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Book a Study Space

Are you unable to study at home? Then look for a suitable study place through the library. Advance reservation is required.

Please note!

Due to the new corona measures following the latest press conference, the possibilities for reserving a study space are very limited. The Library may only offer a limited number of study spaces intended for vulnerable students.

The amendments apply - until further notice - until Tuesday 2 March 2021.

Study spaces for vulnerable students

Do you have a medical or physical reason why studying at home is really not possible, or are you in danger of getting behind with your studies? Then you may be eligible for a study space intended for vulnerable students. In that case, please contact your study adviser or a Student counsellor. After your application has been approved, he/she can submit a request to the Library. The Library will then adjust your status in the booking system so that you can make use of a study space. Really in need and your study adviser is not responding? Please Ask the Library.

Do you not have a medical or physical reason but a living situation that is so impeding that you cannot study at home? Please contact the Library directly via the contact form. You will need to fill in an application form explaining your situation and sign the conditions for obtaining a study space.

Online Study Space

For students who miss studying in the library with fellow students, the Library is working on a new project: Onlinebrary. An online environment that helps you study at home. You will find the concentration and motivation of studying together in the library, except that you're at home.

Read more about Onlinebrary and the digital study sessions

Regular information on study spaces

  • Book a Study Spot

    Due to the corona measures, we can only offer 20 percent of our study spaces. These study places can only be reserved by UvA students and staff. You can place a maximum of three reservations per week. For all external borrowers the study places cannot be used at this time.

    Log-in Method Reserve Study Space

    The login method for reserving a study place has been updated.

    1. Log in to Mapiq with your UvAnetID.
    2. Enter your UvA student email at ‘email address’, or if you don't have one, ''.
    3. Then follow the steps in Mapiq.

    Conditions for Reserving a Study Space

    • In the reservation system you will be asked to make a choice for a time block (morning, afternoon, evening, all day).
    • You can place a maximum of two reservations. There is a maximum of 1 reservation per day.
    • You can reserve study places from three days in advance until 11:59 pm the day before.
    • Take your student / staff card with you to the University Library and show your reservation upon arrival.
    • Don't forget to bring a face mask to the University Library. When you move through UvA buildings, we ask you to wear a face mask.
    • No reservation = no study place.
    • You can cancel reservations until 11:59 pm on the day prior to your reservation.
    • Reservations are personal and non-transferable.

    Within the library, we had to take a number of measures to guarantee the safety of everyone. Take a look on our webpage for corona updates for more information.

  • Types of Study Spaces and House Rules

    You can choose from the following range of study places at the library.

    • Individual study spaces: For an overview of all bookable study places, see our page about locations & opening hours, or find your options in our booking system Mapiq.
    • Meeting room University Library Singel, REC-A0 and REC-BC1: groups of up to four people can work together here, observing the RIVM rules and measures. In contrast to the individual study spaces in the University Library Singel, in the meeting room it is permitted to talk. Please bear in mind that when you come with a group, everyone from that group has reserved a study space in advance via our booking system Mapiq.
    • Project rooms REC and Science Park: in addition to the study spaces offered by the Library, several lecture rooms have now also been made available at the Roeterseilandcampus and Science Park. The project rooms are managed and offered by the Teaching Logistics Office (BOL). See the overview for options and to book a project room.
    • Digital study sessions: For everyone who misses studying in the library, there is Onlinebrary. An online environment that supports you in studying at home. The concentration and motivation of studying (together) in the library can now be reached from home. Read more about the Digital Study Sessions.

    Temporary Offer

    At the Bushuis location are a small number of study places available during the opening hours of the buildings where a reservation is not required. Checking in with a college or employee card is mandatory. Full means full.

    During the exam period in December 2020, students will be able to study at the Posthoornkerk, Haarlemmerstraat in Amsterdam. There are 30 study places available, with sufficient power sockets and wifi capacity. Coffee and tea are also available free of charge. Reservations must be made in advance and can be made per time slot (09:00 - 14:00 or 14:00 - 19:00). Choose your date and time via eventbrite and reserve a place.

    House Rules

    • Talking on the phone and eating are not allowed in the study areas.
    • Drinks may only enter the study rooms in a closed packaging.
    • Do not cause any noise nuisance.
    • Do not leave your belongings unattended.
    • Do not occupy study places unnecessarily. Have you made a reservation but are you still unable to come? Cancel online before 11:59 pm and make your spot available for someone else.