covid-19 and public services

The IISH building is closed to visitors. The reading room has a few places available for urgent appointments. Please contact
On this page we inform you about the possibilities and limitations.


At the moment we can allow only a very limited number of urgent appointments. We assess requests on the intensive use of the collection (archives and unique items), urgency and possible alternatives. It is not possible to visit the IISH without an appointment.

We adhere to the RIVM guidelines and expect the same from our visitors:

  • If you have symptoms, stay at home
  • Stay 1.5 metres away from other people
  • Wash your hands often
  • Wear face masks in IISH building
  • Travel on foot or on your own transport

Please keep in mind that you have to bring your own equipment and laptop when you visit and that you cannot use the canteen.

Please let us know as precisely as possible what you need and if you have a deadline, so we can see which solutions we can offer. All requests for material can be made through the reading room.
For requests, reservations or more information, please contact us by email:

Appointments can be made for Monday to Thursday - the reading room will be open from 9 am. to 5 pm. A reservation is valid for the whole day, so from 9 till 5. We ask visitors to make use of their reserved time as much as possible or otherwise inquire about alternatives. Requested material is collected 3 times a day: 9.30 am, 11.30 am and 2 pm.

Part of the collection can be consulted freely through the catalogue almost 400 archives, most photos and posters via small images. See also the useful links below.


It is possible to order reproductions via the button 'Reproduction' in the catalogue; delivery will take longer than usual.

Useful links

For any questions on collections, you can reach our public services at