As of July 1st, 2014 the care of the collections of the KITLV will be transferred to the Leiden University Library (UBL). All books, periodicals, archives, photographs, maps and print collections etc. will be moved to the UBL buildings – situated just opposite the present location of KITLV. The acquisition of books and periodicals will in future be a task of the UBL, a steering committee consisting of representatives of the UBL, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and KITLV will oversee consistency.
The present reading room of KITLV will close on the date mentioned but it is hoped that about a week later requests for books, periodicals etc. can be fulfilled at the UBL building. A separate reading room for KITLV is planned and current periodicals and manuals will be available there. Within a few years the UBL plans to open an Area Studies Library with its own reading room, in which KITLV will be incorporated.
A large part of the present library staff of KITLV will have to be made redundant, the remaining staff will be employed by the UBL.
KITLV will continue as a research institute of the KNAW, located on the Leiden campus.
The management of KITLV’s Jakarta office will be taken over by the UBL. It will maintain its functions of acquiring books and periodicals published in Indonesia and of supporting the research institute.
These developments are in consequence of a retrenchment-, reorganization- and relocation- operation by KITLV’s parent organization, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in Amsterdam.
[Reported by RS Karni]