Admission and practical information

Anyone wishing to conduct research by consulting the collections of the Rijksmuseum is welcome to visit the Rijksmuseum Research Library and Study Room located in and next to the historic library in the main building.

The Research Library & Study Room

bibliotheek1 There are no fees associated with using the Research Library or Study Room, but the limited number of workplaces means that only those visitors making use of the collections will be admitted.

You can consult the library collection Monday to Saturday without an appointment in the Research Library. You can examine works on paper Tuesday to Saturday in the Study Room, but this will require making an appointment in advance.
In addition to the general rules for visitors, an additional set of visitors’ rules applies to the Study Room and the Research Library.

Your first visit to the Research Library and Study Room

The Research Library

Previous to your visit, you will have to register using the library catalogue. The next step is to take the registration confirmation you receive to the Information Desk in the Atrium where it will be converted into a one-off admission ticket.

Research Services Card
If you will be visiting the Research Library repeatedly, you can ask a member of the Research Library staff to convert your registration into a Research Services Card. To receive this, you will have to present a valid proof of identity. We kindly ask that you pay particular attention to the conditions.

PLEASE NOTE: The Research Services Card offers free admission only to the Research Library and Study Room, but not to the rest of the Rijksmuseum.

The Study Room

Previous to your visit, you will have to make an appointment by submitting this form. An appointment is not definite until you receive a confirmation. If you do not have a valid admission ticket you can present this email confirmation at the Information Desk and obtain a one-off admission ticket.

Address, opening hours and contact


Rijksmuseum, Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam
PO Box 74888, NL-1070 DN Amsterdam

Opening hours

Research Library: Monday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Study Room: Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (upon appointment)
The Research Library & Study Room are closed in 2018 on: New Year’s Day (1 January), Easter Monday, King’s Day (27 April), Liberation Day (5 May), Ascension Day, Whitsun Monday, Christmas (25 and 26 December).


Research Library: +31 20 6747055 / Contact form
Study Room: +31 20 6747267 / Contact form