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Eye Study

The Eye Study is the largest film library in the Netherlands. Here you will find digitized films, DVDs, photos, posters, film magazines, books and unique archives of filmmakers. Are you looking for something special or do you want to find inspiration in the collections of Eye Filmmuseum? Our specialists are happy to help you on your way.

Inside the Eye Study
© Paul van Riel
Inside the Eye Study
© Paul van Riel

The Eye Study is open Tuesday to Thursday between 11:00 and 16:00.

From 25 December 2023 though 1 January 2024, the Eye Study is closed.

Location: the Collection Center at Asterweg 26, Amsterdam.

The number of places is limited, so always reserve a workplace prior to your visit.

affiche Metropolis (Fritz Lang, DE 1927)
Metropolis: early design from 1926 by Werner Graul, most commonly used in the publicity campaign at the time

The Eye Study is a source of knowledge for film enthusiasts, researchers, filmmakers and students. The materials can be found via our computers and can be viewed on-site. Image research? Looking to get inspired? We offer workplaces so that you can get started with the material right away.

“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

affiche Coraline (Henry Selick, US 2009)
Coraline: American stop-motion animated film based on Neil Gaiman's novella of the same name, with animations by Japanese illustrator Tadahiro Uesugi
affiche Metropolis (Fritz Lang, DE 1927)
Metropolis: famous poster from 1927, designed by Heinz Schulz-Neudamm, considered the most valuable movie poster in the world today


- 14 study spaces
- 6 workstations of which have computers with catalogue access
- 3 laptops with catalogue access
- 2 media booths
- 6 headphones
- WiFi, printing, scanning and copying facilities
- Coffee and tea in the lounge


You can search our collections via two databases. These databases are public, but you can only view digitised films and other digitised material in the Eye Study.

Collection Eye (CE)

For films, photos, posters and archive inventories. Outside the Eye Study, this database can be consulted in a limited form due to copyright.

Eye Catalogus CE

Library catalogue

For books, magazines, articles and DVDs.

Library catalogue


The Eye Study contains only a small part of our library collection. You will therefore have to select and reserve most materials via the library catalogue. No materials are lent out.

Digitized films and images from the collection

More than 14,000 digitised films, photos, posters and other digitised materials from our collections can be viewed immediately. It is possible to reserve a media cabin for this purpose.

Books, annual reports, festival catalogues, and serial publications

30,000 books, annual reports, festival catalogues and serial editions in various languages. These are mainly Dutch and English publications. The library collection also contains a rich offer of French, German and other language publications.

Journal titles and clippings archive

1900 magazine titles (from 1850 onwards), including 48 current subscriptions. The clippings archive contains more than 250,000 clippings, mainly from Dutch newspapers. These are available digitally.

Personal archives

Eye manages more than 150 archives of filmmakers, institutions and production companies. These archives are searchable and retrievable via the inventory lists in the library catalogue.

Take a look behind the scenes at the Eye Study.

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Eye Collection Centre exterior
© Ton Söder

“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 Utrecht University

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AdamNet's Study Spot Map is a guide to the many study spots and collections the city has to offer. The Eye Study is the right place to consult the Eye Filmmuseum collections.