The BA Receives the Collection of the Royal Tropical Institute, the Netherlands
Dr. Ismail Serageldin; Director of the Library of Alexandria, and Dr. Derk Vermeer; President of the Royal Tropical Institute— Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen (KIT) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, have signed on Thursday, 31 October 2013, a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions by the which majority of the KIT library collection, almost 400,000 books and 20,000 journals, will be reallocated at the BA. The collection covers different fields, and it is especially important because it is Europe's largest library pertaining to development issues. Most of the collection is in English, and some in German, French and other languages. The BA has obliged itself to protect this library collection and keep it publicly accessible. It will also make special efforts to bring it to the attention of other institutions and interested parties.