Special Collections

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.



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

  • Telephone: (030) 253 6633
  • Contact by e-mail.

You will need a library card or a reading room card.

Digitized Special Collections

You can find the digitized part of the collection on the Special Collections website.

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.

General questions

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

Call us at (030) 253 61 15 or send an email to library@uu.nl. If you have a question about borrowing, please provide your library card number.