Boekenzolder

Stichting Kittiwake

Boekenzolder

Since 2012 the Boekenzolder has been a treasure trove where all are welcome, whether to donate books or to take books away.

It is a unique initiative, a non-profit charity.

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Our work

The Boekenzolder is a project of the Kittiwake Foundation and was established to supply books free of charge to private individuals and institutions, among others.

Our aim is to promote reading and to allow visitors to meet other book-lovers, and also to give a new life to donated books.

Opening hours

Books can be taken away, exchanged or returned free of charge during opening hours:

Thursday             13.00-17.00 uur
Friday                  13.00-17.00 uur
Saturday              13.00-17.00 uur

During opening hours the Boekenzolder can be reached by telephone on 0624337506.

Outside opening hours an appointment can be made to bring in books via info@boekenzolderleiden.nl

Boekenzolder

The Boekenzolder is a project of the Kittiwake Foundation and was established to supply books free of charge to private individuals and institutions, among others. Our aim is to promote reading and to allow visitors to meet other book-lovers, and also to give a new life to donated books.

This foundation is recognised by the tax authorities as a Public Benefit Institution (ANBI), which means that donations are tax-deductible.

Since 2012 the Boekenzolder has been a treasure trove where all are welcome, whether to donate books or to take books away. It is a unique initiative, a non-profit charity.

It was founded in 2012 and since 2015 has been located on the Admiraal Bankertweg.
The mission of the Boekenzolder is to give a second life to books (sustainability), and to encourage reading for everyone, and especially for those of slender means, whether young or old.

The books are donated by both private individuals and organisations. During opening hours every book lover can take away ten free books, which are stamped to prevent resale.

The Boekenzolder also pursues an active policy of making books available to schools, homes for the elderly, and other organisations, and provides books to several of the mini libraries in the city.

The Boekenzolder contains books in very many languages and covering many different subjects. There are books in European, Asian and African languages, among others. Subjects include novels, thrillers, philosophy, religion, music, art, history, science, comics, children's books, and much more.

The Boekenzolder is run by volunteers; they collect the books, sort them and place them in their categories, assist and provide information to visitors, and make a note of book requests. Anyone with an interest in books can register as a volunteer via email or telephone.
We also regularly organise cultural activities; the programme can be found in the latest news. The Boekenzolder also plays a role in literary and sociocultural life in Leiden.

Latest news

As you can see, we have a new website!

We are currently still busy developing this further.

Closing days

We are closed on the following days:

  • Friday March 29 (Good Friday)
  • Saturday April 27 (Kingsday)
  • Thursday May 9 (Ascension Day)
  • Thursday October 3
  • Thursday December 26 (Boxing Day)

Outside opening hours, an appointment can be made to return books via info@boekenzolderleiden.nl

Activities

Here a few photos of the succesfull afternoon on January 28 were there were poems read in Gaelic, Welsh, French, Yiddisch, Russian and Chinese. Leo van Zanen translated these poems.

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28-01-202415:00VERSES FROM FAR AWAY
Alternative poetry afternoon in different languages ​​by Leo van Zanen and others.

Entrance is free!