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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 over 27,000 books, journals, offprints, early printed books, and auction catalogues. There are publications on all the museums 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).

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Visiting the library

To ensure that we can assist you in the best possible way, please send us an e-mail (bibliotheek@rmo.nl) before your visit, explaining your wishes. Then we can get the books you need ready for you to consult.

  • address: Papengracht 30 (behind the museum), 2311 TX Leiden
  • opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
  • contact: Tel. +31 (0)71 5163 159 or +31 (0)71 5163 124 or by email: bibliotheek@rmo.nl

Books that have been published before 1900, unfortunately cannot be copied or scanned. Taking photos (without flash) is allowed.

Volunteers

Since 2008 a group of dedicated volunteers has been working here 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. Dont forget to bring a valid ID with you when you come to visit the library.

Search catalog

Through the search fields, you can find almost 30,000 titles in the library catalog. Make a note of the signature in case you want to request books.

Search tip: You can also search for part of a word. Type that in the search field and put a * behind it, for example: rom*