"The Univercity Library" Leuven Favorite Tip by a005116
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Favorite thing: Another newly constructed 'old' building is the City Library at the Monseigneur Ladeuzeplein. The impressive building in Flemish Renaissance style was constructed between 1921 and 1928. It was designed by the American architects Warren and Wetmore and built thanks to donations of American Colleges and Universities. It replaces the former university library which used to be in the university halls in the Naamsestraat. The library had been destroyed in 1914. The present building also suffered damage during a fire in 1940. Numerous important tomes were lost forever (also the Papal document for the creation of the Leuven University in 1425). In the high-rising tower is a 'beiaard' (set of bells) that was donated by the Americans.
Very recently the building was restaurated and so it is now certainly one of the cities highlights. On the ground floor there are most of the time temporarly exebitions. Many times with old books from the library itself. On the 1st floor you find the main library room. Normaly this part of the building is only possible to visit as student or in groups, but a friendly word to the person at the entrance can help to make an exeption.