Search portal

The Allard Pierson search portal provides access to various catalogues, image databases, general descriptions of collections, and inventories.

Perform a simple search in one of the options above or perform an advanced search in one of the options below.


CataloguePlus contains material and databases from both the Allard Pierson and the other libraries of the University of Amsterdam, and from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

The catalogue of the theatre collection contains all material from the former Theater Instituut Nederland. The TiN collection is held at the Allard Pierson.

The catalogue of the MCN contains all materials from the former Muziekcentrum Nederland. The MCN Collection is held at the Allard Pierson

Image databases

The image database of the Allard Pierson contains digital images of archaeological items, paintings, prints, maps, photographs, posters and so on, as well as integrally scanned books and manuscripts.

In addition to this general image database, there are image databases and  collections published elsewhere.

Collection descriptions and inventories

The Allard Pierson collection descriptions contain information about the origins, acquisition, contents and availability of collections and archives. In addition, a complete inventory of some items is available. Some collections and archives have also been digitized and can be consulted online. Where possible, the descriptions include references to items in the Catalogue of the University of Amsterdam and to digital images in one of the image databases.

Not all material held at the Allard Pierson can be found online. If you need assistance in finding information or sources, ask one of our staff in the Research Room on workdays from 9.30 to 17.00, or use the contact form.

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