KERN Institute Library

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The Kern Institute Library is the most important research library on Indology in the Netherlands. The collection consists of 60.000 books and 150 magazines in the area of languages and cultures of South and Central Asia. Furthermore, there is a special collection on the arts and religions of Southeast Asia, especially in Indonesia. The books and the magazines of the former Documentation Centre South Asia have been integrated in the KERN collection. The books are organised according to the Leiden library system, the magazines are alphabetically organised according to title.


The collection of the Kern Institute Library is currently available at the main Leiden University Library.

Witte Singel 27
2311 BG Leiden
The Netherlands

Postal address
PO Box 9501
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands 

Phone: +31 (0)71 527 28 14

Delivery address for parcel post
Maliebaan 30
2311 CC Leiden

Regular opening hours
Monday to Friday 8h30 - 24h00
Saturday 09h30 - 17h00 uur
Sunday 13h00 - 22h00 uur
Please note:
Desk: Monday to Friday 08h30 - 19h00
Special Collections Reading Room 09h00 - 17h30
Modified opening hours:
Sunday 1 January, New Year's Day Closed
Sunday 8 April, Easter Sunday Closed
Monday 9 April, Easter Monday Closed
Monday 30 April, Queen's Day Closed
Thursday 17 May, Ascension Day Closed
Sunday 27 May, Whitsun Closed
Monday 28 May, Whitsun Closed
Monday 9 July to (inc) Sunday 19 August, summer recess:
- Monday to Friday Open: 08h30 - 18h00
- Saturday Open: 13h00 - 17h00
- Sunday Closed
- Special Collections Reading Room: Monday to Friday 09h00 - 17h00
Tuesday 2 October, day before Leiden's Relief Open: 08h30 - 18h00
Wednesday 3 October, Leiden's Relief Closed
Monday 24 December, Christmas Eve Open: 08h30 - 18h00
Tuesday 25 December, Christmas Closed
Wednesday 26 December, Boxing Day Closed
Monday 31 December, New Year's Eve Open: 08h30 - 18h00
Tuesday 1 January 2013, New Year's Day Closed

Last Modified: 22-06-2012