We love books.

An evening about private libraries.

Summer 2021 the late Umberto Eco’s library was opened at Bologna University. 40.000 books, picked by an outstanding scholar and writer during his working life. Shortly before, in the Hague, ‘The Archives / Peter van Beveren Library’ was being unpacked in the large physics practice room of a former highschool. 25.000 books, a subjective and therefore unique collection of photo- and artists’ books.
Meanwhile a much smaller library was crossing the Ocean: Walter Costa’s inspiring library of photobooks. Shipped from Brazil it landed in The Hague, home of one of the oldest kept-together libraries in the world: The Westreenianum book collection, now part of House of the Book.
Back to last summer when Evert van Uitert, former professor of History at Amsterdam University, was looking for a place to install his extensive library that he used, like Eco, for his scholar practice. That’s where we will gather for the next Zefir7 evening: in the libraray annex of the former U.S. Embassy where Van Uitert’s library rests and where West Den Haag started ‘Alphabetum’. Just around the corner from KABK, gifted with a splendid library and close to the Royal Library, recently coined to national library. Not to mention the ‘Dames Leesmuseum’ at Nassauplein and the different museum libraries. And Zefir7’s home Stroom Den Haag: check out their library. The Hague is a city of books. Let’s have a peek.

Peter van Beveren (The Archives)
Walter Costa (Photobook library)
Akkiem Helmling (Alphabetum)
Rickey Tax (Huis van het Boek)

Please join us at Lange Voorhout 102 on Tuesday May 17
Doors open 19:30h, start presentations 20:00h

Some photos of the evening, made by Karen Polder (photo Peter van Beveren by Vincent van Baar)

Akiem Helmling (Alphabetum) presenting several books.
Rickey Tax of House of the Book (Museum Meermanno Westreenianum), the oldest book museum in the world. He still looks a bit pale from bidding at auction in the morning,
Walter Costa about the most endangered library in modern times: his one. Coming from Italy, having studied, lived and initiated a co-operative in Brazil, we should be very happy to have him in The Hague.
Peter van Beveren tells his story along his insta account. Luckily he brought one book: an invisible book of which he has 2 copies in his library now. A novelty indeed. (and impossible to check)

Zefir7 is funded (mainly) by the BNO*.
Please join us every third Tuesday of the month. It’s free. Even for non-members.
But hey, IF you are a member, we’ll offer you
a free drink.

*) Association of Dutch Designers

Trivia: Bibliomanie is een obsessieve-compulsieve stoornis in verband met het verzamelen van boeken. Als het ernstige vormen aanneemt kan het leiden tot de verstoring van sociale relaties en de gezondheid.

Thomas Phillipps, die in 1824 een groot deel van de Meerman bibliotheek verwierf, wordt wel als bibliomaan omschreven. Overigens kocht de achterneef van Johan Meerman, W.H.J. baron van Westreenen van Tiellandt, toen ook een belangrijk deel van dezelfde bibliotheek.