The Netherlands Institute for the Near East

Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten  -  Institut nĂ©erlandais du Proche-Orient

About NINO

The Netherlands Institute for the Near East is a pillar of Dutch research on the Ancient Near East and Egypt. NINO maintains an internationally renowned open-shelf library, holds important collections of cuneiform tablets and other Near Eastern objects, publishes scientific journals and monographic series, and offers a variety of funding instruments.

The Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO) facilitates scientific research on the ancient Near East, including Egypt. From its location at Leiden University, NINO provides excellent research facilities and a variety of instruments in support of students and researchers working locally and remotely. The Institute aims to advance knowledge of the history, languages, and archaeology of the ancient Near East, including Egypt, in the Netherlands and worldwide.

The NINO Near Eastern Library, internationally renowned as one of the most complete study collections in the fields of Egyptology, Assyriology, Hittitology, archaeology of the Near East and connected studies, is curated by Leiden University Libraries (UBL).

The NINO Research Centre is part of Leiden University’s Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS).

NINO owns several collections, notably the De Liagre Böhl Collection: the largest collection of cuneiform inscriptions in the Netherlands. The National Museum of Antiquities (RMO) displays a number of highlights in its permanent exhibition. As of 2019 the Böhl Collection is curated by the Museum.

The NINO Research Centre offers various fellowships and grants. With Peeters Publishers, Leuven, it publishes several series and journals.

More information is found in this brochure (July 2018).


The Foundation NINO is governed by a Curatorium (Board of Governors). As of January 2018 the Foundation NINO has entered into a close cooperation agreement with Leiden University and the National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden. Read more in this news message (22 December 2017).

The Foundation NINO is a “Public Benefit Organisation” under Dutch law. Information relevant to the ANBI status is found on this page.

De Stichting NINO is door de Nederlandse overheid erkend als Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling (ANBI). Op de volgende pagina vindt u de relevante gegevens.