The Netherlands Institute for the Near East

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

Access to digital publications

In addition to our collections of printed publications, the NINO Library holds a growing number of scholarly publications in digital form.

Online publications and resources – books and journals as well as databases – in the collections of the NINO Library can be accessed through the central catalogue of Leiden University Libraries (access with ULCN account).

The UBL Subject guide on Ancient Near East Studies, compiled by the NINO Subject Librarians, lists a wealth of online resources. Please note that due to restricted licenses, most of these digital resources are available only through Leiden University’s digital network.

Access with LU Card/ULCN account

Holders of a valid LU Card have a connected ULCN account, which can be used to log into work stations (computers) at Leiden University’s premises. When logged in, one has full access to all materials offered by UBL including the NINO Library. Outside university premises access to certain materials may be restricted.

The LU Card functions as a library card. Please note that the NINO Library does not loan out books or journals. The main University Library does loan out publications – log into the UBL catalogue to borrow materials. Use your LU Card to make photocopies or scans at a multifunctional machine: top up the balance to your account at one of the “PinPoint” machines. 

Leiden University staff and students are issued a LU Card (with ULCN account) at employment or enrollment. Staff and students at other Dutch universities may obtain a library card (LU Card) from the central UBL desk without a fee: please refer to the UBL website for conditions and application.

NINO Visiting Research Fellows hold a LU Card (with ULCN account) for the duration of their Fellowship.

Other visitors, including NINO grantees, can obtain a LU Card from the central UBL desk. To several categories of visitors (such as alumni, and staff of certain higher education institutions) no fee is charged; please refer to the UBL website for more information. For visitors without affiliation, the annual fee for a LU Card is € 30.