Opening of the Forum Library

Published on
August 21, 2007

The opening of Wageningen Campus and the Forum Building by the Queen on 4 September also meant the actual opening of the Forum Library. Architectonically, the Library is located at one of the most beautiful places in the Forum, which is also why it was part of the building tour for the Queen and her retinue. In the sphere, which forms a striking core to the Library's 4 floors, architect Paul Wintermans explained the background of his design to the Queen.

At a point that offers a good view of the whole library and from where the exhibition for WetenWeek (Science and Technology Week) in the Special Collections reading room can be seen, curator Liesbeth Missel showed Her Majesty P. Cos's Tulip Book from 1637.

Previous to this, Librarian Dick van Zaane had given a short presentation about the library. The Queen appeared to be particularly interested in Cos's book and in the background of Tulipomania. The librarian closed the presentation by offering Her Majesty the book Tulpomanie. Die Tulpe in der Kunst  des 16. und 17. Jahrhunderts and a memory stick with a number of plates from Cos's Tulip Book.

Later that day, we were pleasantly surprised when architect Paul Wintermans offered the Library his design sketches of the Forum Building.

The Open Day was on Saturday 8 September. Through demonstrations and tours visitors received an excellent picture of a modern library both in front of and behind the scenes.

Pictures of the Opening of the Library by Queen Beatrix

(Newsletter 5-2007)