During the First World War, the library, then housed in the University Hall, was destroyed by fire. In the 1920s, with the help of American funding, the Leuven library rose again from the ashes in a new building built in the Flemish Renaissance style on the Mgr. Ladeuzeplein. The Carillon - with its 63 bells, the largest in the country - was also funded by the benefactors. One million books are currently housed in and around the impressive reading room.