“The Sächsische Staats-, Landes- und Universitätsbibliothek (Saxon State, Land and University Library, or SLUB for short) is a repository of books and documents, photo collections and treasures of art such as a Gutenberg Bible and an ancient edition of the Koran which are on public display in a special vault. SLUB is also a place where students can obtain digital access and use various other modern media such as 3D printers.
Much of university life goes on in this place which so effectively connects the past with the present and the future. Unfortunately, my duties no longer permit me to actively engage in research or teaching. As the rector of an institution with 40,000 staff and students and an annual budget of more than 600 million euros, my primary role has to be managerial. But when I receive visitors who are not from Dresden, I always take them on a tour of the library.”