Today in History - October 31st. 1587 - Leiden University Library - The Netherlands

On October 31st. 1587, the Leiden University Library became operational in the vault of the current Academy building @ Rapenburg.

















Leiden University Library - 1610 - Source picture: Wikipedia

The Leiden University Library in The Netherlands is a significant place in the development of
European Culture!

The Leiden University Library has a huge collection. Some facts:

- 1,000,000 e-books;
- 60,000 Oriental and Western manuscripts;
- 500,000 letters;
- 70,000 maps;
- 12,000 drawings;
- 120,000 photographs etc...

Trivia:

Do you know that the first book to the Leiden University Library was offered by
William I, Prince of Orange?





















William I, Prince of Orange - Source picture: Wikipedia

So, the first book was an important Royal Connection!