Our Collection

The CEDLA Library has an extensive collection covering the social sciences, economy, human geography, history and culture of Latin America. Our collection can be searched through the catalogues of the Library of the University of Amsterdam. You can visit the library to search for books on the open shelves and to consult or borrow them. It is also possible to request the books to be collected at another library of the UvA. This can be done online through the catalogues. We recommend you to request the books published before 1990, as these are on closed shelves in another building.


The CEDLA Library has its own classification system. It consists of a geographical code combined with a subject code. These codes are also part of the call number of the books. In these PDF documents the codes are listed:

Borrowing through Interlibrary Loan

If you are a member of another Dutch library and are interested in a publication from the CEDLA collection, you may submit an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request at your own library to have the publication sent to that library. For information about the cost involved, please inquire at your own library.

Special Collections

CEDLA has 20000 microfiches and 3500 microfilms. These collections contain primary sources on a variety of subjects about Latin America. We also have unpublished Ph.D. dissertations on microfiche. More information

Please contact us if you need more information: library@cedla.nl