January 15, 2015 was a memorable day for the Library. After more than 39 years, we said farewell to our colleague Ingrid Kost. She will enjoy a well-deserved retirement. Time to do other things, such as babysitting and beekeeping. We will miss her as a colleague and as a friend.
Ingrid started her long career at the Library in August 1975 during the summer courses of the Hague Academy of International Law. Her work as a reference librarian international law consisted of desk work in the Reading Room and indexing the card catalogs. Four years later selection, documentation and subject indexing were added.
Mid 80s, Ingrid became Curator of the Library. Her new job consisted of the selection and purchase of all publications in the field of public and private international law, comparative and foreign law. Because this work was shared with colleague Fransje Markx, Ingrid focused primarily on publications from the United Kingdom and the world, excluding Europe. Ingrid was also our curator of Old Prints and of the Grotius and Peace collections. For various legal journals, she regurarly provided bibliographies.
In her farewell speech, Ingrid recalled the transformation of the Peace Palace, the seat of international law, over the years. On arrival in 1975, the Peace Palace consisted only of the main building and the book repository/Academy Building. She saw the Judges’ Wing (1978) and the current Library/Academy Building (2007) being constructed.
Ingrid's first years at the Palace were marked by a peaceful atmosphere. There were relatively few cases at the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the International Court of Justice. This obviously had an impact on the Library. Additionally the Library faced significant budget cuts at the time. Later on, from the early nineties, international law prospered again , and The Hague presented itself as the International City of Peace and Justice.
Financial resources increased and consequently the Peace Palace Library was able to manifest itself again as the Library of international law. With the opening of the new Library/Academy Building and the development of the digital Library, Ingrid was a witness and a participant of this transformation: from the paper catalogs to the online catalog, from the paper request forms to the Library card, from the Old Historic Reading Room to the current 'State of the art' Reading Room, and from paper to digital!
Thank you for your dedication, passion and warmth! We wish you all the best. Enjoy a well-deserved retirement. We will miss you!