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Library services for UvA alumni

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Home access to EBSCO databases

UvA alumni have access to two important EBSCO databases: Academic Search Alumni and Business Source Alumni.

Academic Search Alumni is a multidisciplinary database with the full-text articles from over 3000 peer-reviewed journals in many disciplines.
Want to learn quickly how Academic Search Alumni works? See the demos.

Business Source Alumni gives access to the full-text articles from over 1400 journals in the fields of economics and business, of which 750 are peer reviewed.
Want to learn quickly how Business Source Alumni works? See the demos.


ERIC is the most important database for education. It contains more than a million references from 1966 up to the present. ERIC is also available in a free version with more than 200,000 full-text publications.
Clip (5 min.) about searching ERIC.

RefWorks for UvA alumni

RefWorks allows you to build your own literature database. References may be imported from catalogues, databases or Google Scholar. With the Write-N-Cite tool you can add references or bibliographies to Word documents.

More information on RefWorks.


UvA alumni are welcome in all UvA libraries. The opening hours vary for each library.
In the University Library at Singel 425 you are welcome during the same time window as students and staff. 


The Library can help you find what you are looking for. Check out our web pages for tips and help, or if you have a question, Ask the Library.

Access to electronic resources, for example articles from e-journals, is possible only within the UvA domain. Please, use the general access computers in the library. These computers are for library use only and do not provide free access to the internet.

And finally, some websites give access to academic open access resources (PDF). 

Copying, printing, scanning

There are photocopy machines in all UvA libraries. Printing is limited to articles from our electronic resources. Payment for copying and printing is by prepaid card. You can buy prepaid cards at the library desk in the Information Centre of the University Library. Payment is by switch card or credit card.

A number of printing/copying machines in various libraries function also as scanners. In the University Library at Singel there is a stand-alone bookscanner with a USB port, which is available to everybody. Scans must be saved on a USB memory stick. Scanning is free.


With a valid alumni card of the Amsterdamse Universiteits-Vereniging (AUV) and an ID, you are entitled to a free library card for borrowing at the libraries of UvA and HvA.

Published by  Library UvA

30 October 2018