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Named rooms in the University Library

Various rooms in the University Library are named after collections or people who have played an important role in the history of the University Library.

Alphabetically


Emmy Andriesse (1914-1953)
Photographer, best known for her work with De Ondergedoken Camera, a resistance group of photographers, who documented the horrific circumstances during World War II and the famine of 1944-45. These photographs were documents of hunger, poverty and misery, photographed with great focus and symbolism. The complete photo and negative archive of Andriesse is managed by the Print Room of the University Library.

Group Study Room Andriesse (ground floor, University Library)


Augusta Curiel (1873-1937)
Photographer. Augusta Curiel and her sister Anna created an important record of life in Suriname in the early twentieth century. In 1929 Queen Wilhelmina granted her the title of hofleverancier. The photographic work of Curiel is very well represented in the collections of the University Library (KITLV).

Group Study Room Curiel (ground floor, University Library)


Janus Dousa (1545-1604)
Scion of the noble family Van der Does, Lord of Noordwijk en Kattendijke, commander during the Siege of Leiden, humanist, poet, philologist, curator and the first librarian of Leiden University.

Special Collections Reading Room Dousa (2nd floor, University Library)


Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Theoretical physicist and received in 1921 the Nobel Prize for Physics. Developed i.a. the special and general relativity theory and searched for a unification theory. Professor by Special Appointment at Leiden University from 1920 to 1946. Einstein’s original notes about the Bose-Einstein statistics were discovered in 2005 at the University Library in the Paul Ehrenfest archives.

Group Study Room Einstein (1st floor, University Library)


Hugo Grotius (1583-1645)
Jurist, humanist and writer. Studied at Leiden University. Is regarded as one of the major jurists of all time. He laid the foundations for international law, based on natural law and his ideas with regard to seafaring still dominate present maritime law

Lecture Room Grotius (2nd floor, University Library)


Robert van Gulik (1910-1967)
Sinologist, diplomat and author and illustrator of, among others, the Judge Dee mysteries. In 1977 his collection of Chinese and Japanese block prints, manuscripts and books was acquired and is now available at the University Library.

Centre for Scholars van Gulik (2nd floor, University Library/Asian Library)


Daniël Heinsius (1580-1650)
Humanist, enjoyed international fame as publisher of classical texts, as literary theorist and poet. During most of his life he worked at Leiden University, as the fourth librarian of the university and occupied i.a. the first chair of political science worldwide.

Lecture Room Heinsius (2nd floor, University Library)


Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695)
Mathematician, physicistastronomer and inventor. Widely regarded as one of the greatest scientists of all time and a major figure in the scientific revolution. His scientific archive is available at the University Library.

Information Centre Huygens (ground floor, University Library)


Ata Kandó (1913-2017)
Photographer. Kandó worked i.a. for Magnum Photos and her photographs show a strong social awareness. Kandó’s work is well represented in the photograph collection of the University Library, including both versions of the dummy for Kalypso & Nausikaä – Foto's naar Homerus Odyssee.

Group Study Room Kandó (ground floor, University Library)


Hendrik Kern (1833-1917)
Linguist and orientalist. Professor of Sanskrit at Leiden University. Together with Herman Neubronner van der Tuuk, Kern is considered to be one of the founders of Oriental studies in The Netherlands. The collection of the Kern Institute is part of the University Library.

Group Study Room Kern (2nd floor, University Library/Asian Library)


Hendrik Lorentz (1853-1928)
Mathematician and physicist, professor of theoretical physics at Leiden University and won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1902. The Nobel Foundation writes that "It may well be said that Lorentz was regarded by all theoretical physicists as the world's leading spirit, who completed what was left unfinished by his predecessors and prepared the ground for the fruitful reception of the new ideas based on the quantum theory." In 1910, on his initiative, the first public library was founded in Leiden.

Group Study Room Lorentz (1st floor, University Library)


Jan Hendrik Oort (1900-1992)
Mathematician and physicist, professor of theoretical physics at Leiden University and won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1902. The Nobel Foundation writes that "It may well be said that Lorentz was regarded by all theoretical physicists as the world's leading spirit, who completed what was left unfinished by his predecessors and prepared the ground for the fruitful reception of the new ideas based on the quantum theory." In 1910, on his initiative, the first public library was founded in Leiden.

Group Study Room Oort (1st floor, University Library)


Gerret Rouffaer (1860-1928)
Traveler and collector in Asia. Rouffaer’s greatest achievement is the development of the KITLV collection that is now managed by the University Library.

Seminar Room Rouffaer (2nd floor, University Library/Asian Library)


Joseph Justus Scaliger (1540-1609)
Protestant humanist, poet, polemist and professor of Latin, Antiquities and History at Leiden University, succeeding Justus Lipsius. Scaliger is known for expanding the notion of classical history from Greek and ancient Roman history to include PersianBabylonianJewish and ancient Egyptian history and is considered the founder of the modern science of chronology. In his will, Scaliger bequeathed his renowned collection of manuscripts and books to the University Library. Anthony Grafton recently characterized Scaliger as “the Einstein of the 16th century”.

Scaliger Institute (1st floor, University Library)


Philipp Franz von Siebold (1796-1866)
Physicianbotanist, and traveler. He achieved prominence by his studies of Japanese flora and fauna and by introducing Western medicine and science in Japan. His contribution to Japanese studies in The Netherlands cannot be overrated. In 1881 major parts of his collection of Japanese books and maps entered the University Library.

Von Siebold Garden (2nd floor, University Library/Asian Library)


Willem de Sitter (1872-1934)
Mathematician, physicist, professor of astronomy at Leiden University and director of the Leiden Observatory. De Sitter made significant contributions to celestial mechanics and to relativistic cosmology. The archives of the Leiden Observatory are available at the University Library.

Group Study Room de Sitter (1st floor, University Library)


Frits Vos (1918-2000)
First chair of Korean Studies at Leiden University. Vos had a substantial Asian library that entered largely into the Leiden collections.

Vos Cinema (2nd floor, University Library/Asian Library)


Isaac Vossius (1618-1689)
Humanist, philologist, freethinker and collector of books and manuscripts. Leiden University bought his library of books and manuscripts. The Vossius collection is available at the University Library.

Conference Room Vossius (2nd floor, University Library)
 

Thilly Weissenborn  (1889-1964)
Photographer. Known as the first female professional photographer in the Dutch East Indies. The photographic work of Weissenborn is very well represented in the collections of the University Library (KITLV).

Group Study Room Weissenborn (ground floor, University Library)

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