Eye Study

Studying at the heart of film history. Eye Study offers you the opportunity to study in the heart of our film historical treasure room. Surrounded by archives of visual material, film posters, photos and other unique sources, you will draw inspiration from over a century of film history. Do you have any specific questions? Our specialists will help you on your way.

I think one of the privileges of being a filmmaker is the opportunity to remain a kind of perpetual student." Edward Zwick, director of The Last Samurai

The future of film starts with research at Eye Study. This inspiring space filled with film history is the prime source of knowledge for researchers, filmmakers, students and producers. Here you will find over 14,000 digitised films, photos, posters, books, unique archives by filmmakers as well as historical and current film magazines. All the material can be found through the computer catalogues and can be consulted on site. Our staff members are trained specialists and are there to answer specific search questions. Image research? Looking for inspiration? Start working immediately with the material in our workspaces.

Eye Study is part of the Collection Centre.

plan your visit

opening hours:
Tue - Fri 12.00 - 17.00

book a desk

address & contact

Asterweg 26
1031 HP
020-5891 411

route (dutch)

  • Eye Study interior (photo by Paul van Riel)

  • Eye Study interior (photo by Paul van Riel)


  • 6 study spaces with access to the catalogue
  • 6 workspaces
  • 2 media pods
  • WiFi, printing, scanning and copying facilities
  • Specialists at hand to answer queries

I worked on my thesis at Eye Study and can recommend this place to any student or researcher. It is a great resource as you have access to all sources here. There are also specialists present who can help find material.’ Bonnie van Vugt (student at Utrecht University)

We advise you to book in advance as there are limited spaces available.


Because of the multitude of materials from different sources Eye Study works with a number of databases. Two databases can be consulted (without full access to films and files) outside Eye:


requesting materials

Only a small part of our books, journals and archives is kept on open access, so it is advisable to contact us or make a request for materials prior to your visit via eyestudy@eyefilm.nl, or in the 'additional information' field of the booking form. No materials are lent.

films, photos, posters

More than 9000 digitized films from the collection can be viewed directly, but also photos, posters, movie stills, etc. It is possible to book a media booth.


The Eye Study holds 30,000 books, annual reports, festival catalogues and serial publications in different languages. These are mainly Dutch and English publications, but French and German books are also well represented.

magazines & journals

Variety, Skrien, Sight & Sound, Filmkrant, Cahiers du cinéma ... Eye Study keeps 1900 journal titles (from 1850), including 140 current subscriptions.


In Eye Study you can browse the international database of the FIAF. It contains references to more than 310,000 articles in film and television journals from 1972 to now.


Our clippings archive contains more than 250,000 cutouts mainly taken from Dutch newspapers. These can be accessed digitally in the library.


Eye keeps more than 150 archives of filmmakers, institutions and production companies. Full inventories are available in CE; many of these archives can be viewed on request.