Bibliotheca Thysiana

Leiden, Netherlands

The Bibliotheca Thysiana was erected in 1655 to house the book collection of the lawyer Johannes Thysius (1621–1653). Upon his early death, he left a legacy of 20,000 guilders for the building of a public library with a custodian's dwelling. Designed by the architect Arent van ‘s-Gravensande, the building follows the Dutch Classical style and is regarded as one of the jewels of Dutch 17th-century architecture.

The Bibliotheca Thysiana is the only surviving 17th century example in the Netherlands of a building that was designed as a public library. It is quite extraordinary that a complete private 17th century library has been preserved and thus offers a good impression of the book collection of a young, learned bibliophile from the period of late Humanism. The collection contains about 2,500 books and thousands of pamphlets in all scientific fields.



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Founded: 1655
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Netherlands


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Martin Lamboo (8 months ago)
A Wayfarer's Tale, Dipa (8 months ago)
During our visit to the Bibliotheca Thysiana in Leiden, we couldn't go inside, but its history is truly fascinating. This library was built a long time ago in the 17th century by a man named Johannes Thysius, who wanted to share his books with everyone. Although we couldn't explore it up close, we were still amazed by the beautiful old building and the thought of people reading and learning here for centuries. It was a glimpse into the past, and we left with a greater appreciation for history and knowledge.
John van der Heijden (2 years ago)
Paulien Leeuwenburgh (5 years ago)
Het geluk gehad hier bij de open monumentendag2018 binnen te kijken. Prachtig gebouw!
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