At a ceremony marking the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to the Netherlands Ngo Thi Hoa said the books in English will diversify the library’s documents on Vietnam, helping international students and scholars understand more about the country’s culture and people.
She highlighted the handover of the books as a practical activity in celebration of 45 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the Netherlands in 2018.
Marco de Niet, deputy director of the library, said the books came not long after the Asian Library of Leiden University was established, and it needs documents for its Vietnamese space.
He said the library is keeping one of the biggest collections on Southeast Asia in the world, adding that its Vietnamese collection now consists of three million objects.
The new books will be a good source of reference for readers to learn about Vietnam and its relations with the world, he noted.
After the ceremony, a meeting took place between representatives of the university and the embassy and a visiting delegation of the Vietnam Film Institute. Leiden University said it plans to work with the embassy in organising activities of Vietnam Year 2019 at its Leiden Asia Centre next year.