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Would you like to be kept informed of our updates regarding the coronavirus? Keep an eye on our Coronavirus Updates web page.

Questions, suggestions or complaints?

Please, take a look at the Corona Virus Updates web page and / or our webpage on Maintenance and Downtown first.

Do you have any other question about our services or need help in searching for information? Ask the Library via:

Do you prefer to speak to someone directly? App or call us!

WhatsApp: 06 - 10 71 72 10 
On weekdays from 09:00 to 17:00.

Phone: 020 - 525 14 05
On weekdays from 10:00 to 16:00.

  • Guided Tours

    Would you like an introduction to one or more of our libraries? We give guided tours for groups. If you have any specific wishes, we can tailor the tour to suit your needs.

    For the library locations below, send an email to Please, send your request at least two weeks in advance.

    • University Library Singel
    • Library Learning Centre Roeterseiland Campus
    • Science Park 
    • P.C. Hoofthuis

    For the Law Library, send an email to

    For Special CollectionsArtis Library and the Allard Pierson Museum, send an email to or call 020-5252556.

  • Donations

    The University Library of Amsterdam owes a large part of its collections to the generous donations and long-term loans of researchers, collectors, UvA staff and students and many others who have an interest in the Library. These donations and loans make an important contribution to the research and teaching at the UvA.

    The University Library greatly appreciates any donations offered. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to accept everything we are offered. Owing to an increasing lack of space in our closed stacks and to the high processing costs, we are forced to be selective in accepting donations.

    Our main guidelines are:

    • please contact us prior to making your donation;
    • a donation which fills a hiatus in our present collection or builds on the strengths of it, will be gladly accepted;
    • books or journals we already hold in our collections, will not be accepted;
    • material in poor condition will generally not be accepted;
    • single journal issues or volumes will generally not be accepted, unless they fill a gap in our collection.

    If your donation is accepted, we will make an arrangement with you about selection, transport, its place in our collection, etc. If, unfortunately, we cannot accept your offer, we will confer with you on a better destination for your donation.

    drs. M.G. (Martien) Versteeg

    Donation Coordinator