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Closer collaboration NINO with Leiden University and the National Museum of Antiquities

The board of the Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO) has agreed on June 27 on a plan for closer collaboration with Leiden University and the National Museum of Antiquities (RMO). The plan includes the launch of a NINO research institute with an annual budget of approximately 300.000 euro.

In the future, the NINO library will be housed within the University Library as a distinct part of the projected Middle Eastern Library. There will be a 100% increase of the budget for acquisitions. The cuneiform collection will be temporarily stored in the RMO. The museum will be responsible for its conservation and a swift digitalization.

Maximum access

In order to secure maximum access of both the library and the tablet collection for the long term, the NINO board will soon get together with the staff and the users of the collections. The many signs of concern sent to the board are evidence of the significant role the NINO has played in the past.

The board is confident that the direction now taken will enable NINO to achieve its aims in the future as well.