2311 GG Leiden
The Bibliotheca Thysiana can be visited by appointment only.
A guided tour of ca. an hour costs €125,- for groups up to 20 persons. The Elsevier Room on the ground flour is available for meetings and receptions at a cost of €150,- per session (morning/afternoon; supervision and additional costs not included).
The Bibliotheca Thysiana is the only Dutch book collection from the seventeenth century which is housed in the original purpose-built library. The collection contains some 2,500 books and several thousand pamphlets on a great variety of subjects.
The library was founded by testament in 1653 by the young Dutch legal expert Johannes Thysius (1622-1653).
Material from the collection can be requested via the Catalogue and consulted in the Special Collections Reading Room.
The collection guides provide more information about the content of the collection.