If the Boekentoren handled and stored a car collection, this workspace would be the garage - a place for maintenance and repair - where the engines are kept roaring.
Every heritage collection requires care. It is provided in this room. Library staff use this workroom for the description and disclosure of manuscripts, early printed books, iconographic items and archival collections, and make them available for research. The size of the Boekentoren collection makes this a Herculean task.
An overview of the special collections can be found in the collection overview at boekentoren.gent. The special collections are kept in the library depots which are managed by a team of curators, cataloguers and restorers. The collections are digitised in the scanning studio and are made available for consultation in the Reading Room for Special Collections.