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Eye Study

Eye Study is part of our Collection Centre and offers the opportunity to study in the heart of our film historical treasure trove. 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. We advise you to book a desk in advance as there are limited spaces available.

Inside the Eye Study
© Paul van Riel

Eye Study is open Tuesday-Thursday from 11:00 to 16:00.

“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.


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

- 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


Because of the multitude of materials Eye Study works with a number of databases. Two of these can be consulted (in limited form) outside Eye:

Collection database CE

For films, pictures, posters, and archive inventories. Outside of Eye, CE is accessible in a limited form due to copyright restrictions. A full access version of CE can be browsed in the Eye Study.

Collection database CE

Library catalogue

For books, journals, and magazines, articles.

Library catalogue


Only a small part of our collection is kept on open access, so it is advisable to make a request for materials prior to your visit via the booking form. No materials are lent out.

Digitized films and images from the collection

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.

Books, annual reports, festival catalogues, and serial publications

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.

Journal titles and clippings archive

Eye Study keeps 1900 journal titles (from 1850), including 140 current subscriptions. Our clippings archive contains more than 250,000 cutouts mainly taken from Dutch newspapers. The clippings can be accessed digitally in the library.

Personal archives

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.

Inside the Eye Study
© Paul van Riel

Book a desk or materials

Book a desk, media booth or materials prior to your visit to the Eye Study.

Reservation form

Take a look behind the scenes at the Eye Study.

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Eye Collection Centre exterior
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“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.