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Opening of RKD and extra digital looking-up service

Please note: the RKD is closed because of the measures against the spread of the corona virus. We hope to open our doors to the public again on May 26. It is temporarily not possible to reserve a workplace, but our looking-up service is available.


Visit to the RKD

A limited number of work places are available at the RKD on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The RKD is open from 11.00 to 16.00, by appointment only. You will be assigned a spacious workplace with a computer, where you can consult archives, books, the RKD Viewer and other materials. Archives must be requested in advance via the registration form. Prior to your visit you will receive an email with confirmation of your registration and regulations, read these carefully to make your visit as safe and pleasant as possible.

  • The RKD is open by appointment on: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 11.00 to 16.00
  • Wearing a non-medical face mask is mandatory during the entire visit to the RKD
  • The face mask may only be removed at your workplace
  • You can only pay by card, regular rates day pass or annual pass
  • Register in advance via this form. Please note, material from the open shelves and books can no longer be requested in advance, you can request them during the visit. You only need to request archives when registering.
  • Follow the guidelines
  • Check the RKD website on the day of your visit for any updates


Consult material

  • You can access material from the open shelfs (books, magazines, visual documentation and press documentation) during your visit
  • You can request books from the depot during the visit until 15.00
  • Please provide archival material when registering. Archives that, according to the website, can only be consulted by appointment, must be requested at least 10 days in advance
  • Please provide archive name and inventory numbers to request archives. For example: Herbert Henkels archive / inventory numbers: 14, 15, 16


Looking-up service

To help annual pass holders we have laid on an additional free digital looking-up service to provide answers to straightforward questions and thus support art-historical research being done remotely. You should send a detailed request by email to rkdbalie@rkd.nl putting 'digital looking-up service' in the subject field. This is not so much about art historical research as providing answers to clearly defined questions which can be looked up in a short space of time. The clearest possible description is essential, so think especially of:

  • Publication: give the title and page numbers required
  • Archive: inventory number
  • Auction catalogue: name of auction house, date and lot number
  • RKD Viewer: artist, title and dimensions

We can scan material, but at the moment we cannot provide professional photography. Our acceptance of a request does not transfer any rights. The RKD reserves the right to refuse a request, without entering into discussion. We aim to provide a response to requests within 5 working days.