Spijkenisse, growing centre for knowledge

Even though ‘Spickenisse’ can be found in a certificate from 1235, the city did not have its own Public Library until September 11th 1969. And despite the rich pre-historical and middle age history, the city only started blossoming since the last 40 years. It then became the city we now know, a home to about 75.000 residents.

Accessibility + need for knowledge = library

Because of its great location near the Oude Maas, fishing and shipping were the main sources of income for the residents of Spijkenisse. The building of the Spijkenisser-bridge in 1903 and the tramline in 1904 made the city much more accessible. The city was appointed as an urban grow centre of Rotterdam in 1966, after the merge with Hekelingen. More people settled here because of the cities many job opportunities. As a result, more houses and neighborhoods were built. Spijkenisse grew substantially and was home to many lower class families. Around 1969 it had become a good sized city, but, unfortunately, without any cultural offerings. Thus, the library was born.
In September of 1969, the Public Library of Spijkenisse opened its doors in the old town hall on Noordeinde. After a few years, the location had become too small and a new location on the Anthonis van der Nootstraat was the solution from 1972 onwards. After the entitlement of urban grown centre, the library moved again in 1975. The growth of Spijkenisse continued in the eighties, with the metro connection from Rot-terdam to Spijkenisse.

Three newly opened locations didn’t survive the budget cuts

The need for knowledge became exceptionally clear when borrowing books by hand became too much work. Spijkenisse was the first library in the Netherlands to work with an automatic borrow system in 1978. New locations opened in ’79, ’81 and ’83 in Waterland, Noord en de Akkers respectively. The Central Library of Spijkenisse, a new library, opened on the Breestoep in ’81. However, the great success didn’t last long. Two budget cuts, in ’86 and ’91, changed everything for the newly opened locations. Between 1993 and 1999, the three new locations, Noord, de Akkers and Waterland, had to close after more budget cuts. The Bibliobussen (mobile libraries) gave the resi-dents of Spijkenisse an easy way to get their books from December 1999, until 2012.

The Boekenberg: established in 2012

The Central Library on the Breestoep was forced to move in 2004. Its location was to be demolished so they moved to a temporary location, that was from then on known as the “Temporary Library”. The plans to build the Boekenberg were already made at that time. The Boekenberg as we now know it, has existed since 2012. The pyramid shaped building can be found on the Markt in Spijkenisse, right across the old church. It’s a location for the residents of Spijkenisse to come together, gain knowledge and get in-spired.