Visit and Use of Collections

In our reading room, you can consult the collections of the International Institute of Social History (IISH), the Netherlands Economic History Archive (NEHA) and the Press Collection (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision). It is mandatory to make a reservation in advance.

You can make a reservation via It is not possible to visit the IISH without a reservation. The reading room is only open for use of our collections.

You can use our reading room  from Monday to Thursday between 9:00 and 16:30. Please note: no entry after 14:30. Visiting the reading room is free of charge.

To enter the building you must be able to display a Covid certificate (digital or printed QR code).

Further coronavirus-related guidelines at the IISH are:

  • Please cancel your reservation if you have covid-like symptoms.
  • Keep 1.5 meters distance at all times.
  • Wear a face mask in the building.

(updated 23 November 2021)

The Reading Room at the IISH - Photo by Akiko

Prepare your visit

  • You can make a reservation for a place in our reading room via:
  • After making your reservation, you can request materials via our catalogue:
  • Please note that permission is required for the use of some archives. This information is listed under the heading 'Access and Use' on the archive description page. You can request permission via the online catalogue. Please arrange permission before making an appointment.
  • The material can be consulted in our reading room. Visitors do not have access to the stacks.
  • Pre-requested material is available at 9:30 am.
  • You can also request material during the day. Requested material is retrieved 3 times a day: at 9:30, 11:30 and 14:00.
  • In the reading room you can use your own laptop. There is equipment available for scanning documents; please bring a USB stick with you.
  • Part of the collection is only available on microfilm and microfiche. Reading and scanning equipment is available.
  • Please note that part of the collection is available online: Online archives.
  • If you have any questions, please contact us at


More information on:
- rules concerning consultation
- request archives - request books and documents
- reproductions - copyrights - rates
- borrowing documents for exhibitions
- house rules
- machine access


Address and Opening Hours



Address for visitors:

Cruquiusweg 31
1019 AT Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel + 31 20 6685866

Bank Account: IBAN NL63DEUT0411390805; BIC DEUTNL2N
CoC: 5667089
VAT: NL002958697B01

Opening hours of the Reading Room

Monday till Thursday: 9.00 - 17.00

  • No requests for documents, books, and serials will be handled after 4 p.m.
  • The building is accessible for wheel chairs users.
  • Read about the house rules of the IISH

Closing Days in 2021

The Institute is closed on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. 
The Reading Room will be closed during the following days (2021):

  • 1 January    New Year's Day
  • 2 April         Good Friday
  • 5 April         Easter Monday
  • 27 April       King’s Day
  • 5 May          Liberation Day
  • 13 May        Ascension Day
  • 14 May        Friday after Ascension Day
  • 24 May        Whit Monday
  • 25 December 2021 - 1 January 2022

How to get there

Public transport:

  • From Amsterdam Central Station: bus 22, bus stop Veelaan.
  • From Amsterdam Station Zuid: bus 65, bus stop Veelaan.
  • From Amsterdam Station Muiderpoort: bus 22, bus stop Veelaan or walk (15 minutes walking distance).
  • From the centre of Amsterdam: tram 7 to Van Eesterenlaan (a 10 minutes walk), tram 14 to Javaplein (a 5-10 minutes walk).
  • More information on the public transport website.

By car:

From the circular road (A10) take the junction Zeeburg (S114), proceed to the traffic lights, and follow the signs Zeeburg across the bridge (left turn). At the end of the bridge go right at traffic lights. At the next traffic lights, take the road to your right (Molukkenstraat). Proceed to the end of the Molukkenstraat; the IISH is the large white building ahead of you. Attention, there is only paid parking space near the IISH!


  • For enquiries about the consultation of documents or ordering reproductions please go to the webform Contact.
  • As a general rule questions are answered within three weekdays.
  • If we do not have an answer to your question, we will try to refer you to another institution or specialist.


  • Anyone who wants to engage in research in archival collections and use the library of the IISH, NEHA, and Press collection is welcome to the reading room.
  • Pre-registration is not necessary, visitors are asked to register at our reading room desk on their first visit every year.
  • Researchers are asked to sign our guestbook on each visit.



The reading room contains reference works on social economic history, recent issues of journals, and publications by IISH, NEHA, and Press collection. Researchers who need to spend extended periods working at the Institute can reserve a study carrel.
Researchers have access to computers with Internet accessibility. Besides the online IISH search portal, various databases are available.

Researchers who bring their own laptops can use the free WiFi connection.

There is equipment available for:

  • scanning and copying documents
  • reading and scanning of microfilms and microfiches
  • watching video tapes, slides, and negatives
  • listening to CDs, LPs, and audio cassettes.

Visitors are welcome in the cafeteria on the first floor.