Studying and Facilities
Can I study in the Library?
It is currently only possible for UvA students to study in the Library. Read more information on our page about study spaces.
Can I print and / or copy in the Library?
It is possible to print and / or copy at all the open locations. Find more information on the page locations and opening hours.
Borrowing and Returns
Can I request and borrow books?
UvA students and staff and external borrowers can request printed materials via CataloguePlus and collect materials from different pick-up locations. External borrowers can only collect materials from the University Library Singel.
Heritage materials and special collections can be viewed in the Allard Pierson research room.
How long does it take to deliver my books?
Usually requested materials are ready for you at the desired location within one to two working days. During holidays and weekends there is no delivery of materials. When the material is ready for you, you will receive a pick-up notification by email.
I want to request a book / journal in CataloguePlus, but there is no request option. How do I proceed?
Some of our material can only be consulted on location. Sometimes there are other reasons why material is (temporarily) not available. Read more about non-requestable materials.
Due to health issues and / or quarantine, I am unable to visit the library to return my books. What should I do?
Please contact us 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.
How do I get access to the digital collections?
UvA students and staff can access digital collections by logging in to CataloguePlus (top right). For some databases it may be necessary to turn on VPN first.
External borrowers who want to consult the digital collection can use a collection PC at the University Library Singel. These PCs can be found on the first floor, next to the information desk.
- Can I request materials from libraries other than the UvA?
What can I do as an external borrower?
Under external borrowers are understood: private borrowers, alumni and borrowers from other universities or affiliated institutions.
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. In addition, external borrowers can view heritage materials and special collections in the Allard Pierson research room.
External borrowers can consult the digital collection via the collection PCs on the first floor of the University Library Singel (next to the information desk). External borrowers can also visit the open collections at all library locations.
It is not possible for external borrowers to study in the library or to reserve a study place.