New location University Library on City Centre Campus

The University Library (UB) will relocate to the City Centre Campus. It will house the collections belonging to the Faculty of Humanities, study spaces and facilities for teaching, research and meeting In order to reach a proper decision on the new location of the University Library, the Executive board would also like to consult UvA staff and students.

Students with books in library

Background of the consultation

In 2014, a design for the University Library on the Binnengasthuis premises was completed. An alternative scenario was developed the following year as well. In order to reach a proper decision on the new location of the University Library, the Executive Board would like to consult UvA staff and students. This is in keeping with point five of the Ten-point Plan: ‘Present the decision on the construction of a new University Library to the entire academic community and provide full transparency on the subject of accommodation.’


Location scenario A: Binnengasthuis premises

Two scenarios:

  • Scenario A: The University Library is located on the Binnengasthuis premises (in the Tweede Chirurgische Kliniek and Zusterhuis buildings), a design by MVSA Architects and Architectenbureau J. van Stigt.

Location scenario B: Oudemanhuispoort premises

  • Scenario B: The University Library is located in the Oudemanhuispoort, together with education and the logistical hub, a design by Architectenbureau Grosfeld van der Velde.

The consultation process

On 16 March, Executive Board President Geert ten Dam will open the consultation period with a kick-off meeting in VOX-POP (Binnengasthuisstraat 9). Consultation with the academic community will take place through 13 April. During this period, you may visit the exhibit about the new University Library in VOX-POP. This exhibit – which shows both design options and the process itself – contains maps and artist impressions, as well as videos and presentation books featuring the designs. The architects will also visit the exhibit to share additional information on their designs and answer questions on 21 March (scenario A) and 23 March (scenario B), at 16:30.

An online platform where you can share your opinion will be available during the consultation period. You will receive an e-mail inviting you to participate in this platform sometime in the first half of March. A research agency will use the input received via the platform to conduct a qualitative data analysis. This input will be integrally incorporated into administrative decision-making. You can also sign up – via the platform – to take part in the thematic focus groups, in which small groups will seek to examine the matter in greater depth in weeks 14 and 15.

Who will be involved in the consultation?

  • Academic community: UvA staff and students.
  • City Centre Campus test group and steering group: a representation of the staff of FGw, the University Library, staff departments and shared service units plus the Executive Board (in steering group).
  • Independent urban planning adviser Koen van Velsen
  • Participation in decision-making: Central Works, Faculty of Humanities Works Council, Faculty of Humanities Student Council, Central Student Council, Joint Works Council, consultative group.


Published by  Real Estate Development

16 March 2017