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.
In the coming years, Leiden University will realize 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 2022/2023, 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 and 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.
This is in accordance with Leiden University and UBL measures against the corona virus, which are based on the policy instated by the Dutch government.
Until (at least) 23 August 2021, access to the NINO library remains restricted: 25 study places available only to students and PhD students of the departments of ONOS, CAC, and Archaeology of the Near East of Leiden University, and to NINO fellows; Monday through Thursday 9.00-14.00 hrs, reservation mandatory. Wear a mask over mouth and nose when standing or walking in the library. Full information is found here.
Upcoming closing dates in 2021:
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 acquisitions of Leiden University Libraries are listed according to subject. 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. A multifunctional machine is available for photocopying and scanning, to be used with a valid LU-Card.