FAQ

On this page you will find an overview of the answers to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) we receive at IHLIA.

The questions are organized by topic, so if you click on one of these themes, you can quickly find the your question with answer.

Can I shoot a film at the IHLIA plaza?

If you want to photograph and/or shoot a film at the IHLIA plaza, you will have to ask us in advance via info@ihlia.nl

Is it possible to organize a meeting in one of halls in the OBA?

For reserving a hall and for getting catering, please contact the Central Library.

My question is not included here…

Submit your question at our Contact page or to the IHLIA Information desk.

I have found all sorts of old material when moving or clearing my house. Is IHLIA interested in this?

IHLIA will be happy to receive material that we do not have.

Is IHLIA interested in volumes and numbers of LGBT journals and magazines?

Yes, but only volumes and numbers that are not in our collection.

Is IHLIA interested in LGBT-related videos and DVDs?

Yes, but only in videos and DVDs that we do not have in our collection.

Is IHLIA interested in old and new clippings?

No. We only accept clippings in digital format.

In which type of material is IHLIA interested for the purpose of expanding the collection?

All types of material. Ask us via info@ihlia.nl

Can I consult the IHLIA collection online to see what IHLIA has or does not have?

Part of the material, such as books, journals/magazines and videos/DVD can be found in our online catalogue. Objects such as T-shirts and buttons are not.

How can I support the work of IHLIA?

Become a member of Friends of IHLIA for minimum 35 euro per year. The money that we collect is among other things used for organizing projects, acquiring books and journals/magazines that IHLIA finds too expensive to buy on its own, and supporting the organization financially in other ways, whenever necessary.

How can I become a Friend of IHLIA?

For a minimum of 35 euro you can become a donor by filling in you details in the Friends of IHLIA form. You will find the form on the right-hand side of the Friends of IHLIA page and state your name, address, residency, bank account number and mail address. You will receive a payment slip sent home. One-time donations are also welcome.

Can I make a one-time donation to IHLIA?

One-time donations are also welcome. Your gift is tax deductible. The Friends of IHLIA Foundation has the status of a non-profit organization (ANBI).

Can I do anything else for IHLIA?

You can contact us via info@ihlia.nl. If you are writing your will, you should know that Friends of IHLIA is a good cause for any bequest that you might want to make.

Does IHLIA also organize activities?

Certainly! Follow us on our website or sign up for our newsletter to stay updated. In addition, you can also become friends with us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter in order to keep up with IHLIA activities.

May I participate in your activities?

Yes. For information, please consult the IHLIA website.

I would like to organize something in cooperation with IHLIA. Is that possible?

Yes, we are pleased to cooperate with organizations and/or individuals in the area of culture, education and science. Send your request to info@ihlia.nl

Where can I see the IHLIA expositions?

The expositions can be seen at the IHLIA plaza on the 3rd floor of the Amsterdam Public Library (OBA). You can visit the expositions during the library’s opening hours (every day from 10:00 to 22:00).

Does it cost anything to attend your expositions or the opening of an exposition?

No. Visiting an exposition or the opening of one is free.

Do I need to register in advance for attending the opening of an exposition?

Usually not. For information, please consult the IHLIA website.

How can I stay informed about the upcoming expositions?

Via the IHLIA website, the IHLIA newsletter and the IHLIA Facebook page. Via the IHLIA website, you can sign up for the IHLIA newsletter. If you tick Like on the IHLIA Facebook page, you will be automatically notified of IHLIA activities, including upcoming expositions.

May I photograph the items at the exposition?

Photographing exposition items for publication and/or commercial purposes is permitted only after consulting IHLIA. You will have to send your request at least two weeks in advance to info@ihlia.nl. It is permitted to take personal photos at the IHLIA plaza and/or to photograph archive documents for your own personal use.

Is it possible to hire an exposition?

Yes, many current and also older expositions are for hire. Send your request to info@ihlia.nl

Can I order copies of books / magazines / videos / DVDs?

We can copy or scan a number of pages for you from grey literature and articles. The fee is 0.50 euro per copy. Regretfully, we cannot copy or scan complete books. Audio-visual material may not be duplicated due to copyright regulations.

Can I order copies of archive documents that are housed in the IISH?

No. For this you will have to turn to IISH. There you can make copies of archive documents according to the rules and rates of the IISH.

How do I can I pay for copies that I have ordered?

The invoice is sent right away with your order to your address. The invoice also tells you how you can pay.

Are there copyrights that apply to videos/DVDs and to photos/posters?

Almost always. If you want to use or copy videos/DVDs and photos/posters, you must take care of the copyrights yourself.

How can I trace the copyright owner?

If the owner is known, then IHLIA can give you the contact information. In other cases, you would have to find out by yourself.

Can I borrow the collections of IHLIA?

No, because the IHLIA collections are so rare, they cannot be lent out.

Can I borrow the collection in the Pink Cabinet?

Yes, the collection from the Pink Cabinet is available for lending via the OBA.

What is the procedure for perusing material?

