Reading Room

Material from the Allard Pierson collections can be consulted in the Reading Room. Frequently consulted reference works are also available in the Reading Room, and in the Rosenthaliana, Book History and Mennonitica period rooms.

To consult material from the heritage collections of the Allard Pierson (amongst others: manuscripts, printed books, atlases and maps, letters, prints or photographs), please visit the Allard Pierson Reading Room. You can also consult the books from the various reference libraries in the Reading Room.

From May 25th the Reading Room is limited accessible from Monday to Friday from 09.30 to 16.30 for consulting heritage material, however, only on the basis of a reservation. Visitors are welcome in the Reading Room, but not in other rooms such as the period rooms. The microfiche device may not be used, as may the viewing and log-in PCs. Books from the reference libraries are retrieved by the staff.

Collecting books for loan from other library locations is no longer possible in the Reading Room. These books can be collected at the Singel University Library.

Book your workplace in advance!

An (individual) workplace must be reserved in advance. Your reservation must be received by us no later than 9.00 a.m., two working days prior to your planned visit. Reservations will be processed in order of receipt. You will receive a confirmation. If your reservation wishes cannot be met, we will contact you.

You can only use the Reading Room if you have no health problems.

UvA student or staff member

Not affiliated to the UvA

Library card

UvA staff and students must bring their employee or college card, external visitors must be in possession of a library card. An external library card can be arranged via: library card.

You can use the search portal on our website to request material from CataloguePlus, from the catalogue of the theatre collection and from the music collection, you can go to the image bank and to the collection descriptions of collections and archives. However, not all materials from the Allard Pierson can yet be found and requested online.

If you are unable to request materials or you have another question or would like to make a reservation for a workplace in the Reading Room, please use the contact form.