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Bibliotheca Thysiana


Visitor address:
Rapenburg 25
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.