Material must be requested 1 working day in advance. That way, our employees have enough time to get everything ready for you. If nevertheless you can’t make it to the agreed appointment, then notify us as soon as possible. You may peruse maximum 12 items each time and the material must be returned to the information desk before 17:00. The audio-visual material can be seen / listened to by maximum 1 to 2 persons at the same time.

Must I bring along a valid proof of identity in order to see the material?

To be able to see the material that you requested, we ask you to bring your Vistitors Information Form as a guarantee. If you have that form, you do not need any proof of identification. If you do not have this form, then it is mandatory to take along a proof of identity.

Am I permitted to make my own copies of books and magazines?

Yes, you can make copies yourself of the reserved material. The OBA has a number of copiers in the building. Copying and printing documents costs € 0.10 per page. It is only possible to pay with a debet card. You will find a copier/printer right opposite the escalator. You can pay with a credit note (starting at 5 euro) that you can purchase from the point-of-sale terminal.

Am I permitted to make copies of archive documents?

Yes, the rules and rates of the IISH apply to this. You would have to contact the IISH yourself.

Where can I make copies of the material myself?

You will find a copier/printer across from the lift, near the escalator. You can pay with your OBA card (if you have enough credit) or with a credit note that you can purchase from the point-of-sale terminal (on the 5th floor).

Can I scan IHLIA material?

No, unfortunately, you cannot scan the material yourself. If necessary, IHLIA assistants can scan a number of pages for you from grey literature and articles. This will cost you € 0.50 per scan. Take into account that scanning may take a few days. Unfortunately, we cannot scan books.

Can I print myself pages from the Digital Library and/or the EBSCO database?

Yes, you can print yourself by paying with your OBA card (if you have enough credit) or with a credit note that you can purchase from the point-of-sale terminal. You will find a printer right opposite the escalator.

Can I send publications from the Digital Library and/or the EBSCO database to my email address or download these to my USB stick?

No, due to copyright regulations, you can only peruse these publications. Exception to this are publications in which the copyright has expired and publications that indicate specific permission for copying (usually found on the last page of the publication).

Can I photograph pages from the reserved material?

Yes, you can photograph material yourself with your camera or mobile telephone.

Can IHLIA send digital posters to me?

No, due to copyrights, this is not possible unless IHLIA is the copyright owner.

Can I ask IHLIA to do research for me?

No, IHLIA is not a research institute. IHLIA’s service is primarily focused on providing information about the IHLIA collections.

I have to write a paper. Can you send me information?

If you find it difficult to find information about your subject, then we can assist you with our reading lists. In addition, we can also create a customized bibliography. When requesting a bibliography, explain very clearly what you are looking for (the subject, which language or languages, country or countries, time period and if possible – for what purpose).

Do I have to reserve a book in advance or can I request it on the spot?

Books in the book cabinets on the 3rd floor can be perused immediately without any reservations. Books that are in our storage room have to be reserved at least one working day in advance. Also carefully read our procedures.

Which collections/archives does IHLIA have in digital format?

A small part of our Digital Library is available online. In connection with copyrights, the rest is only accessible via the client-PCs at the IHLIA information desk on the 3rd floor during opening hours. You will need the assistance of one of our employees. We are working diligently to make more material available online in the future.

How can I know whether I can see certain publications in digital format?

Whenever you see “Digital Library” in the location field in the online catalogue on our website, it means that you can see a digital publication.

How can I know if certain books must be reserved?

Whenever you see “ODE3” in the location field alongside a book in the online catalogue on our website, it means that the book can be found in the cabinet on the 3rd floor and therefore, does not have to be reserved. Books that do not indicate “ODE3” do have to be reserved.

How do I know whether certain books and DVDs are standing in the Pink Cabinet?

In our online catalogue on the OBA website this is indicated by the note “3rd floor… PINK COLLECTION” after you have clicked on Where is it located?

Where and how can I reserve a book / magazine / video / DVD?

At the IHLIA Information desk on the IHLIA plaza on the 3rd floor of the OBA or via email info@ihlia.nl

Where and how can I reserve material that I want to peruse?

At the IHLIA Information desk on the IHLIA plaza on the 3rd floor of the OBA. Don’t forget to take your Visitors Information Form with you. You need this in case you want to see reserved materials. If you don’t have this form, then bring with you a valid proof of identification (passport/ID card/driver’s license).

Where and how can I peruse the IHLIA archival collections?

Our archives are housed in the International Institute of Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam and you can peruse them there. To peruse these archives, you need the permission of IHLIA.

Where and how can I see the video/DVD that I reserved?

At the IHLIA Information desk on the IHLIA plaza on the 3rd floor of the OBA during our opening hours, you can see the videos/DVDs that you reserved. The use of headphones is mandatory. There are two headphones available that can be used simultaneously.

Where and how can I peruse the EBSCO LGBT Life Database?

LGBT Life database is only accessible to our employees, but with this extensive database we have more information at our disposal and we can therefore help you much better.

Can all the collections be seen online?

No. Certain collections cannot be seen outline as yet. We are still working hard on the photos archive. Also the sound archive and the archive of objects (buttons, T-shirts, condom packaging, museum objects) cannot be perused online as yet. You can however get information about these collections at the IHLIA Information desk.

