The library of the NVIC is an academic reference library. The goal of the library is to support academic research and the teaching programmes of the NVIC in the fields of Arabic studies and Egyptology. However, the collection contains publications for a more generally interested public as well.
The NVIC library is an open, public friendly reference library, intended primarily for students and scientists from member institutions, but also for users of non-affiliated institutions and other nationalities. The main fields are Archaeology, Egyptology (incl. Coptic Studies, Papyrology, Hellenistic Studies) and Arabic studies.
The basis of the library was founded in 1971 at the opening of the NIAASC (Dutch Institute of Archaeology and Arabic Studies in Cairo) by purchasing the Egyptological / Archaeological library of the (in 1969) deceased British archaeologist and Egyptologist Professor W.B. Emery. During the first years, the collection was mainly built on occasional donations and exchanges.
Our collection now contains more than 16,000 titles in different languages, divided into a number of fields that deal mainly with Egypt and the Middle East. The books have been distributed to various areas throughout the institute. We also have a number of Western and Arabic Egyptian magazines and weekly and daily newspapers.
The NVIC has a significant film collection. We have both Dutch and Arabic films with subtitles. For more information about the films, please contact the librarian: Tine Lavent
At the NVIC library, visitors can make use of free WiFi. In addition, they have access to the digital library of the University of Leiden.