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Ceremony: halfway through the renovation

19 May 2016

It wouldn't have escaped your notice for sure - the renovation of the University Library City Centre is in full swing. The third and the fourth floor have recently been finished. On Wednesday 18 May, numerous invited guests took the opportunity to visit the new reading rooms, the department Special Collections and the Documentation Centre Dutch Political Parties (DNPP).

During her welcome speech, director Marjolein Nieboer looked back at the history of the renovation when first plans were made when Jan de Jeu had just become a member of the Board of the University in 2011. She named important players to accomplish the renovation so far and thanked them with flowers.

Jan de Jeu pointed to the apparent contradiction of digitised collections and the physical library that has become popular with students more than ever.
Pablo Collette, head of the sector "Heritage", zoomed in on the architecture of the building designed by Piet Tauber and the clever adaptions to it by renovation architect Anouk Vermeulen. He especially praised the refurbishing of the reading room of Special Collections: open and transparant, inviting and thus suitable to present the heritage collection of the University to researchers and the broad public.
Berend de Boer spoke on behalf of the Documentation Centre Dutch Political Parties (DNPP) that resides within the University Library as 'some sort of Vatican City" he joked, and that is now also fully renovated.

Following the speeches, visitors had the chance to wander around the building. In the Jantina Tammes Room on the 4th floor, a film about the renovation was screened and snack and beverages were served; Arjen Dijkstra gave two mini-lectures on 'Zoeke Boeken' (lost books) in the Josephus Jitta Room (the instruction room of Special Collections).

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