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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. 

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. 


The whole CEDLA 

collection can be

searched through

the UvA Catalogue


Read our blog for students and researchers interested in the CEDLA Library 



Library has its own classification system

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