Please, take a look at the Corona Virus Updates web page first. Do you have any other question about our services or need help in searching for information? Ask the Library via:
Do you have a question about our heritage collections? Then please contact the Allard Pierson Research Room directly.
WhatsApp: 06 - 10 71 72 10
On weekdays from 09:00 to 17:00.
Phone: 020 - 525 14 05
On weekdays from 09:00 to 18:30.
It is currently only possible for UvA students to study in the Library. Reservations in advance are still required. Read more information on our page about reserving a study space.
Due to the corona measures, it is only possible to print and / or copy at the University Library Singel, Science Park and the Library Learning Centre (REC H, Roeterseiland Campus).
For all UvA buildings with printing facilities, please check out the UvA web page about Buildings and Facilities.
The regular way of lending laptops with Chrome OS (Chromebooks) for one day is currently not possible. If you urgently need a Chromebook for a longer period, for example for an online exam or because your own laptop is under repair, you can submit a request via the Library contact form. The number of Chromebooks is limited. For those who need a laptop, there is the option to rent one via Studiepc.nl (with a discount via Surfspot).
Due to new corona measures following the latest press conference, it is not possible to make use of study spaces with desktop PC in the library.
Yes. Face masks must be worn by everyone moving around inside the UvA buildings, including all library locations. You may remove your face mask once you have taken your seat. Do you prefer to keep it on? Then of course that is allowed.
UvA students and staff and external borrowers can request printed materials via CataloguePlus. Currently, the only available pick-up location is the University Library Singel. The open collections on the University Library Singel are currently not accessible.
Please note: Books from the collection of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool van Amsterdam) cannot be requested via CataloguePlus. UvA students and staff as well as external borrowers can visit the AUAS locations and borrow on site. UvA students and employees can also choose to request printed material from the AUAS via our contact form.
Due to the corona period and measures taken, the delivery of material may take longer than you are used to. When the material is ready for you, you will receive a pick-up notification by email.
Some materials can unfortunately not (yet) be requested via CataloguePlus:
For other books / materials that cannot be requested, please contact us via Ask the Library.
Materials that are not reserved by another borrower, can be renewed. Please contact us for this via the contact form. For those who are unable to return books at the UB Singel, there is an option to send them to us by post. Please, send them to:
Universiteitsbibliotheek van Amsterdam
1000 GD Amsterdam
Some postal services (e.g. DHL) do not deliver to p.o. boxes (postbussen). In that case, send your package to:
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Reference Postbus 19185 (Universiteitsbibliotheek)
1105 BD Amsterdam
Due to the processing time of the mail, it may take some time for the books to be removed from your account.
UvA staff and students can submit a request. The Library will check whether the material can be supplied digitally. Keep in mind that it may all take longer than usual, and not everything can be delivered.
Requests can be made via the form on the contact page (choose the option 'Request materials'). Please state clearly what you need (title and author, journal title, pages, etc.). There is also a Manual Requesting material.
You do not need a VPN to consult the digital collections. By logging in to CataloguePlus at the top right hand, you get access to the digital collections.
Under external borrowers are understood: private borrowers, alumni and borrowers from other universities or affiliated institutions.
From 22 March, external borrowers can again request printed materials via CataloguePlus and collect them at the University Library Singel. Returns are also only possible at the University Library Singel. It is not possible for external borrowers to study in the library or to reserve a study place. It is also not possible to consult materials from the open collections or to use the public PCs (consultation digital collection).