The material that I want to see is not available in the IHLIA collection– can you help me find out whether the material can be rented and/or purchased elsewhere?

Yes, we will try to help you.

Which archival collections does IHLIA have?

On this page you will find an overview of the archival collections. These collections are housed in the International Institute of Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam and can be perused there after receiving permission by IHLIA.

How do I find a book in the library?

Most of the books are in a separate storage area. A small number of books, mainly new study books and biographies, can be found in the book cabinets on the 3rd floor.

There are three IHLIA book cabinets on the 3rd floor of the OBA: two white cabinets and a Pink Cabinet. They are located nearby the lifts. This collection can be perused at any time during the opening hours of the OBA (seven days per week from 10:00 to 22:00).

The collection in the white cabinets CANNOT BE BORROWED. You can however BORROW from the collection in the Pink Cabinet via the OBA.

Are the books arranged according to subjects?

The first white cabinet contains REFERENCE BOOKS, ANTHOLOGIES and BIOGRAPHIES. The second white cabinet contains STUDY BOOKS. The books are arranged in alphabetic order according to authors.

Where and in which way can I search online in the IHLIA collection?
I am looking for a newspaper from the year … Is it available in the IHLIA?

IHLIA has a large archive of newspaper clippings that contains LGBT-related newspaper articles from Dutch national daily papers. Not all the newspaper articles are in our databases. If our database contains the article that you are looking for, you may inspect it. Clippings boxes arranged according to subject and date can be reserved and perused during the opening hours of the IHLIA Information desk. Starting from 2002, the clippings are saved only in digital format (text only).

Are there reading lists available?

Yes. In these reading lists you will find recent titles of books, article and research works or theses about various LGBT subjects. When we selected the subjects, we based our choices on the most prevalent information requests submitted to IHLIA.

How can I search the IHLIA archival collections?

You can do online searches in our archival collections via the website of IISH and our website.

How can a search the archive of pictures?

We can help you with searching in the photo archive via the IHLIA Information desk.

Does IHLIA also have access to external databases?

Aside from our own database, we also have access to the international database LGBT Life of EBSCO Host. This is an extensive index of LGBT-related materials that has been published all over the world.

What can I expect from the EBSCO LGBT Life Database?

This database contains indexes and summaries of articles from more than 140 important and specific LGBT magazines and journals and more than 290 important and specific LGBT books and reference books (mainly in English).

Furthermore, LGBT Life has the complete texts of 55 important and what historically are considered the most significant LGBT journals/academic journals, magazines and regional newspapers, such as Advocate, Gay Parent Magazine, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian & Gay Studies and ONE. In addition, it has more than 100 complete studies and books, such as Classics in Lesbian Studies, Handbook of Research with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Populations and Queer Theory & Social Change.

Besides this material, LGBT Life has also expanded its database with grey literature, including newsletters, case studies, lectures, etc. All in all, this database offers a wide range of information related to the following professional areas: LGBT rights, culture, work, family, history, politics, psychology, religion and sociology.

How can I search for titles via the EBSCO LGBT Life Database?

Unfortunately, LGBT Life is only accessible to our employees at the IHLIA information desk, but with this extensive database we have more information at our disposal and we can therefore help you much better. It is however possible for a visitor to consult this database together with our employees.

How can I come to IHLIA?

IHLIA is located on the 3rd floor of the Amsterdam Public Library (OBA), Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam. Read the directions on how you can get to the OBA.

When is the study hall open?

The study hall is open seven days a week from 10:00 to 22:00. The Information desk is open on Monday to Thursday from 12:00 to 17:00. The IHLIA information desk is closes on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and national holidays.

What sorts of collections does the IHLIA have?

IHLIA has the largest gay and lesbian collection in Europe, with more than 110,000 titles. It has 1,415 meters of cupboard shelves that hold around 22,000 books, 4,800 magazines/journals, 2,000 videos and DVDs with movies, documentaries, TV series and commercials, 6,500 posters and 11,000 theses, brochures, academic papers and memos.

Do I have to become a member of IHLIA to peruse the collections?

No, that is not necessary. Access to the study hall and perusing the collections is free. On their first visit, we ask our guests to fill in a Visitors Information Form. This form can also be used for subsequent visits.

Do I have to pay for the services provided by IHLIA?

Access to the study hall and perusing the collections is free. Also requests for information, which are sent by email and which can be handled fast and easily, are part of our services.

Can I conduct research in the IHLIA?

IHLIA is a library, archive and information center that welcomes anyone who wants to do his/her own research in our study hall.

What is the Pink Cabinet?

The Pink Cabinet contains books and films about LGBT subjects. IHLIA began this project together with the Amsterdam Public Library (OBA), because ‘pink’ books and films – if they were already available – they were often difficult to find or simply not visible. The first Pink Cabinet now has a place on the IHLIA plaza in the OBA but ultimately, we would like to see this special cabinet in as many public libraries as possible in the Netherlands.

Is the collection in the Pink Cabinet the same as the collection of IHLIA?

Most of the books and DVDs in the Pink Cabinet can also be found in the IHLIA collection. The difference is that, contrary to the IHLIA collection, the collection in the Pink Cabinet can be borrowed.