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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. 

An artist's impression of the Asian Library

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. 

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