covid-19 and public services

The IISH building is open on a limited basis to visitors, the reading room has places available by appointment. On this page you can find more information on making an appointment.


Access to the IISH collections is possible by appointment for one or two time slots (09.00-13.00 and/or 13.00-17.00). The Reading Room is open from Monday through Thursday.

You can book an appointment at It is not possible to visit the IISH without an appointment.

We adhere to the RIVM guidelines and expect our visitors to do the same.

We ask all visitors to use their time in the reading room as best as they can, so that we can serve as many people as possible. Please note that you should bring your own laptop.

Please let us know by phone or email ( if you are unable to attend. 

After making your appointment, you can request materials yourself for that day through our catalogue.

Please note that access to some archives requires permission, this is always indicated on the archive description page. You can request permission through the online catalogue. Please arrange permission for restricted archives before making an appointment in the reading room!

For special requests, please contact us via email at

Requested material is collected 3 times a day: 9.30 am, 11.30 am and 2.00 pm.

Reproductions can be ordered via our online catalogue.

Part of the collection can be consulted freely online through the catalogue at over 400 archives and most of the photos and posters, as a small image. See also the links below.

For further questions on collections, you can contact our public services at:

(updated 21 September 2021)