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Book depot (IWO)

  • By appointment only: Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 16:00. Prior booking is required via email to:

  • Please note: The reading room will be closed from 27 February to 26 May 2023 due to construction work. If possible, materials will be transported to other locations.

Address & Contact

Meibergdreef 29
1105 AZ Amsterdam
Telephone: 020 525 2359

IWO can be reached by metro, direction Gein, stop Holendrecht. Follow the cycle route to IWO/IWO exam halls.See the map.

On arrival you must ring the bell; the library staff will open the door for you.

A photocopying machine is available.

Booking a study place for consulting the collection

A maximum of four study spaces are available. You can reserve a study space by sending an email to, stating:

  • the date and time of the planned visit;
  • first and last name;
  • email address;
  • student card, employee or borrower card number;
  • and if possible, the location code/signature of the material you wish to consult.

Access policy

The Book Depot (IWO) is closed stacks. There is no open shelving, so it is not possible to walk along the book cases to browse the books and take out a publication for loan. All publications in the Book Depot can be found via CataloguePlus, just like the rest of the collection. Almost all types of material can be requested by means of a Student or Staff ID card or a Library card. When entering a request, indicate at which library you wish to collect the item. The Book Depot itself is not a collection point.

There is, however, one exception:  newspapers, large format publications, and large quantities of material must be consulted exclusively in the reading room of the Books Depot and will not be sent to other libraries. Here, too, you must have a UvA or HvA Student or Staff ID card, library card or a week pass. Requests to consult works which have been handed in after 15:30, will only be dealt with the next work day.