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Visitors Information

Visual documentation for all our collections and accompanying reference books are on open access in the study room. General reference books, recent auction catalogues and periodicals and a selection of microfiche files can be found in the reading room. Please note that the library is a reference library and no works can be borrowed.
There are information desks in both the study room and reading room where experienced staff will be on hand to help you locate items in our extensive collections and otherwise assist you.
For a general introduction to the collections guided tours are held and occasionally there are open days.


First-time visitors to the RKD receive a brochure and a floor plan. Coats, bags and refreshments are not allowed on the premises. Please leave these items in the designated lockers in the basement of the KB building.

Please respect the order in which items are filed and boxed. We will reshelve the material for you, so there is no need for you to put things away.

Copies and reproductions
Visitors can make use of the photocopiers, or have copies made. Alternatively, you can request reproductions of visual material from our photographic service.

Ordering Photographs
Ordering Photocopies

Consultation of archives
Items from the Archivalia Collection can be requested via the Study Room Desk depending on their condition. Archives marked as especially vulnerable can be viewed only on request. You can submit your order by email.

Consulting the originals from the Portrait Iconography Collection
Original material from the collection Portrait Iconography can be viewed by appointment only.
Because these originals are stored in a depot, we require prior notice of at least three days before your scheduled visit. An appointment can be made via:

Consultation of the Technical Documentation Collection
Due to the specialist nature and vulnerability of the material in the Technical Documentation Collection this can only be viewed by appointment and under supervision. You can submit your request by email.

Viewing slides and ektachromes, and photographs from the Friedländer Archive
Slides and ektachromes are kept in a special cold storage and must be ordered at least two days in advance of your visit. You can submit your requests by email. Requests for viewing visual documentation from the Max J. Friedländer Archive should also be made at least two days in advance. See also under Friedländer Project. Please state the reproduction numbers of the original photographs concerned in your application.




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