Reading Room

Students and Staff of the UvA and external visitors are most welcome in the Reading Room. The opening hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30 am - 5:00 pm.

Please note: Due to repair work, the elevator between the depositories and the Reading Room cannot be used 16-24 January. Heavy, large-format books will therefore not be delivered during this period. We apologise for the inconvenience.

There are 40 workplaces in the Reading Room, available exclusively for consulting heritage material and the books from the reference libraries. In addition, there are two viewing PCs for consulting the catalogue and two login PCs for UvA students and staff. There is also a microfiche reader. The tables are equipped with power points and there is open WIFI.

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.




Photographs may be taken of the material handed over in the Reading Room, but they are for personal use only. These photos may not be published. Photos intended for publication will be taken by our own photographer (costs € 15.00 per photo up to a maximum of € 150.00 for an entire photo). No flash or tripod may be used.

House rules

Items from the heritage collections of the Allard Pierson are often rare and valuable. That is why we have drawn up some house rules.