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Utrecht University Library donates more than 13.000 Portuguese Books

Utrecht University Library has donated 13.023 books to Leiden University Libraries in the areas of Portuguese language and literature, and the cultural histories of Portugal, Brazil, Angola, and Mozambique.

After the discontinuation of the Portuguese language and culture programme at Utrecht University in 2014, Leiden University is the only remaining provider of this kind of education and research programme in the Netherlands. Leiden University Libraries was, therefore, a logical choice when it came to the donation of this unique collection to another institution. The Portuguese language, literature, and cultural Special Collections will remain at Utrecht University Library and are still available for research purposes via the Utrecht Digital Repertorium.

Nosso Musseque was written between 1961 and 1962 in PIDE-prison in Angola by novelist and short story writer Jose Luandino Vieira. It remained unpublished until 2012.

“We value cooperation between academic institutions like ours highly”, according to Carola van der Drift, Projectmanager for Library process-support, “It’s nice that a collection like this has been secured for future research in the Netherlands”. The donation constitutes a meaningful addition to the Portuguese research and education collections already available at Leiden University Libraries. The collection covers over a century of literary and academic works, published between 1890 and 2000. Along with the books, Utrecht University donated some financial resources in order to aid in the transport and processing of the collection. This process was recently finished.

The entire collection is now available via the Leiden University Library Catalogue, due to the hard work and dedication of a number of different student-assistants. Much of the information needed to make the collection retrievable via Leiden University Library’s Catalogue could be copied from Utrecht University’s systems, but to be sure of a seamless transition the collection had to be manually renumbered. More information about the Portuguese language, literature and culture collection can be found via the Subject Guide for Latin American Studies.

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