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An indispensable part of the IHLIA collection consists of archives from private individuals and organizations that play or have played a major role in the struggle for homosexual/lesbian emancipation.

Without IHLIA, this part of the cultural heritage would have been lost forever.

Archives at the IISH

A number of individuals, organizations and thematic archives are accommodated in the International Institute of Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam

The Schorer Library

Lawyer J.A. Schorer was the Netherlands’ first gay activist

The Van Leeuwen Library

Van Leeuwen’s collection became the basis of the Van Leeuwen library, which also houses the old book collection of the COC


Visiting address IHLIA
OBA Oosterdok
Oosterdokskade 143, 3rd floor
1011 DL Amsterdam

Tel: 020-5230837

Exhibits on the IHLIA Plaza
Free to visit every day, follow OBA opening times