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Please note: Due to refurbishment, the Study Centre will be closed on 25, 26 and 27 November. We apologise for any inconvenience. You can access the collection via the search portal. Please contact the Study Centre via if you have any questions.

The Study Centre is open to anyone wishing to consult the archives and library collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut. The diversity of the col-lection spanning both the archives and library makes it possible to carry out extensive research. The National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urbanism consists of some 700 archives of Dutch architects, and our internationally-oriented library features publications in the fields of architecture and urban planning, spatial planning, interior design, art, design and digital culture.

Opening Times

For current information, please visit the page: Opening hours and entrance


The Study Centre is freely accessible. When you first visit the Study Centre, we will ask you to fill in a registration form. It is necessary to show valid proof of identity when you register.

Consult the library collection

The library collection is not available for loan and can only be consulted on site. You don't need to submit a request in advance to view the collection. Publications that are kept in the depot will be collected for you to peruse at the Study Centre, after you complete an application form.

Search the collection and reserve archival materials

You can access the collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut via the Search Portal. You’ll find books and magazines, drawings and sketches, photographs, models, letters, and collected clippings from and about Dutch architects.

Reserving archive materials

The collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut can be perused online via the Search Portal. An online reservation is required in order to be able to do research in the archives. To be able to process your application in time, we ask that you submit your reservation at least 48 hours in advance by clicking on the reservation button in the Search Portal or by sending an e-mail to Reservations for Tuesday should be submitted at the latest by the Friday of the week before. The reservation buttons can be found under the description of the inventory numbers in the archive. If we have a large volume of reservations, we may ask that you schedule your visit for another day.

In connection with the restoration project Disclosing Architecture, some of our collections may be temporarily unavailable. You can view current information about the availability of archival material here, or contact the Study Centre for more information by sending an e-mail to


Groups are welcome at the Study Centre. However, we do ask you to register a group (more than two people) in advance by mailing The general rules for reserving archival materials apply.


There are computers provided in the Study Centre, as well as electrical outlets for you to use your own equipment. A Wi-Fi network is available throughout the facility. If you want to scan pages from our library collection you'll be able to use the book scanners available. The files can be sent to the computers in the Study Centre or saved on a USB stick. In order to make copies or prints, you will need to pay a small fee. You can set up an account on MyPrint, and then use iDEAL to add credit to your account.


There are various possibilities to reproduce material from the collections of Het Nieuwe Instituut. In the Study Centre, you can copy, scan and (digitally) photograph documents yourself. However, archival material can only be co-pied by making a request to our Reproduction Service. Read about the ordering, procedures, conditions and prices.

User loans

Works from the archives and library collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut can be loaned out for exhibitions at home and abroad. Museums and other cultural institutes can submit a request to the Heritage department. For more information, read the procedures and conditions.

Ask questions

If you have any questions about the collection, please contact the Study Centre by phone +31 (0)10 440 1270, or send an e-mail to