|A WEBSITE FOR THE BOOKTOWER
What would a university be without a library ? Obviously the Ghent University has a library, and it has its quarters in an architectural masterpiece: the stylish book tower designed by the famous architect Henry Van de Velde. The book tower is one of Ghent's characteristic towers. In addition to the famous medieval towers of St.Bavo's Cathedral, the Belfry and the church of St.Nicholas, it has often been called "Ghent's fourth tower" and even "Ghent's tower of wisdom".
There has been a lot of discussion about this tower the past couple of years, and a lot of attention also went to the surrounding library building. The City of Ghent allocated a couple of special pages in its website to the tower, and we are now extending this site with news about the renovation, about events and background information connected to the library building and the tower.
This splendid and highly characteristic building accommodates the university library, which is now about 200 years old. The library's mission is fourfold : it is a repository library, a digital library, the centre of a network of libraries at the university and a working environment for students and scientists.
If you are looking for scientific literature, books, periodicals or databases, please visit the library website www.lib.ugent.be.
But if it's the building you are after, you can bookmark this site and be kept posted on any development, novelty or event connected to this architectural gem.
Images were provided by photographers Geert Roels and Ingrid Decraeye.