May 20, 2022

National Library of the Netherlands Appoints New Director

From Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands):

The Board of Governors of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the National Library of the Netherlands, has appointed Lily Knibbeler as the new Director General of the National Library.

Following the departure of Bas Savenije last year, dr. E.J.B. Knibbeler has served as the acting Director General, and she has now been appointed full-time in this position with effect from 1 July. The National Library also has a female Director General for the first time in its history.


Dr. E.J.B. Knibbeler (1968) has gained extensive experience as a manager at various levels in the KB. Her last position – which she held since 1 January 2012 – was that of the Head of the Marketing & Services division. She achieved some significant results in the complex portfolio of copyright for digital services. Her experience in the academic and culture sectors, her attention to the needs and wishes of scholars, students and the general public and her focus on ‘the customer’ make her the right candidate for the position of Director General. Elco Brinkman (Chairman of the Board of Governors) on the appointment: ‘Mrs Knibbeler has proven over the past six months that she is capable of providing leadership in the changing organisation of the KB, resulting from the merger of its traditional and new roles, and the repositioning of the KB in this new role. The Board of Governors is confident that we have made the right decision by appointing Mrs Knibbeler.’

Lily Knibbeler about her new position: ‘I ’m very motivated to implement the new social role of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek. The place of the national library is now, more than ever, at the centre of society; in the network of library partners we are working together to enable everyone in the Netherlands to become more decisive, more creative and smarter.’

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