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The Artis Library is part of the Allard Pierson. The core of the collection is formed by the former book holdings of the Amsterdam society Natura Artis Magistra (Nature is the teacher of art), better known as Artis, founded in 1838. The collecting area covers all fields of natural history: zoology, botany, geology and palaeontology. Modern subjects such as ecology and conservation have since been added.

Access policy

The Artis Library Reading Room does not have study spaces like other library locations.

This library location can be visited by appointment only:

  • Use of the collection for education and research
  • Short visit (approx. 15 minutes)
  • Group presentations (max. 15 persons)

You can make an appointment by sending an e-mail to curator Hans Mulder or collection specialist Myriam van der Hoek.

Service & Collection

  • Support, questions and information regarding heritage materials
  • Use and borrowing of Scantents

Other facilities

  • Cloakroom with lockers


The Reading Room is accessible for wheelchair users.

Address & Contact

Plantage Middenlaan 45, 1018 DC Amsterdam
Telephone: 020 – 525 58 98
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