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The NIAS Library and reading room are situated in a comfortable loft on the 3rd floor of the St Jorishof Building. Fellows come here to pick up the books and publications they ordered, to read quietly or to browse the NIAS Library collection. The NIAS Library works closely together with the neighbouring Bushuis Library (KNAW).

Opening Hours and Contact

The NIAS library is freely accessible for fellows and KNAW staff members during the opening hours of the building. Staff will be present on Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 12.30. The NIAS Library staff can be contacted via: library@nias.knaw.nl.

For further assistance or questions you can visit the KNAW HuC library office (Spinhuis 0.13) or the Bushuis library (Tuesday-Thursday 9.00-16.30).

The NIAS library does not lend books to persons outside the Institute. However, anyone who is interested is welcome to visit the reading room. Please contact Erwin Nolet (Library Coordinator, 020-2246708) to make a viewing appointment.

The NIAS and Bushuis Library Collections

The NIAS library collection mainly covers the humanities and social sciences and is made up of publications by NIAS fellows, written as part of their project. There is a small reference section and the collection also includes books submitted by fellows as part of their fellowship application as well as books of interest donated to the library by former fellows.

NIAS fellows can also make use of the Bushuis library, situated on the third floor of the nearby Bushuis, which covers the research areas of linguistics, ethnology, history, folk music and folk tales, and history of science.

NIAS fellows can borrow books from both the NIAS library and the Bushuis library. Together they offer approximately 100,000 books and journals.

NIAS Library Services

The NIAS library also provides a lending request service for fellows. Book and article requests can be prepared via the NIAS Library Request System, available on any desktop computer on the premises. The staff will process the requests, which are usually delivered within several days. Fellows can pick up their requested items from the library.


The joint NIAS & Bushuis library catalogue can be searched here (in Dutch).

If you want to see which books have been written and collected during NIAS’ history, you can browse the NIAS part of the library catalogue.


Within the NIAS building fellows have access to millions of scientific works: