Erasmus Huis - Library - Indonesia

Erasmus Huis

 The Erasmus Huis library offers a contemporary and inviting environment for reading, with an extensive collection in Dutch, English, and Bahasa Indonesia.

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The library of the Erasmus Huis is a friendly, modern and open space in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Jakarta. Feel free to just visit the library, to borrow books or to come and meet other people.

We have an extensive collection of around 15.000 titles, newspapers and magazines. We offer a wide range of Dutch literature. You can also find books on Indonesian history, and Dutch and Indonesian art and culture. We also have children’s books and some English and Indonesian books.

Before you can borrow books you need to become a library member, which is very easy.

Ms. Fadila Muhamad
Image: Ms. Fadila Muhamad

Meet our librarian

Ms. Fadila Muhamad has been a part of the embassy team for 16 years. During these years she has filled various positions in different departments. In her previous position she already joined the Cultural and Communication Department of the embassy.

During her university years – where she studied Dutch language, she has been a regular visitor of the Erasmus Huis library which felt and still feels like home, so when the previous librarian retired she was happy to fulfill this responsibility. “This library brings people from different backgrounds together. People come here to find specific books, to do research, meet up with friends or just out of curiosity”. If visitors have any questions about the library, books to read or any other requests please feel free to contact her or reach out to our social media channels.

The library of Erasmus Huis is a modern and open space in the middle of Jakarta’s lively atmosphere. The library welcomes you to read, borrow books, connect with fellow visitors, or even just admire the beauty of its interior.

The collection of the Erasmus Huis library comprises an extensive array of around 9000 titles. With an emphasis on Dutch literature, the library collection also includes a selection of children’s books, English and Indonesian translations of Dutch novels, and other publications related to the relations between the Netherlands and Indonesia.

Opening Times

Tuesday - Saturday
10:00 - 16:00
(Monday, Sunday and public holidays are closed)

Be a Member

To borrow books from the Erasmus Huis Library, you need to become a member. The annual membership fee is Rp50.000,- (cash only), allowing you to borrow up to 3 books at a time with a maximum period of 3 weeks.

 We kindly ask members to handle books with care, to ensure an enjoyable reading experience for everyone.

More Than Books

Beyond its primary function as a literary haven, the Erasmus Huis library is a vibrant hub for idea exchange, providing a flexible setting for seminars and workshops. We have collaborated with our literary partners to organize inspiring programs such as read-aloud sessions with TaCita (Pesta Cerita Anak) and book discussions with Pulau Imaji. With its aesthetically pleasing interior, the library has also evolved into a distinguished venue for hosting notable guests, from renowned authors such as Marion Bloem and Vamba Sherif to esteemed visitors like Dutch ministers and the King and Queen.

Visiting times

Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 16:00 hrs.
Monday, Sunday  & Public Holidays  Monday, Sunday  & Public Holidays 

Library membership

In order to borrow books from the Erasmus Huis library, you need to become a member.

Annual membership fee is Rp. 50.000,-. Members can borrow up to 3 books at a time with a maximum lending period of 3 weeks. 
We ask library members to handle all books with care, so others can enjoy reading them too.

To become a member please visit our library.