The Institute of Ancient Near Eastern Studies is a location of the Regional Studies branch of the university library. The institute's library offers an excellent collection of assyriological literature, twelve workstations, and a reading room. The library is strictly a reference library. Borrowing is not possible.

Work space in the journal room of the library for Ancient Near Eastern Studies. Photo: Janine Wende
Work space in the journal room of the library for Ancient Near Eastern Studies. Photo: Janine Wende

Holdings

The holdings of the institute's library include monographs, series, journals, and offprints covering all areas of Ancient Near Eastern Studies as well as important works on Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and Semitic Studies. The library's foundation is the private library of Prof. Dr. Heinrich Weissbach. Is was further expanded by the bequests donated to the Institute by two renowned former Leipzig students, the hittitologist Prof. Dr. Hans-Gustav Güterbock and the Assyriologist Prof. Dr. Wolfram von Soden. The private library of a student of Benno Landsberger, Hans-Siegfried Schuster, was also bequeathed to the institute. In 2012 the offprint collection of the Israeli orientalist Prof. Dr. Hayim Tadmor was added to the collection, in 2016 the journals from Prof. Manfred Weippert's private library and in 2018 also his monographs. The institute is therefore equipped with an excellent reference library to enable both students and researchers to explore all areas of Ancient Near Eastern Studies.

Layout

Layout of the library for Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Layout showing the three rooms of the reference library of the Institut of Ancient Near Eastern Studies.

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