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Locations & Opening Hours

University Library Singel

University Library
Singel 425, 1012 WP Amsterdam
P.O. Box 19185 1000 GD Amsterdam
Telephone: 020 525 1405
Fax: 020 525 2311

Some parts of the building are NOT wheelchair accessible:

  • Belle van Zuylen Room
  • Vondel Room


There is virtually no parking space in the vicinity of the library. It is, however, easy to reach by public transport from Amsterdam Central Station: trams 2, 4, 11, 12, 14, 24, stop: either Spui or Muntplein.

Access policy

From Monday – Friday, 8:00 - 18:00, the building is accessible to anyone.

At all other times the Library is accessible only

  • to UvA and HvA students and staff with a student ID card, staff ID card or library card
  • students and staff of other Dutch universities, Rietveld academie, HKA, staff KNAW and KB, in case they own a library card (UKB-card). They do not have access during exam periods
  • Other visitors carrying a valid library card.

Study spaces

There are over 750 study spaces, of which 110 equipped with a PC, in seven study rooms.

Book a pc or room

Do you want to book a pc or room at Library Singel? That is possible via UvA Spacefinder. Some pcs and study rooms can be booked one week in advance.

​Log in with your UvAnetID to check which rooms and PCs may be booked right now and make a reservation. You’ll immediately get a confirmation mail. If you later find that the PC or the room is occupied, just show the email to your fellow student.


When visiting departments with books in open stacks, coats and bags must be placed in lockers. There are free lockers in the cloakroom on the ground floor, to the left of the entrance. The euro needed to lock it, will be returned on reopening the locker.

Humanities collections

tel.: 020 525 2292
fax: 020 525 2390

The libraries of Classics & Archaeology, Theatre Studies, Media Studies and Musicology, Religious Studies, Art history and Cultural studies and Philosophy are housed in the University Library at Singel.

There are 43 study spaces and 7 PCs for library use.

Books wit LCC-codes within the  range PR to Z are NOT accessible to wheelchair users.