2025 rare books for Louvain 2025

In 2025, it will be 600 years since a university was founded in Leuven, the forerunner of today’s KU Leuven. In anticipation to these festivities, KU Leuven Libraries, in collaboration with UCLouvain, is putting its academic collection in the spotlight. Thanks to the efforts of the past months and years, images of 2025 rare books published by Leuven professors have now been uploaded to the Lovaniensia platform. However, this enormous growth – in May 2020, about 400 works were available…

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Libraries and Diamond Open Access

The following is the redacted text of a statement given by Demmy Verbeke at the “The Diamond Open Access Model: what impact on research?” webinar organized by Academia Europaea Cardiff, KU Leuven Libraries and the Young Academy of Europe on March 28, 2022.  Academic libraries have a responsibility in the context of Diamond Open Access on at least two levels. For more than a decade now, librarians worldwide have played a role in promoting OA, explaining the various options to…

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Trial access: Eustathius, Commentary on the Iliad/Odyssey (Brill Scholarly Editions)

Until 25 May 2021 KU Leuven users have trial access to two new sources on the Brill Scholarly Editions platform: Eustathius of Thessalonica: Commentary on the Iliad This is the online version of the complete critical edition by Marchinus van der Valk of Eusthathius of Thessalonica’s Commentary on the Iliad, composed during the latter half of the twelfth century CE, published in hard copy by Brill between 1971–1987. Eustathius of Thessalonica: Commentary on the Odyssey This online publication (to be…

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Over 100.000 e-books accessible for KU Leuven users through Evidence Based Acquisition

In 2021 KU Leuven Libraries Artes is participating in 5 Evidence Based Acquisition Projects. This results in over 100.000 e-books being accessible for a period of 12 months. At the end of this period, a smaller selection of titles will be acquired (perpetual access) by the library according to collection profiles and in consultation with the academic staff, and (this is why the acquisition method is called evidence based) reinforced by usage statistics. When the EBA Project ends, the library…

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