Medieval manuscripts in Dutch Collections
Medieval manuscripts in Dutch Collections

Regionaal Archief Leiden

Boisotkade 2A
2311 PZ Leiden
Phone: +31 (0)71 516 53 55
Fax: + (0)71 516 59 50

P.O. box 16113
2301 GC Leiden
The Netherlands
Visiting hours:
Monday: 13.00-17.00
Tuesday to Friday: 9.30-17.00
Saturday: 9.00-13.00
Regionaal Archief Leiden
How to reach us?

The walk from the train station Leiden Centraal takes about 20 minutes.
You can also take the bus: line 28 (direction Roomburgh-Zaalbergweg), bus stop: Witte Singel/Jan van Houtkade; or lines 32, 40, 41, 42, or 45 (direction center), bus stop: Korevaarstraat.
From the Train Station Leiden Lammenschans you can walk (15 minutes) or take the bus: lines 32, 40, 41, 42 or 45 (directions Train Station Leiden Centraal), bus stop: Korevaarstraat.

Number of manuscripts in the collection(s)
  • ‘Gesloten kast’ library: 9 manuscripts from the 15th and 16th century (LB and AB)

  • Leidse Bibliotheek (unfortunately this part of the library is not searchable by period!): 1111 manuscripts, 107 manuscripts (most of them after 1550), 36 manuscripts (after 1550).

  • “Leidse”, respectively “Algemene Bibliotheek”: LB 317 fd and pl (loose fragments of medieval manuscripts and from later periods from bookbindings); AB 6618 p (over a dead from around 1539)

  • Archives: Via the webpage: 448 records (1200-1550), where approximately 225 pieces are from the Middle ages.

  • Via digitised files at the reading room: 6075 records (1200-1550)

Most of these are achival material


  • Library RAL: searchable in the reading room (for medieval manuscripts you must search with various keywords!) Typed catalogues in the reading room (until ca. 1995 updated), as well as typed catalogues from special collections of books in the ´gesloten kast’.

  • Archives RAL: searchable partly on the webpage, partly in the reading room (it is possible to diminish the search by making the choice for the years 1200-1550).

Printed catalogues

Printed inventories: Stadsarchief 1253-1574, Archieven van de Kloosters, Kerken, Gasthuizen, Stadsheerlijkheden- en Vroonwateren,  Gilden, HG-Weeshuis, etc.

Contact person

Ms. Bernata Hengstmengel-Koopmans, archivist and Ms. Ingrid Pot-Noordman, librarian. Mail to:

Procedure for ordering manuscripts

Reservations can be made directly at the counter. For reading documents on Saturdays you must make a reservation before Friday 15.00 (this can be done by phone)

Other information about the collection

A large part of the manuscripts which are in the library of the Regionaal Archief (‘gesloten kast’), come from the Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal (were transferred in 1961 to the Archives).

Copyright information

Copyright must be requested from this institution.

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