In 2012 Maastricht celebrates the 350th anniversary of the Stadsbibliotheek. The library was founded in 1662 and has been located in many different buildings in the inner city of Maastricht during its lifetime (e.g. the town hall, the Dominican monastery, the State Archives and the present building of the University Library in the Grote Looiersstraat 17). During the seventies of the last century the Stadsbibliotheek joined up with the public library and is now part of the Centre Céramique. Together with e.g. the Atheneumbibliotheek Deventer and the Stadsbibliotheek Haarlem, the Stadsbibliotheek Maastricht is one of the oldest city libraries in the Netherlands.

Exhibition of 1662 prints

To pay attention to this memorable fact and to commemorate a cooperation of many years’ standing between the Stadsbibliotheek and the University Library, a small exhibition has been set up in both library locations (in the Inner City Library it is located in the precious books reading room and in the Randwyck Library in two showcases on level 1).

For these exhibitions , a set of old books has been selected, all of them published exactly in the year 1662. In the catalogue you can trace more than 100 titles, issued in 1662 (to find these titles use: key z? and jvu 1662). The variety of subjects is surprisingly large: history, travel reports, geography, pedagogics, history of arts, theology, political science, philosophy, ethnography, art of singing and Bibles.

During the opening hours of the University Library, the exhibition is on display  until 5 October 2012.



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