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Grand Opening Asian Library


This festive day gives you the opportunity to discover the wide variety of knowledge on Asia held in Leiden, covering research, teaching, collections and expertise and provides you with the newest insights on Asia.

Registration is required

The event consists of three parts:

10:00 - 12:30 hrs • Opening Ceremony
During the morning programme in the Pieterskerk, Her Majesty Queen Máxima will officially open the Asian Library. The programme also includes:

  • keynote speech Asia and the making of the modern world by Peter Frankopan (University of Oxford), author of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, and visiting Scaliger Professor at Leiden University
  • a presentation on the collections of the Asian Library
  • a musical performance
  • launch of the book Voyage of Discovery. Exploring the Collections of the Asian Library
  • a walking lunch

12:45 - 16:30 hrs • Tour of Asia

In the afternoon there will be a Tour of Asia with something for everyone. The programme comprises a number of events to be held in parallel sessions at different locations, including lectures, country updates, exhibitions, tours, films, music, workshops, panel discussions and much more.
Check the schedule for Tour of Asia

16:30 - 18:30 hrs • Afterparty & Reception
At the end of the tour, join us at for drinks and canapés in the University Library.

About the Asian Library

The new Asian Library is an international center of expertise in which Leiden University Libraries will bring all Asian collections under one roof, and make these accessible to students, scholars and other people interested. Besides collections of books and magazines there are study areas, seminar rooms, a cinema and an Asian Garden with plants, where visitors can meet and relax. The subject librarians for Asian Studies are also housed at the Asian Library.