About the UBA
Digital library

Reference Desk


Map Room
  University Library

Address, telephone, telefax and e-mail
University Library
Singel 425, 1012 WP Amsterdam
P.O. Box 19185, 1000 GD Amsterdam

telephone: +31 20 525 2354/2355
telefax: +31 20 525 2311
e-mail: maps@uba.uva.nl
It is almost impossible to park your car near the library. However, it is well served by public transport from the central station and other parts of the city: tram lines 1, 2, 5 and 11 (alight at Spui or Koningsplein)

Reading room
10 places.
Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 13.00-17.00 p.m. or by arrangement.

drs J.W.H. Werner
telephone: +31 20 525 2354
e-mail: werner@uba.uva.nl

There are many publications about the collection, not just articles but also catalogues of various exhibitions. Some of these publications are for sale in the Map room, as are three reproductions of maps.

The cartographic  collection  includes among others:
  • Unique and rare printed broadsheet maps, some important manuscript maps on vellum, the Amsterdam Golden Age of cartography.
  • Early official topographical series (including all such maps issued in the Netherlands), many foreign examples, early thematic cartography, town plans, maritime chart series from the Netherlands and abroad. Extensive topographical and thematic collections of the former Dutch East Indies and New Guinea; cartography in education.
More information
  • Guide to the Map room
  • Website with a selection of maps, ordered chronologically and regionally to give an impression of the variety of the collection.[Dutch]
  • Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598), Patriarch of our atlas. A selection of his works.

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Last modified: 21 November 1998