The University Library of Leuven
Historical Walking Guide
The University Library at the Mgr. Ladeuzeplein in Leuven is not only a beautiful building and a modern scientific library consulted by more than 100,000 readers a year but also an important historical monument. Its foundations are rooted in World War I. In the mass destruction of Leuven in 1914 the library of the University was burned and completely destroyed. Thanks to generous American donations the new library building on the Mgr. Ladeuzeplein was established in 1921. For anyone who wants to learn more about the history of this remarkable building, or who wants to walk in and around the library, this guide is an absolute must!