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University Quarter

Function and facilities

With the construction of the new UB, the UvA is taking an essential step in the development of the University Quarter. The new UB will become the central meeting place at the campus.

The new UB will be a state-of-the art library that provides information and services, as well as a place where students can study for many hours each day. With this modern University Library, the UvA is not only making knowledge accessible to staff and students, it is also enabling them to absorb that knowledge, to extend it and to exchange it with others in an inspiring setting. The UB will thereby both contribute substantively to and facilitate the primary process, including that of the Faculty of Humanities.


Library desk

Getting together

The UB is ideally suited to fulfil the function of a meeting place, in part because it houses many academic disciplines under one roof. That interdisciplinary character is reflected in the collection, services and staff. The University Library offers an inspiring environment and serves as an interdisciplinary knowledge hub facilitating collaboration and community building: as such, it is a fitting calling card for the entire UvA.


Soon, the new UB will offer students and employees all the facilities and functions they need to work and study effectively. In recent years, direct users have compiled a Schedule of Requirements (Dutch only) for the University Library. This includes the following points:

  • 7 km of collection resources stored in an open configuration: books, audio, video, films, magazines and, of course, digital information; 
  • a total of 950 study places with modern ICT facilities, situated both amongst the collections and in separate study and project rooms; 
  • 80 workstations; small and large tutorial rooms, individual study rooms and study places where visitors can view the collection on special media;
  • rooms for small meetings, conferences, teaching and small exhibitions;
  • a canteen on the ground floor, on the side facing the Nieuwe Doelenstraat;
  • a bicycle parking facility under the building, eliminating the need for a bike shed at street level. 

These facilities will allow the new UB to meet an important need from the Faculty of Humanities and contribute to the development of the campus.