covid-19 and temporary services

The IISH will gradually start working in the building from June. Access to the reading room is limited, only by appointment.
On this page we'll keep you informed on our temporary services.


It is not yet clear when the reading room will be open again for visitors. At the moment we can only allow a limited number of visitors by appointment. We assess requests on the use of the collection, urgency and possible alternatives. It is not possible to visit the IISH without an appointment.

Please keep in mind that you have to bring your own equipment and laptop when you visit and that you cannot use the canteen. We adhere to the RIVM guidelines and expect the same from our visitors.

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.
For all questions, please contact

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.


As of June 2nd, we will start up our reproduction services, although it may take longer than usual to deliver scans. All requests can be made through email:

Useful links

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