He Cervantes Institute will yield to the University of Alcalá de Henares (UAH) almost 10,000 documents related to learning Spanish as a foreign language, that the centennial educational institution will deposit in its library, where any interested person will be able to consult them.
This is contemplated in the loan agreement (use loan) signed by the director of Cervantes, Luis García Montero, and the vice-rector for Research and Transfer of the UAH, Javier de la Mata, in the presence of the rector, José Vicente Saz Pérez .
Specifically, the Cervantes Institute lends the alcalaína university part of its collection specialized in courses and learning materials in spanishas well as historical materials on his teaching for non-Spanish speakers.
In total they add up 9,932 documents, among books, compact discs, games and folders with children’s materials, published both by Spanish publishers and in other countries.
This large bibliographic collection, which occupies about 180 linear meters of bookshelf, was located in the Cervantes library in Madrid. After the agreement, they are deposited in the library of that university, in the CRAI (Resource Center for Learning and Research).
The bulk of the group loan is signed by teaching materials of Spanish for foreigners, although there are also funds on applied linguistics and on Hispanicism. All this will be housed, jointly and indivisibly, in a differentiated space such as ‘Espacio Instituto Cervantes’ and marked as such.
It may be consulted by researchers, students or any other person interested in the knowledge of the Spanish language and culture for at least the ten (extendable) years of the loan agreement.
The library at the Instituto Cervantes headquarters, specialized in materials for learning Spanish, began its services for the organization’s internal use in 1992. Its first installation was on Calle Libreros de Alcalá de Henares, in the Colegio del Rey building, where maintains its spaces, although it does not offer service to the public on a regular basis.
Since then, all kinds of Spanish learning courses and materials published by Spanish publishers and some published in other countries have been acquired exhaustively.
Its section on teaching and learning Spanish as a foreign language is made up of general courses (about 5,000 documents, with a student’s book, teacher’s book and exercise book), specialized courses, children’s materials, graduate readings (about a thousand documents), games and other specific Spanish materials.
To all this are added more than 2,000 works on linguistics and applied linguistics (grammars, studies on the lexicon, stories of the language), as well as style books and theory on translation.