The Northern Link
Passage takes place here: of staff, of visitors, but also of books and journals that went back and forth between the depot and various reading rooms.
In the elongated northern corridor, the clean line and harmony of materials is striking: Belgian marble, black steel profiles, chrome locks. Pure volumes predominate in a modernist feel. Daylight is drawn in through light panels in the ceiling.
Originally, van de Velde had provided rubber floors, which were softer to walk on. But the Second World War made the supply of materials from the colony impossible. Small specks of gold reveal that the marble alternative has become the St-Anne petit mélange from a meanwhile abandoned career away from Dinant.
Passage took place here: of staff, of visitors, but also of books and journals that went back and forth on wooden carts between the depot and the various reading rooms. Newspapers and student journals were displayed on the counter of the cloakroom. The walls were used to hang framed pieces. The photos that Carl De Keyzer [link to page of artwork] made in 1997 on the occasion of the library’s bicentenary, among others, have graced this Passage.
Offices are located on the street side, and the reading and work rooms for the special collections are located at the end of the corridor. East of the Passage is the Tower itself.