Library membership

UvA and HvA students do not need a separate library card. The student card is also valid as a library pass. UvA and HvA staff may obtain a free library card from any UvA library on showing a recent pay slip and a valid ID. Others may obtain a library card at the circulation desk of any UvA library. You must be over 18 (university students excepted) and have a permanent address in the Netherlands for at least 3 months. You must have a valid ID, such asbiebpas

  • passport / municipal identity card
  • Dutch driver´s licence
  • student card (plus photo) of a Dutch university
  • Dutch resident's permit
  • European Union ID

The card is free for (on showing a valid student card, a recent pay slip, or a valid AUV alumni card. A library card is € 25.00 per year):

  • students and staff of Dutch universities
  • staff of the Royal Library and the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences
  • alumni members of the AUV

If you wish to borrow from different libraries in Amsterdam, it may be advantageous to buy an AdamNet card for € 35.00 per year. This card entitles you to a free library card from the UvA library, the Public Library Amsterdam, the VU Library, the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, the Library Hogeschool INHOLLAND Amsterdam/Diemen, and the libraries of the Hogeschool van Amsterdam. The costs for replacing a lost library card are  € 5.00, replacing an AdamNet card is € 4.50. If you can show a police registration of theft of your library card, the replacement card is free. If you are a member of another Dutch library and are interested in a publication from the UvA collections, you can hand in an ILL (Interlibrary Loan) request at your own library.