Requesting and consultation Special Collections

Special Collections contains material from before 1901, such as manuscripts, early printed books and maps. On this page you will find information about requesting and consulting these items.


Would you like to consult an item from Special Collections? Make a request. Apart from using Worldcat you will find catalogues, inventories and documentation systems for more searching options in the Special Collections Reading Room. Requested material will be kept ready for you for a period of ten days.

How long will it take?

The following delivery times apply for special material from the depositories:

  • requested before 9 a.m.: available at 11 a.m.
  • requested before 11 a.m.: available at 1 p.m.
  • requested before 1 p.m.: available at 3 p.m.
  • requested before 3 p.m.: available at 4 p.m.

We recommend you to request the material at least two days before your visit. Special permission of a curator is needed for consulting material that is very vulnerable or valuable, and that may take some time. This way there will not be any unpleasant surprises.


You can consult requested works in the reading room. Please note: some material is only available on microfiche. See the reading room rules and regulations for more information.

Map room

In the Map Room you will find cartographic material published from 1900 onwards: atlases, reproductions, globes, broadsheet maps, folded maps, digital maps and CD-ROMs. Most atlases and reproductions are in an open access area. If you are looking for other material published after 1900, such as folded and broadsheet maps, please ask library staff.