Our Collection

The whole collection can be searched through the central catalogue of the UvA (University of Amsterdam). The CEDLA Library is arranged according to land/region, and within that the books are categorized according to theme. The theme codes also function as location numbers, but in order to simplify finding the books, we have begun assigning keywords and subjects to the Catalogue.

Since 1991, most of the libraries of the University of Amsterdam have developed their acquisitions according to the Dutch Basic Classification (NBC) system. Beginning in 2009, all Spanish acquisitions have thematic location numbers, subjects and keywords. Acquisitions in English and Portuguese will be soon catalogued accordingly.

Revised Classificationsystem:

Elsewhere in the Netherlands

Picarta contains the union catalog of about 400 libraries in the Netherlands. For every title you can use the button NCC see which library owns the book in the house.

Special Collections

CEDLA has 20,000 microfiches, 3500 microfilms on the history of Latin America, and a selection of maps of Latin America and the Caribbean. For consultation please contact our staff. More information


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