Reading Room

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

The Research Room contains forty study places. UvA students and staff can use the wireless UvA network. Students and staff from other universities can connect to the Eduroam network. An open UvA Wi-Fi network is also available, although this is the slowest and least secure network.

Visitors can use two PCs, and UvA students and staff can use two log-in PCs, to consult CataloguePlus.

Library card

To consult material, a student card or staff card from the UvA or HvA, or a library reference card or annual card, is required. Apply for a library card here. The card is usually ready after two working days.

In the case of all applications, we require a valid identity document such as a valid student card, a recent salary statement or an alumni card.


A library reference card is valid for one week and costs €15. An annual pass costs €40. The card is free for students and staff of all Dutch universities, the Open University and higher arts education in Amsterdam, for staff of the National Library of the Netherlands and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and for members of the Amsterdam University Society.



You can request material from the Allard Pierson online here. For some materials, like handwritings, it is necessary to fill out a request form in the Research Room. To avoid waiting contact the Research Room via in advance.