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Subject guides: Dutch

Dutch section

Printed collections in UCL Library Services are described below. There is also information about:

Printed collections

The principal collection for Dutch is on the 2nd floor of the Main Library, South end, at the end of the History corridor.

See separate pages for maps, contact details and opening hours.

Book collections

The Dutch collection has its own classification scheme for arranging books on the shelves; a typical classmark for Dutch will start DUTCH H 32. - followed by numbers denoting its classified position on the shelves in that section and the first three letters of the author's surname; e.g.

DUTCH H 32.14 VAN for a Dutch-English dictionary

DUTCH H 32.51 HER for a book on Dutch or Belgian history

Books by or about individual authors have an extra number in brackets:

DUTCH H 32.8 MUL (2) for a work by Harry Mulisch,

DUTCH H 32.8 MUL (3) for a work about Harry Mulisch.

There are copies of the classification system in the Dutch Reading Room and at the Enquiry Desk.

A classmark beginning with the word STORE, or with a number - e.g. 98-15234 - refers to a work housed away from the UCL Main Library. For these works, you will need to fill in the online store request form or click the Place Request link in Explore. Most but not all items in Store can be borrowed.

Some of the other main sections you are likely to need are:

ART (Main Library, first floor, South Corridor): a fine collection on the Dutch Golden Age and other periods.

HISTORY (Main Library, second floor, South Corridor): a large collection of European political, social and cultural history.

LITERATURE (Main Library, first floor, North Corridor): books on literary topics not specific to any one language, literary theory, translation theory, etc.

LINGUISTICS & PHONETICS (Language and Speech Sciences Library, 2 Wakefield St): books and periodicals supporting the theory and practice of language study.

Click here for instructions on how to find a book using the Explore search tool.


Most DUTCH PERIODICALS are shelved in our off-site store. The current year's issues of most are, however, on open-access in the Dutch library, along with the older volumes of eight titles. Periodicals are usually available for loan, although this may be restricted to overnight access. For electronic journals, see below.

The HUMANITIES PERIODICALS, a collection of interdisciplinary periodicals in Arts and Humanities subjects, are shelved in the Main Library, 2nd floor, North Corridor..

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Electronic collections

Material held in electronic form is available to registered members of UCL. Limited guest access is available. Some resources are freely available on the internet.


The Library subscribes to a number of bibliographic databases, of which the following might be particularly useful:

The following full-text resources are also available:

Click here for a complete list of databases available at UCL.

Electronic journals

A range of electronic versions of journal titles is available. Start from the list on the Library's web pages.

A range of titles is available through JSTOR - a project to store long back runs of selected journals in electronic form.

Exam papers

Copies of College examination papers for the past 5 years are available online.

Printed copies of the most recent year's papers are held in the South Corridor of the Main Library next to the reshelving area. Previous years are kept in Store and should be requested via a store request form.

Other Web resources

Full text resources:

Woordenboek der Nederlandsche Taal A descriptive, historical, scholarly dictionary of the Dutch language.

Virtual learning resources:

Open Learning Environment for Early Modern Low Countries History A multimedia educational resource.

Virtual Dutch An inter-university teaching and learning initiative in Dutch Studies.

Internet resources of academic quality can be accessed using subject gateways or directories. These gateways are often compiled by subject specialists and can therefore provide a quick and reliable way of finding material of academic quality on the Web.

Gateways specific to Dutch include:

General gateways include:

For more details about the Department of Dutch at UCL click here to access the departmental homepage.

Other useful websites are:

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Other libraries

UCL Library Services holds the University's specialist collection in Dutch language and literature. However, Senate House Library (Senate House, Malet Street) has a strong collection in other languages, in arts and social and historical sciences, and is especially strong in periodicals holdings. Any registered member of UCL can join the library and borrow from there.

The Library of the Institute for Historical Research holds an array of historical resources for the history of the Low Countries, with extensive holdings of primary sources and an assortment of archival guides and bibliographies.

The Warburg Institute Library has a strong collection in Renaissance culture in all its aspects.

The British Library has a strong collection of Dutch materials.

More information is available about the use of other libraries.

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Contact details

If you have any problems in using the Library, come to the Enquiry Desk, or ask for the subject librarian for Dutch:

Vanessa Freedman
E-mail v.freedman@ucl.ac.uk
Telephone: internal: 32598; external: 020 7679 2598

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