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Reading Room and Library

NIOD's collection can be consulted in the reading room. Upon arrival, visitors receive a visitor's pass that grants access to the reading room. The reading room can be visited without appointment, free of charge.

How to prepare for your visit to NIOD 

  • The reading room is open on Tuesday-Friday 9.00-17.30. Please note: the reading room is closed on Mondays. Sometimes NIOD is closed on non-standard days. Go here for exceptions. 
  • The online archive finding aids and library catalogue indicate whether NIOD has documents on a specific subject. Please note that it is not possible to reserve archival documents in advance.
  • The library has an open set-up, so the books can be accessed directly. For some sub-collections, you need to fill in a request slip at the checkout desk.
  • Check in advance whether the desired inventory numbers are restricted. In some cases, you need to ask the director of NIOD for permission to consult the documents; please refer to 'Are all collections accessible without restriction?’ You can only consult archival documents in the reading room after obtaining the director’s permission.
  • Please consult the rules of NIOD's reading room.

Asking questions during your visit

For other questions about the collection or for help in searching for information, a reading room assistant is always present at the desk.

Service standards & rates

A more detailed description of the services of NIOD is laid down in the service standards. A fee is charged for making and sending photocopies and scans. The price list gives an overview of the costs.

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1016 CJ Amsterdam
020 52 33 800
Opening hours reading room
  • Tue - Fri09:00 - 17:30 u
  • Closed on Mondays