The Netherlands Institute in Türkiye is a research center dedicated to the study of Türkiye and surrounding regions through the ages. It conducts historical and archaeological research, and aims to support studies in the humanities and social sciences that have a bearing on Türkiye, by scholars as well as students, from the Netherlands and other countries.
The NIT was founded in 1958 as a subsidiary institute of the Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO), located in Leiden, the Netherlands. Until 2005, it was named Netherlands Historical-Archaeological Institute. Until that same year, the NIT was based at the Palais de Hollande, the Netherlands Consulate-General and former embassy on Istiklal Caddesi. In 2006, the institute moved to its current premises.
From the late 1970s onwards, the NIT has been actively involved in archaeological excavation projects in Türkiye. The architectural history of the Ottoman period, especially of the Balkans, forms a second focus of research, having begun by former director Machiel Kiel.
The NIT organizes conferences, lectures and workshops, and coordinates the Turkish Studies Program in Istanbul on behalf of the Leiden University. Please visit www.nit-istanbul.org for more detailed information about the institute.
The NIT’s well-equipped scientific library has served several generations of students and researchers and continues to serve the scholarly community in Istanbul.
With its 15,000 books and 9,000 journal volumes, the main subject areas of the library are:
- Archaeology and Architectural History of Anatolia, the Near East and the Balkans. Subject categories include excavation reports, architecture, art, material science studies, environmental and geoarchaeology. All periods and to the end of the Ottoman Period are represented, with an emphasis on prehistory.
- History and Languages of Anatolia and the Ancient Near East
- History and Cultural Heritage of Istanbul
- Art History of the Low Countries
The NIT library is a non-lending library. Photocopy and scanning services are available by taking the copyright law into consideration. Digital cameras can be used.
Please visit www.nit-istanbul.org/library for the library catalogue.