Research 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.

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 18 August the Reading Room is limited accessible from Tuesday to Thursday from 11.00 to 16.00 for consulting heritage material, however, only on the basis of a reservation. The number of workplaces has been reduced to ten. 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.

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.

For UvA/HvA students

If you are not attached to the UvA or HvA

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

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.




A library card is valid for a week and costs € 15. This card enables you to request and consult, but not borrow, materials from the repository. An annual card costs € 40. The card is free for staff and students of all Dutch universities that fall under the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), the Open University and the Amsterdam University of the Arts, 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.



Previously mentioned materials can be requested through CatalogusPlus. However, not all materials from the Allard Pierson can be found online. If you need help in finding information, ask our staff in the Reading Room on weekdays from 09.30 to 17.00, or complete one of the following contact forms:

For UvA/HvA staff and students.

If you are not attached to the UvA or HvA.