About TU Delft Library's Academic Heritage Team

Please note: you are currently viewing the beta version of TU Delft Library's academic heritage portal. This website contains demo material for testing purposes and does not yet provide access to the full digital special collections. Should you encounter any bugs or other issues, please don't hesitate to contact TU Delft Library. The first official release is scheduled for November 2020.

Since 2017, when TU Delft celebrated its 175th anniversary, the university has been raising the profile of its academic heritage by systematically curating its collections, initiating research projects and organising on-campus presentations in collaboration with students and academic staff.

This website provides access to the different facets of the academic heritage team of TU Delft Library: digital editions of exhibitions, (digitised) items from the special collections and research output. The special collections consist of the Museum Collection and Trésor:

  • The Museum Collection includes objects that draw on TU Delft's institutional history, academic education and research. The items range from measuring instruments, course material, demonstration devices and research collections, to art, such as professorial portraits. The collection contains around 6,500 objects. The objects can be loaned under museum conditions for public exhibitions hosted on or off the campus.
  • The Trésor includes historic books, journals, maps, photographs and prints from before 1900. Their age, rarity, value or vulnerability is what makes them special. The Trésor also collects TU Delft output that is not usually included in academic journals, such as speeches, dissertations and lecture notes.


Built according to the specifications of the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF), the website aims to promote creative reuse of the digital collections. For example, a special tool developed to curate digital exhibitions will become publicly available. More information about the project and its use of IIIF can be found in this Medium article by Digirati's Technology Director Tom Crane: Reaching into collections to tell stories.

Winter/spring 2020

  • Management of IIIF-collections
  • Relationships between items and publications
  • Further development of the IIIF manifest editor
  • Various smaller improvements

Fall 2020

  • Publication of selected digital special collections
  • Search implementation
  • Persistent links
  • Official release


  • Publication of additional digital special collections
  • Improved shareability of collections, items and exhibitions
  • Improved mobile experience
  • Workflow to accept exhibitions made by visitors
  • Download options (PDFs and high resolution images)
  • Licenses for images and metadata reuse

2022 and later

  • Display and searchability of OCR data
  • WorldCat integration
  • Table of contents for items



Academic Heritage Team, TU Delft Library

Graphic design

Studio Mellegers van Dam (Adriaan Mellegers and Vanessa van Dam)

Wireframes and style sheets

Joel Galvez



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Kindly supported by Histechnica, the friends association for TU Delft's Academic Heritage. With thanks to Alastair Dunning and Glen Robson.