In the late 1980s and early 1990s the new library at Tilburg University was planned and built. Perhaps more than any library building in Europe, it became a model and a ‘must see’ for those planning libraries in preparation for the digital age. It is difficult to find a library or learning centre in Europe and beyond which was built in the last ten years, where the librarians and architects did not visit Tilburg. For their vision and strategy we pay tribute to the then librarian, Hans Geleijnse, his predecessor Leo Wieers, Solke Veling and the University Computer Centre, the board of Tilburg University and the architect Martien Janssen and all the others whom is it not possible to mention here (Geleijnse and Grootaers, 1994).