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Coronavirus: Buildings and facilities

Although on-site teaching and research are allowed on a small scale, we will continue working and studying from home as much as possible. The capacity of the buildings is limited to about 20% because of the need to maintain a 1.5-metre distance. Please come to the UvA only if it's really necessary. This is the only way we can keep the buildings safe and accessible.

Which UvA buildings are open?

  • Amsterdam Science Park (ASP)


    • Buildings A, B, C, D and E at Science Park 904 are open during regular hours.
    • Buildings F and G at Science Park 904 are open from Monday to Friday between 10:00 and 19:00.
    • SP 107 is open from Monday to Friday between 8:00 and 18:00.
    • FNWI Pavilion is open from Monday to Friday between 9:00 and 18:00.

    The following Amsterdam Science Park buildings are closed:

    • AUC
    • Building H

    Staff and students of the Faculty of Science and AUC who cannot work from home can use the above-mentioned Science Park 904 buildings (only accessible via the main entrance!). If you have questions, report to reception in the main hall.

    Authorised approval

    Staff who must enter one of the closed buildings, or sections of SP 904, or must enter in the evening, need to get approval from their supervisor or the institute’s operational manager. They must also follow applicable safety regulations. To get access to Science Park 904 in the evening, staff need to report to reception in the main hall, and sign in and sign out at the Control Room when entering or leaving the building via the night entrance.

  • Roeterseiland Campus (REC)

    Starting from 15 June, the following buildings on  Roeterseiland Campus will be open to restricted degree:

    • REC A is open and accessible via the main entrance on the Valckeniersstraat 65. There are no study places.
    • REC B via main entrance at the Nieuwe Achtergracht. There are no study places. 
    • REC C/D via main entrance at the Nieuwe Achtergracht. Staff of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences can also enter via the main entrance of REC D.
    • REC E, via main entrance on Roetersstraat/Nieuwe Prinsengracht
    • REC L and G (for staff according to protocol), via the main entrance of REC G, with a staff card. Students who are registered for temporary small-scale education can enter through the main entrance of REC L.
    • REC M via the main entrance. Only open to staff based on Faculty access regulations. Web lectures scheduled for REC M will be moved to REC A.
    • REC H. Only open to students by reservation. They can book a study space via the Library website. The adjusted opening hours are 7:30-18:00.
    • REC J/K: until July 1, access system for employees via FS service point.

    Adjusted opening times: 8:00 – 18:00
    Evenings: closed
    Weekends: closed

  • University Quarter

    All buildings in the University Quarter are now open again, but access remains very limited. Staff members who would like to work at one of the locations need to request this via their supervisor. Students who need access to one of the buildings can go to their tutor to request this.

    Adjusted opening hours: 8:00 – 18:00
    Evenings: closed
    Weekends: closed

    Study places in the University Library (UB) are only available upon reservation via the Library website. You can find all the latest information on

    The Allard Pierson Museum is open. See more information on

Questions about the University Library (UB)

  • Will the University Library be reopening?

    The University Library will be reopening in phases starting from 25 May 2020. Students and staff will be able to submit requests for printed materials again from that date. Picking up and returning materials will be possible from 25 May, from Monday to Friday between 10:00 and 16:00.

    Concerning study spaces, studying at home remains the norm. Only if you have no other option you can come to the UvA to study in one of the buildings that are partially open. For available study spaces see the overview under the question ‘Which UvA buildings are still open?’

    From Tuesday 2 June students will also be able to make use of a limited number of the study spaces at the University Library on Singel, taking the necessary 1.5 m distance into account and solely on the basis of reservations. From 1 June it will be possible to reserve a study place via the Library website. You can find more information on the phased reopening of the University Library on Only come to the UvA if you do not have any cold or flu symptoms.

Other questions

  • How is the ventilation in the buildings regulated?

    The UvA is following the RIVM guidelines when it comes to ventilation and the maintenance of ventilation systems. The ventilation in most buildings complies with these guidelines. In some buildings or spaces there is only natural ventilation. Where this is the case, rooms will be not be available for use or additional user instructions will apply. For example, in an unventilated archive room you will find instructions saying that there is a maximum of 1 person at a time in the room and that the door must remain open. We are reorganising the buildings as a result of the corona measures. The safety of students, staff and visitors is central to this effort. In corridors and other areas, sufficient distance is possible if everyone adheres to the access policy: you have made a reservation or you have made an agreement with your manager. You can put further questions about ventilation to your health and safety coordinator or send them via

  • Can I work and study safely in UvA buildings?

    The UvA’s buildings have been organised in such a way that you can move about them while still staying at a distance of 1.5 meters from others. Where necessary, routes inside the buildings have been adjusted. You may have to take a detour every now and then to reach your destination. At the entrance you will be asked to disinfect your hands. Facilities such as toilets and printers are being cleaned more than usual. But we also ask you to be responsible for your own safety when using them.

    The capacity of the buildings is limited to about 20% because of the need to maintain a 1.5-metre distance. If possible, work and study at home. View the Corona updates page for the latest information.