The Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica Foundation has been designated as a Charity (ANBI) by the Dutch Inland Revenue Office on 28 December 2009 and is therefore committed to publishing the following information on its website.

The aims of the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica Foundation

To harness the BPH’s recognized field of specialization, the Christian Hermetic gnosis, and to continue to expand the collection and the accumulated expertise within the BPH as a specialized research library with its own publishing house and research institute and lodge it within the public domain.

To engage in strategic alliances with libraries, museums and other public and educational institutions to develop the public and dialogue functions of the BPH.

To build an online community, a Hermetically Open ‘learning lab environment’, encouraging an active and interdisciplinary exchange between scholars all over the world, and between the spiritual heritage of Western Europe and that of other cultures.

To raise the profile of the library, deeply rooted in the city of Amsterdam as it is, as a meeting place for sciences, the arts and religion, in accordance with the freedom of religion, freedom of expression and freedom of printing which made Amsterdam famous in the Golden Age.

Policy plan and budget for the years 2012 – 2014 & Annual report 2012 to mid 2013

Pdf  Dutch

Pdf  English

Annual report

Pdf  2012 Dutch

Pdf  2013 Dutch

Pdf 2014 Dutch

The board of the Stichting Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica

Mirjam Duivenvoorden – Ritman (chairman)
Maarten Meijer (secretary)
Carel Hes (treasurer)
Hedy d’ Ancona (member of the board)

All activities carried out by the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica Foundation board are non-salaried and non-chargeable.

The BPH employs two regular staff members, director and librarian Esther Ritman and assistant director Rixande Oosterwijk. Both are employed for an indefinite period on the basis of a 40 hour working week. The terms of employment are laid down in employment contracts.

Contact details

Stichting Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica
Bloemstraat 13-19
1016 KV Amsterdam
+31 20 625 80 79
RSIN 813557045 KvK 34134616
VAT no. NL813557045B01

IBAN NL80RABO0118797425