In our reading room you can consult our collections and conduct historical research. The first time you visit NIOD obtain a visitor’s pass at the reception desk. This pass gives access to the reading room and enables you to request specific documents through our electronic archive system. You can obtain a pass and visit our reading room free of charge.

View of the reading room

Archives and collections

Check on our website if we have any material on the topic of your interest. In our reading room you can also view the archive inventories. If you have found the archive records you were looking for, you can automatically request them using the dedicated computers located in the reading room. In principle, our staff will deliver the material to your table within fifteen minutes.


Most of our library holdings are located on shelves in the reading room and can be consulted on site without a formal request. In case of periodicals, newspapers and some other partial collections which are stored in the archive's depot, you should issue a request and NIOD staff will deliver the material.

Wireless internet (Wi-Fi)

NIOD’s reading room has wireless internet. Get the password from our staff member at the service desk.


If you have any questions about our collection or if you cannnot find what you are looking for, feel free to contact a staff member in the reading room.

Services and fees

You can find a more detailed description of our services in the terms of service. Our paid-for services include:

  • making photocopies.
  • having photocopies made and sent to you.
  • commissioned research.