The Botanical library focuses, as its name suggests, on botany. We have a large collection of books, journals, reprints but also plant illustrations. All those studying (the evolution of) botanical diversity are welcome.
Naturalis library and Botanical library
Momentarily Naturalis has two libraries. The Botanical library, formerly part of the National Herbarium of the Netherlands – Leiden, has a large collection of botanical literature. Until 2017 this library is situated at Nieuwenhuizenweg 19 in Leiden.
We also offer various online services. Naturalis publications are, for example, obtainable through our institutional repository and our rare books will be available through BHL.
Library of the former National Herbarium of the Netherlands - Leiden
The botanical library of Naturalis has a rich collection of books, periodicals, plant illustrations and reprints that are indispensable for the study of the nature, evolution and origin of botanical diversity. More information on borrowing, membership, services and online databases can be found on the extended botanical library website.
The botanical library is open for visitors Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 16.30
2314 XP Leiden (view in Google Maps)
Phone: +31-(0)71 751 9223 / +31-(0)71 751 9222
Naturalis Biodiversity Center
P.O. Box 9517
2300 RA Leiden
Our rich collection of books, periodicals, plant illustrations and reprints is indispensable for the study of the nature, evolution and origin of botanical diversity. The collection consists of about 45,000 books, 100,000 journal volumes, 100,000 reprints, 90,000 microfiches and 40,000 plant illustrations.
Our rich collection of books, periodicals, plant illustrations and reprints is indispensable for the study of the nature, evolution and origin of botanical diversity. The collection consists of about 45,000 books, 100,000 journal volumes, 100,000 reprints, 90,000 microfiches and 40,000 plant illustrations (see below). At the moment the library holds more than 800 current journal subscriptions and exchanges. The library pursues an active exchange policy which is possible thanks to the many in-house publications of the institute, and which yields many rare acquisitions not commercially available. Books and serial works published before 1830 are part of our historical collection. These rare works are kept in closed stack in the Archives room and in the Folio room.
Also the following libraries are part of the Botanical Library:
- Royal Botanical Society of the Netherlands (KNBV)
- Van Tienhoven Foundation for International Nature Protection
The library serves a diverse clientele that includes, apart from our own staff and students, many colleagues from sister institutes from all over the world. And the library is also open to the public as a botanical reference library.
Pictorial collection (Icones)
The pictorial collection of the Botanical Library includes about 40,000 pictures. The valuable and historical collection (about 3,000 sheets) includes the original watercolours and drawings from the 17th century onwards. Many of them are filed under the name of the artists (Van der Vinne, P.J. Redouté, Kawahara Keiga etc.). Many others are either anonymous or copies. These are often filed under collectors names (D. van Royen, A. van Royen, Seba etc.).
The library is one of the founding members of the EBHL (European Botanical and Horticultural Libraries group).
Catalogues and libraries
You can search for books from the Botanical Library collection in N=Library (NEW catalogue of Naturalis Biodiversity Center).
- Leiden University library
- Leiden University Library Catalogue
- Hortus Botanicus library (Leiden Botanical Garden) (Dutch)
- Walaeus library (Leiden University Medical Center)
- Wageningen UR library catalogue
Our library has two public PC stations, one in the reading room and one in the library area. All visitors can consult the library catalogye N=Library.
The library provides study areas for its clients in the reading room (8 seats) as well as in the library area (14 seats).
We have a black-and-white photocopier and a colour multifunction printer in the room facing the reading room.
The PC station in the library is connected to a black-and-white printer located on the library counter.