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Two times a year Leiden University Libraries tries to create an internship for master students who would like to learn about and contribute to the cataloguing, digitization and presentation of its special collections.


UBL holds a total of 5.200.000 volumes, 1.000.000 e-books, 20.000 paper journals 40.000 e-journals. It keeps the largest collection worldwide on Indonesia and the Dutch Caribbean. Its special collections play an important role in academic research and education: over 50.000 books printed before 1801, 60.000 oriental and western manuscripts, 500.000 letters, dozens of archives (including that of the Univesity since 1575), 100.000 maps, 100.000 prints, 12.000 drawings and 300.000 photographs. These unique collections can be consulted in the Special Collections Reading Room, but also increasingly in digital versions. UBL provides services and products for the use of these collections and collaborates as a partner in exernally financed conservation and digitisation projects. UBL organizes exhibitions three times a year, drawing from its rich collections.

Former internships (selection)

Georeferencing of maps (Maps in the Crowd)
Trainee: J. Bos (Leiden University, BA History)
Mentor: Martijn Storms (2016)

Cataloguing of Western manuscripts and letters (a.o. De Jong van Rodenburgh)
Trainee: E.J. Dros (Leiden University, BA History)
Mentor: Mart van Duijn (2016)

Automated cataloguing using OCR
Trainee: G. Morelli (MA Book and Digital Media Studies)
Mentor: Saskia van Bergen  (2015)

“The immersive library”. An interactive installation for the LUMC Exhibition ‘Souvenir de Voyage’.
Trainees: J. Pisarczyk, J. Siebelink, A. Geurtsen, R. Alkemade (MA Media Technology)
Mentor: Saskia van Bergen and Maartje van den Heuvel  (2014)

Cataloguing of photographs from Indonesian antiquities (Kern collection)
Trainee: M. Schoettel (Leiden University, MA Asian Studies)
Mentor: Matthijs Holwerda (2014)

Cataloguing of letters from the Nico Rost archive
Trainee: E.R. Menger (Leiden University, BA English)
Mentor: Mart van Duijn (2014)

Test cataloguing of drawings in GGC; preparation of the exhibition 'Leiden viert Feest!' (Rembrandthuis)
Trainee: G.W. Richards (Leiden University, MA Art History)
Mentor: Jef Schaeps (2014)

Documenting Middle Dutch sermons in the Bibliotheca Neerlandica Manuscriptan
Trainee: B.C.P.W. Laming (Universiteit Utrecht, BA Celtic Studies)
Mentor: André Bouwman (2013)

Italianates in the Leiden Print Room collection of drawings
Trainee: D.A. Paul (Leiden University, MA Art History)
Mentor: Jef Schaeps (2013)

Cataloguing of East European maps
Trainee: D.L. Derzsenyi (Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, MA Art History)
Mentor: Martijn Storms (2013)

Preparing the exhibition 'Bibliotheca Pharmacia'; pharmacopoeias in UBL’s collection
Trainee: N. Le Clercq (Leiden University, MA Art History)
Mentor: Kasper van Ommen (2012/2013)