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.

Please note: Limited opening hours of archive and library

As of 25 May 2020, you will be able to make limited use of the NIOD archive and library for study and research. Access to the NIOD is initially only by appointment for one or two half-days (10 am-1pm and / or 1:30 pm-4:30pm). There is room for a maximum of ten visitors per half day. Visitors and employees follow the guidelines and advice of RIVM.

Visitors can register via:

Access to the archive and library is only granted to researchers and students. In the event of over-registration, we will check whether there is an overriding interest (for example, a deadline). This can mean that someone is given priority based on urgency. Only come to the NIOD when your request has been confirmed.

Restricted access

  • Access to the reading room is by appointment only for one or two half-days (10 am-1pm and / or 1:30 pm-4:30pm);
  • We allow a maximum of ten visitors per half day in the reading room.

Guidelines for safe use

  • If you have mild cold-like symptoms, such as a sore throat, a runny nose, sneezing, a mild cough or a mild fever below 38 degrees Celsius, you should stay at home until you are fully recovered;
  • Always keep at least 1.5 meters away from other visitors / NIOD employees in the building;
  • Everyone strictly adheres to the instructions of the study room manager and the instructions applied on desks, doors and floors;
  • When and after entering the building you immediately wash / disinfect your hands;
  • Before and after using shared equipment, clean it with disinfectant. To this end, NIOD will place cleaning wipes with disinfectant spray next to all PCs and workplaces;
  • Place used books (including books that you have briefly looked at) and archive documents yourself at the collection point, after which a NIOD employee will put them back;
  • You can still use the cloakroom and lockers;
  • The coffee machine, candy machine and chairs and tables in the hall are not in use, take this into account when planning your visit.
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.