Posted by: bluesyemre | August 25, 2012

Utrecht University Library City Centre by Emre Hasan Akbayrak

Logo Utrecht University

History of Utrecht University Library 

  • From the 12th to the 16th century, Utrecht was the intellectual and cultural centre of the northern Netherlands. It was the place to be for science and education, usually practised in connection with the church. The city was dominated by its many churches, monasteries and convents. The books and manuscripts from the churches, monasteries and convents were collected after a decree was issued by the Utrecht city fathers in 1581. In 1580, the city had chosen for the reformed religion, so the Catholic churches, monasteries and convents were closed down. A large part of the collections (approximately 550 to 600 manuscripts and books) were brought to the city library, which was to be officially founded in 1584. In 1636, the university was founded and the city library became university library as well.

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