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Construction started on Asian Library

Leiden University is building a new Asian Library on top of the University Library (UB) at the Witte Singel in Leiden. Work starts on 26 April 2016, and is expected to last until the end of December.

Building contractor Huurman has
started the preparatory work that
includes removing the gravel and
insulating material from the roof
of the UB. In the coming week the
construction site will be prepared
and the building phase will start on
or around 15 June.

Noise problem

There could be some excess noise
due to the removal of the roofing in
the first week and also when the
overhanging roof structures are sawn away. This will take place between 31 May and 1 June 2016.

The raised parts of the facade of the building will not be removed until July-August in order to keep the problem of noise to a minimum. Students, staff, visitors and neighbours living close to the site will be informed of the activities if they are likely to be affected by them. 

The regular building activities will take place between 07.00 and 17.00 hrs. While the work is continuing the contractor will place a number of containers and huts along the Maliebaan, and building materials will be transported via the Witte Singel. As a result, these roads will be busier than normal.

About the Asian Library

The Asian Library will bring together
all the knowledge on Asia at Leiden
University, knowledge that is currently
spread over different libraries and
faculties. The new Asian Library will
strengthen Leiden's position as an
international centre of expertise for
research on Asia. 

The new library will house academic publications, digital material including
newspapers, magazines, radio and TV clips and old maps, books, manuscripts, documents, letters, miniatures, sketches, handwritten documents and similar artefacts. It  will offer study areas, workplaces, a seminar room and a media room and will also feature an inner garden with lounge chairs and Asiatic plants from the Leiden Hortus Botanicus. During the construction a model of the new design with pictures giving an impression of the finished result can be viewed in the University Library.