The Special Collections of Utrecht University Library contain extensive holdings of manuscripts, books printed before 1901, maps and rare and precious works of a later date. On this page about consulting, facilities and reproductions you will find all the information you need for a visit to the Special Collections.  For in-depth information about the collection, please visit the website Special Collections.

Opening hours and contact

The Special Collections (reading room Special Collections, Map Room, Reference Library) is situated on the 6th floor of the University Library Uithof, Heidelberglaan 3, 3584 CS Utrecht.

  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Telephone: (030) 253 6633
  • Contact by e-mail.

You must have a library card or a reading room card.

Study facilities

You may use one of the four computers in the reading room as well. In the map room the computers offer access to a rapidly growing collection of digital map files, which is managed by  the Faculty of Geosciences. You can use two computers in the Map Room.  The third one operates the scanner.
It is possible to study special material in groups in group study room 6.26; we advise you to reserve this room in advance by e-mail.

Reference Library

Near the desk of the Special Collections Reading Room, you can find the Special Collections Reference Libraries. Here you can find handbooks, reference works and journals on manuscripts, on early printed books and on maps. You will find this material on open shelves, but most of it is not for loan.

Who is responsible for this collection?

Phone: 062 486 5733
Information / Collection Specialist
Phone: 062 486 5725
Information / Collection Specialist
Phone: 061 422 1465
Information / Collection Specialist
Phone: 061 013 4923
External Cooperation Co-ordinator

General questions

Do you have any questions about our library services? Questions about borrowing, renewing, requesting? Any complaints or remarks?

Call us at +31-(0)30-2536115 or send an email to library@uu.nl. If you have a question about borrowing, please provide your library card number.