BNO Zefir7: We love books!


19.30 - 22.00

Onze Ambassade (Former US-Embassy), Lange Voorhout 102, 2514 EJ, Den Haag

We love books!

An evening about private libraries.

(Or: we hate libraries.

An evening hosted by book lovers.)

City of books

Summer 2021 the late Umberto Eco’s library was opened at Bologna University. 40.000 books, picked by an outstanding scholar and writer during his working life. Shortly before, in the Hague, ‘The Archives / Peter van Beveren Library’ was being unpacked in the large physics practice room of a former highschool. 25.000 books, a subjective and therefore unique collection of photo- and artists' books.

Meanwhile a much smaller library was crossing the Ocean: Walter Costa's inspiring library of photobooks. Shipped from Brazil it landed in The Hague, home of one of the oldest kept-together libraries in the world: The Westreenianum book collection, now part of House of the Book.

Back to last summer when Evert van Uitert, former professor of History at Amsterdam University, was looking for a place to install his extensive library that he used, like Eco, for his scholar practice. That's where we will gather for the next Zefir7 evening: in the library annex of the former U.S. Embassy where Van Uitert's library rests and where West Den Haag started ‘lphabetum’. Just around the corner from KABK, gifted with a splendid library and close to the Royal Library,  recently coined to national library. Not to mention the ‘Dames Leesmuseum’ at Nassauplein and the different museum libraries. And Zefir7's home Stroom Den Haag: check out their library. The Hague is a city of books.

Let's have a peek.


Peter van Beveren (The Archives)

Walter Costa (Photobook library)

Akkiem Helmling (Alphabetum)

Rickey Tax (Huis van het Boek) 

BNO Zefir7

Zefir7 is a monthly designers' café supported by the BNO and hosted by Stroom Den Haag. Send ‘keep me posted as a subject to this email address to receive announcements.


Free entrance. There is a limited number of seats. First come, first serve. Doors open 19.30 hrs, start presentations 20.00 hrs.

BNO members get a free drink at the BNO Zefir7 evenings!