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Using the search fields, you can find almost 30,000 titles in the library catalogue. Make a note of the classification number if you want to request a book.

    Visiting the library

    Are you a student, a researcher, or someone who takes an interest in antiquity? Come and pay a visit to the academic library of the National Museum of Antiquities. You will find a rich collection of almost 30,000 books, journals, offprints, early printed books, and auction catalogues. There are publications on all the museum’s various collecting areas: Ancient Egypt, the classical world (Greeks, Romans, and Etruscans), the ancient Near East, and the early history of the Netherlands (until 1500).

    • Visiting address: Papengracht 30 (our office building behind the museum), 2311 TX Leiden
    • Open on Tuesday to Friday, from 12:00 to 16:00

    Unfortunately, it is not permissible to copy or scan any book that was published before 1900. However, taking photos (without flash) is allowed.


    Since 2008 a group of dedicated volunteers has been working here to keep the library in good order and to receive visitors. The library is open to all: admission and consulting the books and other publications are free of charge. It is not possible to borrow books; you can consult them in the library.

    • NB Do not forget to bring a valid ID with you when you come to visit the library.