All you need to know about the CEDLA Library

The Library has an extensive collection covering the social sciences, economy, human geography, history and culture of Latin America. The collection consists of books, journals, CD-ROMs, microfiches and microfilms.

Everything about membership, borrowing, requests, renewals

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Library card

The CEDLA Library is open to everyone for consultation of the collection. To borrow books you must have a library card. For UvA and HvA students the student ID card is also their library card. For UvA and HvA staff the staff ID card is also their library card. If you are not affiliated to the UvA or HvA but wish to borrow publications from the Library, you may request a library card online provided you have:

  • a permanent address in the Netherlands for at least 3 months
  • a valid ID

You will be notified by email when your Library card is ready. In general, it will take two working days. Students of Dutch universities have to pick up the card at the UB Singel (Singel 425, 1012 WP Amsterdam).

The library card is free to students of Dutch universities, the Open University and the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, on showing a valid student ID card, proof of enrolment for the current academic year and a valid ID.

The library card is free to staff of Dutch universities, the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW), the Royal Library (KB) and the Higher Art Education in Amsterdam on showing a recent pay slip and a valid ID. UvA alumni are also entitled to a free library card, on showing their membership card of the Amsterdamse Universiteits-Vereniging (AUV) and a valid ID.

If you are not eligible for a free library card, the cost will be € 35, and you can pay online via iDeal. 

If you wish to borrow from different libraries in Amsterdam, it may be advantageous to buy an AdamNet card for €45 per year. 

If you are a member of another Dutch library and are interested in a publication from the UvA collections, 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. 

Maximum number of loans

The maximum number of books you may borrow is 50.

Hold period for requested publications

Requested publications are held for you for 7 days at the library you indicated.


Three days before your loan expires you will receive a request  to either renew the loan or return it. If items are overdue you will be fined per item.

From the expiry date of the loan we will be sending reminders:

  • day 1: no fine yet, renewal is still possible (1st reminder)
  • day 7: fine € 1, renewal is still possible (2nd reminder)
  • day 14: fine € 4, renewal is still possible (3rd reminder)
  • day 28: fine € 10, renewal is not possible (4th reminder).

The fines are per volume and accrue: after 28 days you have a fine of €15 per volume. When your fine is € 15 or more, you can no longer borrow publications or renew other loans. This suspension is cancelled on payment of the fine.

Day 56:  you receive an invoice for replacement costs with a minimum of €75 per volume. If you return the loan, the replacement costs are cancelled, but not the fine. If you do not pay the invoice, a debt-collecting agency will be called in.

Reminders and other messages will be sent by email. No rights can be derived from not having received a reminder.

Fines are not cancelled when a loan is returned.

Fines may be paid at the library desk of any UvA library. In the CEDLA Library you cannot pay by PIN, only cash payments are possible. In the University Library and the P.C. Hoofthuis Library payment is by PIN only.


UBA book depot IWO (CEDLA books with this kind of call number "CEDLA CXX-XXXX")

Part of the CEDLA collection is in the UBA book depot IWO. These books have a different call number than the other books in the CEDLA collection. To consult or borrow these books, you have to request them, through the catalogue, to be collected at any library of the UvA.

Loan period and renewal

The standard loan period is 28 days. Provided the publication has not been requested by someone else, the loan period may be renewed via My account in UvA CataloguePlus or in the UvA UvA catalogue. Online renewal is possible for six months after first borrowing it. After six months it must be renewed at the circulation desk. It is not possible to renew loans by telephone.


If a title is on loan, you can place a hold request. Via My account in UvA UvA CataloguePlus or in the UvA catalogue you can check your requests and see if a publication has arrived yet. As soon as your request is available, you will be notified by email.

Not available for loan

Some types of publication cannot be borrowed, such as:

  • journals and newspapers
  • reference works
  • rare and valuable books

Publications which may not be borrowed, must be consulted in the library.

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