The Netherlands Institute for the Near East

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

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About NINO library

The NINO library is an academic research library, open for the public but mostly used by researchers and students from Leiden University and other universities in the Netherlands and abroad – we welcome an average of 9,000 visitors yearly. The collection is directly accessible for visitors and meant primarily for study purposes; books cannot be borrowed. The NINO library collection contains an increasing number of digital resources.

The main fields of interest are Egyptology, Assyriology, archaeology, and the Ancient Near East in general. Other subjects are the Middle East, including Turkey, Iran, Islamic art and architecture, Hebrew studies and archaeological reports from the Levant area (F. Scholten collection). Since 2000 acquisition is mainly restricted to the fields of Egyptology, Assyriology and archaeology of the Near East.

The library includes special collections on travel literature and country descriptions, as well as the legacies of G.H. de Knegt (Egyptian art), R. Hoogland (Islamic art and architecture), D. van der Meulen (travel literature), and the Rudolph Said-Ruete/Seyyidah Salme collection (Near and Middle East). It also hosts an impressive collection of dynamic and static periodicals for all the categories available in the collection. Beside publications in western languages there are many publications in Hebrew, Arabic, Persian and Turkish and several other non-western languages.

The collection, about 43,000 titles, consists of monographs and periodicals, all catalogued. The online catalogue is available via the search box (top of this page), or through, under the subcategory “Leiden collections”. Visitors can consult this catalogue on two computers in the library.

Opening hours

The NINO library is open to visitors on weekdays from 9.00 a.m. to 17.00 p.m. The library is located on the second floor.

* The library will be closed:

  • Wednesday 3 October 2018: “Leidens Ontzet” (1574)
  • Wednesday 5 December 2018: “Sinterklaas” eve, early closure 15.00 hrs
  • Monday 24 December 2018–Tuesday 1 January 2019: Christmas and New Year holidays


Postal address

P.O.Box 9515
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

T+31 (0)71-527 20 39

See also Staff (contact information).