Welcome to the world's largest library on Indonesia and the Caribbean

On October 15th, 2014, Leiden University celebrated the development of the world’s largest research library on Indonesia and the Caribbean. 

New Asian Library for Leiden University

More than 350 interested people from various background backgrounds in politics, education, research and business attended th event. Prominent speakers like novelist Adriaan van Dis, author Elizabeth Pisani and Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Retno L.P. Marsudi, guided the audience through Indonesian history, culture and personal experiences. The audience was introduced to our future plans to develop both a brick-and-mortar and a digital learning centre to present the Asian collections to the world. This major international centre will support research, education and cultural activities. An Indonesia expert showed participants a selection of highlights from the Indonesian collections and current research as displayed in the exhibition Investigating Indonesia. During the network reception were invited to see Asian heritage collections in the Special Collections Reading Room, to imagine the future Asian Library on the University Library rooftop, to browse digital collections and to visit the exhibition ‘Investigating Indonesia’ guided by KITLV researcher Fridus Steijlen. 

The development of this Asian Library is a result of the merger between the collections of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), The Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) and the Asian collections of Leiden University Libraries. 


Venue Lipsius Building, Conference Theatre  019, Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden

16h00 Registration
16h30 Welcome by Rector Magnificus Carel Stolker
16h40 Lecture Squeezed  between Rice and Potato. Personal reflections on a Dutch (post) colonial youth by novelist Adriaan van Dis
17h20 Interview with Elizabeth Pisani, author of Indonesia etc. Exploring the Improbable Nation
17h50 Closing remarks by Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Retno L.P. Marsudi

Short walk to Leiden University Library, Witte Singel 27 Leiden

Venue Leiden University Library, Witte Singel 27, Leiden 


Welcome by University Librarian Kurt De Belder

18h20 Introduction to the exhibition Investigating Indonesia by dr. Fridus Steijlen, researcher and staff member for special projects at the KITLV
18h30 Reception (including finger food) and opportunity to view the exhibition in groups guided by dr. Fridus Steijlen
20h00 End of program

Last Modified: 05-12-2014