Library Rijksmuseum. Photography: Sam van Oosten
44th ILAB Congress,
29 September -
1 October 2020
and the
40th International Amsterdam Book & Print Fair
2 & 3 October 2020




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Amsterdam, world capital of book production in the 17th and 18th centuries, still abounds in libraries. Pick your choice: Ets Haim, the oldest Jewish library in Europe; the Artis-Bibliotheek, the library of our zoo where you step from Audubon in the actual natural world; the Special Collections of our University; the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, shelter for intractable thinkers; the City Archives with jewels of our past; and many more.

Amsterdam is full of museums, large and small: of course you will have the opportunity to see Rembrandt in the Rijksmuseum, and Mondriaan in the Stedelijk, our shipping history in the Scheepvaart Museum (home to great atlases and globes, and tales of discovery), and much more.

Fine restaurants cater to the hungry booksellers and waterfront cafés to the thirsty.

The program includes a trip outside Amsterdam, visiting Haarlem and Zaanse Schans or Oud-Zuilen. ILAB-Congress is also an opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences. Conferences with bibliophiles and professionals are planned, discussions on the history of the book and its future. Moreover: participants are invited to join the Symposium: Provenance, Theft and Forgery, organized by ILAB with the University of Amsterdam on October 1st.

When the Congress ends, the Fair opens its doors.

The Congress participants will have the privilege of a cocktails preview of the Book Fair on Thursday, before we conclude our Congress with a festive dinner.
The 40th Amsterdam International Book & Print Fair will be open to the public on Friday 2 October and Saturday 3 October.

We, the Dutch Antiquarian Booksellers (NVvA) invite you to join us at the 44 ILAB Congress. Please let us know your e-mail address ( if you want to stay informed.