How to find old and rare books
The Special Collections of the UvA Library has a large collection of works printed before 1850. Most of them can be found in the UvA Catalogue. The titles that are not in the online catalogue can be found either in the card catalogue in the main Reading Room of the Special Collections or in the one at the Artis Library.
Online - Netherlands
Old books not in the UvA collections can be found in the following freely accessible databases:
- Delpher: books from 1700-1870 at the UvA Special Collections, University Library Leiden and the National Library. Delpher also includes newspaper articles.
- Database Books and manuscripts of the Special Collections [Dutch interface] Click Toon alle titels for an alphabetical listing.
- Coornherts Wercken: the works of Dirck Folckertszoon Coornhert (1522 - 1590) [Dutch interface]
- Book illustrations image database [Dutch interface]
- Digital highlights of the National Library[Dutch interface]
- Digitale Bibliotheek voor de Nederlandse Letteren (DBNL): the digital library of Dutch literature.
- Dutch Pamphlets Online
Online - international
The following databases are accessible to students and staff of the UvA:
These text archives are freely accessible: