Bruges public library recognised as national cultural heritage organisation

The Flemish government has recognised the Bruges public library as a cultural heritage organisation at a national level. Thanks to the recognition, the library will receive an additional annual subsidy of 250,000 euros.

As well as its function as a public library, the centre manages a heritage collection that includes medieval manuscripts, old printed books, the archives of poet Guido Gezelle and a historical newspaper archive. Part of that collection is on the Flemish Topstukken list, a list of exceptional cultural heritage items. After positive advice from the expert committee, Culture minister Jan Jambon (N-VA) recognised the library as a cultural heritage organisation at a national level.

“The expert committee of the Flemish government assessed the operation of the library as very positive," said Bruges councillor Nico Blontrock. "We score particularly well for collection, conservation and management, research and public outreach. This is great recognition for the work of the scientific employees of the Bruges Heritage Library, and good for the people involved in public outreach and education and for all Bruges library employees."

The library will use the recognition to create a showcase of its history, collections and social relevance, which will be done with illustrator Peter Goes, partners and the public. The result will be presented on Heritage Day 2024.


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