will also be shelved according to the Library of Congress Classification. On March 1st 2017 the collections will be relocated to the Asian Library, along with the reference collections for China, Japan and South and Central Asia.


Relocation and availability of the EAL collections

IMG_9716At 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.

IMG_9636We 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 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.

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.

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