Due to the corona measures, the open collections are limited accessible for external borrowers. We advise our external borrowers to request books and other materials via CataloguePlus whenever possible. External borrowers can only pick up and return books at University Library Singel.
UvA students and staff need a valid UvA pass to view or borrow material. External borrowers need a valid library card.
Current and important titles for education and research can be found in open collections at the various library locations. You can pull them off the shelf and lend them to yourself. Read more about our open collections.
Our open collections are open to UvA students and staff. At various library locations, access to the open collections is limited to external borrowers.
External borrowers are advised to request materials via CataloguePlus whenever possible. They can collect and return the materials at the University Library Singel.
Do you need materials from the open Humanities collections (Singel University Library and P.C. Hoofthuis Library)? Contact us by telephone on 020 525 1405 and reserve a place for viewing.
CataloguePlus allows you to request materials from our physical collections in open stacks and the Book Depot (IWO), where most of our physical collections are located. You can then specify a library location of your choice to pick up the materials. This goes as follows:
Heritage materials and special collections can be requested through CataloguePlus and through a number of specific databases. For more information, open the Search Portal of the Allard Pierson in a new window.
Requested materials can be viewed in the Allard Pierson research room. It is mandatory to reserve a workplace in advance. Once you have been notified that the material is ready for you, you can make a reservation via the contact form on the Allard Pierson website.
Some of the titles in CataloguePlus cannot be requested. It concerns:
For all other material that cannot be requested, please contact us via the contact form. We will be happy to help you.
You can borrow a maximum of 50 books at the same time, but please note: the loan terms can differ per book.
The standard loan period is 28 days
7 days is for in-demand books
Same day return (available for inspection) is for sensitive material
Books with the standard or 7day loan period are automatically renewed three times unless someone else has requested the books. You will receive a message via email if another borrower needs the book or if the maximum loan period has been reached. After the maximum loan period has been reached, you can only have the books renewed at a library desk. In your account in CataloguePlus you will find an overview of all your requested materials and your loans and whether your loan period has expired.
UvA students and staff can return books at all opened locations. External borrowers can return their books to the University Library Singel.
If it is not possible to come to the Library to hand in your books you can also send them by post.
University Library of Amsterdam
1000 GD Amsterdam
Some postal services (e.g. DHL) do not deliver to PO boxes. Then send your package to:
University of Amsterdam
Reference PO Box 19185 (University Library)
1105 BD Amsterdam
Due to the processing time of the mail it may take some time for the books to disappear from your account.
Shortly before the maximum loan period expires you will receive a request by email to return the borrowed material. We send reminders from the expiry date of the loan period. The first reminder is free of charge, after that a fine per item will be charged.
Invoice: no later than 4 weeks after the last reminder, you will receive an invoice for the fine, replacement and administration costs (minimum € 75).
If you return the material, any replacement and administration costs will be canceled but the fine will still have to be paid. Fines can only be paid by debit card at any open desk of the Library (see our location page). With the exception of the Library Learning Centre REC counter where you can only pay in cash. If you fail to pay we call in a collection agency.
With a valid library card, student ID card or staff ID card you can borrow books from the library of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) at no additional cost. Books can be requested via CataloguePlus from the AUAS library and collected at a UvA or AUAS library location.
It is also possible to borrow books at the AUAS library locations. For more information about the opening hours: amsterdamuas.com/library
In some cases it is not possible to request the material (directly) at the UvA Library, in this case there are two options: