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Archive 2005 August

Library of the University of Leuven

Since the foundation of the university in 1425 and until 1636 there was no official library of the university. Without doubt the students had access to manuscripts and printed books kept in the homes of their professors and in the various colleges and educational institutions.
In 1636, at the Lakenhalle, under the impetus of Professor Rega, a library could be called a Central Library. Its entrance was on the old market.
This library grew during the following centuries, and after the abolition of Leuven University in 1797, it was entirely transferred by the French occupiers to the Ecole central of Brussels. The most valuable books and manuscripts were transferred to Paris and the Bibliothčque nationale .
It is likely that during the uncertain times after the French Revolution many books and valuable documents have secretly followed an unofficial route. In many European libraries one indeed finds books and manuscripts that unmistakably come from the University of Leuven, such as the original founding charter of 1425, which was in the seminar of 's-Hertogenbosch in 1909 or an incunable belonging to the lawyer Henricus de Piro. which was in the library of Budapest at the end of the twentieth century

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