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 44,000 titles, consists of monographs and periodicals, all catalogued. The online catalogue is available via the search box (top of this page), or through https://catalogue.leidenuniv.nl, under the subcategory “Leiden collections”. Visitors can consult this catalogue on two computers in the library.
Coming in 2024: Middle Eastern Library
Leiden University is currently realizing a new Humanities Campus on and around the Witte Singel. As part of this project, the NINO library and offices will move to new premises in 2024, together with Leiden University’s academic staff in the relevant fields. The new location, 150 metres away from NINO’s present building, will be connected to the main University Library.
The NINO collections will be integrated in the Middle Eastern Library. Visitors will enjoy significantly extended opening hours, including weekends, and will gain access to a range of other services compliant with UBL policy.
The library of the National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden) is open to students and researchers. It holds more than 30,000 titles on the museum’s collecting areas, including Ancient Egypt and the Ancient Near East. Please visit the RMO website for more information on opening hours and policy.
The NINO Library is open Monday to Friday 9.00-17.00 hrs.
If you are planning to visit our library in summer 2023, please note: ongoing preparations for the move to our new premises may cause nuisance.
The NINO Library catalogue is part of Leiden University Libraries’ catalogue. Our collection is marked Leiden Collections: NINO Library. Use the search box above to search specifically in our collection.
New books in the NINO Near Eastern Library are listed as New acquisitions on the Ancient Near East (incl. Egypt), part of Leiden University Libraries acquistions lists.
As of 2018 the NINO Near Eastern Library is curated by Leiden University Libraries (UBL). As part of this new collaboration, the library now operates with twice its old acquisition budget for publications on the Ancient Near East and related subjects. The improved financial basis guarantees the maintenance and further expansion of the collections including e-publications.
The NINO Near Eastern Library does not loan out books and journal volumes. NINO Library collection items that have been relocated to Leiden University Libraries Closed Stack are available for loan; special items can be consulted in the Special Collections Reading Room. Each item’s availability is indicated in the catalogue.
A multifunctional machine is available in the NINO Library for photocopying and scanning, to be used with a valid LU-Card.
Work stations (computers) in all university libraries, including the NINO Library, can only be used with an ULCN account/LU Card. Wifi is available with eduroam.