Solvay Library to become the 'Library of Europe'

26-11-2019

Thanks to the European Parliament, the old Solvay Library will soon once again fulfil its original purpose as a European cultural centre. Founded by Belgian industrialist Ernest Solvay, the library of the Brussels Institute of Sociology made its mark through the originality of its architecture and functional layout. Designed in 1902 as a working laboratory for research in the then emerging field of social sciences, it soon became the hub of an international documentation network, using a pioneering system for the classification of books and periodicals. The library, a listed building that has been fully restored to its original condition, will soon open its doors to the public and thus fulfil its original destiny, under an agreement between the European Parliament and the Belgian authorities.

Thanks to the European Parliament, the old Solvay Library will soon once again fulfil its original purpose as a European cultural centre. Founded by Belgian industrialist Ernest Solvay, the library of the Brussels Institute of Sociology made its mark through the originality of its architecture and functional layout. Designed in 1902 as a working laboratory for research in the then emerging field of social sciences, it soon became the hub of an international documentation network, using a pioneering system for the classification of books and periodicals. The library, a listed building that has been fully restored to its original condition, will soon open its doors to the public and thus fulfil its original destiny, under an agreement between the European Parliament and the Belgian authorities.