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Building the Library

Leiden University is building a new Middle Eastern Library. This new library will lie at the heart of Cluster Zuid on the new Humanities Campus and will endeavour to provide a sense of community, a pleasant study and working environment and modern facilities for researchers and students in Middle Eastern Studies.

Building the Middle Eastern Library (MEL) is part of the Humanities Campus project which is transforming the Witte Singel Doelen-complex into a vibrant hub for the University and the city community. The MEL is planned to be opened at the start of the 2024-25 academic year.

The building will accommodate learning and research space and provide:

  • capacity for around 100 new study places
  • an extensive reference collection in open stacks
  • an information desk

Furthermore, the Cluster Zuidbuilding itself will feature over 700 study spots, 20 group study rooms and several hot coffee spots.


The MEL is connected to the University Library by an enclosed pedestrian bridge allowing direct access from and to the University Library, the Asian Library and the Special Collections Reading Room.

African Library

Next to the Middle Eastern Library, the university will open a new African Library.

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