Hogeschool van Amsterdam

AUAS Library

Search the Collection

Whether you have to write a (policy) paper, recommendation, research report or your thesis, you need reliable information. Watch the video tutorials and have a look at the tips from the Library.

Databases and Journals

The Library is subscribed to many different external databases. Go to the list of databases for more extensive searches, and then filter by discipline or type. Keep in mind that use of the AUAS Databases is subject to conditions.

Trial databases

The Library offers access to various databases, appropriate to your education. In addition, we offer trials on databases during certain periods. Go to the list of current database trials.


Are you looking for a specific journal or do you want to know what journals there are on a certain subject? Then you can use Journal Search. Then you can browse through the various issues or continue your search within the journal.

The Library of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS Library) has dozens of subscriptions to databanks and e-journals. You can access these in all AUAS buildings without logging in. But what do you do as an AUAS employee or student when at home or outside of the AUAS network?

There are two options:

Option 1

Once you click on a databank in the A-Z list on the AUAS Library website, a login window will appear where you can log in with your AUAS ID. Once logged in, you will have access to all databanks and e-journals.

Option 2

Another option is to use apps.hva.nl. This has a number of advantages.

apps.hva.nl is the AUAS' virtual ICT work environment. Through apps.hva.nl, you can access the software on your AUAS computer from your home computer or another device. This provides secure and easy access to the AUAS Library databanks as well as to the links to these, such as from Google Scholar. You can also use apps.hva.nl to access any files stored on your AUAS computer.

Manuals for apps.hva.nl

Would you like to use apps.hva.nl? Download the Citrix Receiver to your device (this only needs to be done once per device). To do this, follow the steps in the manual.

Go to the manual in the A-Z list


Sometimes it will prove impossible to log in from home, a company or an organisation where you are doing a work placement. This can have various causes:

  • It could be that you are trying to access a databank or e-journal that AUAS does not subscribe to. Only the titles listed under databases and digital journals can be accessed with an AUAS ID.
  • Check your browser settings. The 'accept cookies' option must be activated. Privacy needs to be set to 'Medium'.
  • You are using a firewall. You have activated a firewall yourself, or the company or institution where your PC is uses a firewall. When configuring your firewall software, the 2048 and 2443 ports must be open.
  • You do not have a valid AUAS ID and/or password. Check your AUAS ID and password, for instance by opening your AUAS webmail. If this proves impossible, please contact an AUAS Service Point in one of the AUAS buildings or call +31 (0)20 595 1400.
  • Try logging in with another browser.

Should you still have any problems, please contact the AUAS Library via Ask the Library.



The Library has a large collection of books, ebooks, (digital) journals and databases, specially selected for AUAS. Start your search with a search in the Library catalogue.

  • CataloguePlus provides searching the physical and online collections of the HvA Library.
  • CataloguePlus searches the Catalogue and part of the Databases the library subscribes to.

For more comprehensive searches, use the recommended databases in a particular subject area.

CataloguePlus is accessible without login. A login enables you to request items, check your library account, save records and searches permanently, and get off-campus access to full text publications.

Basic Search

Basic search is a one stop search of the HvA Library collections, physical and online. Find out what the select-items near the search bar mean:

  • All: all publications and materials covered.
  • HvA e-articles+: online articles, e-journals, databases and other online content, including open access publications.
  • HvA books+: books, journals and other physical content, e-books and e-journals in the HvA Library collections.

Use the Advanced search to pre-limit your search to specific fields, material types and publication dates.

UvA locations

AUAS students and staff can use the general access computers in the University Library (Singel 425). From these PCs you have full access to the e-journals, e-books and databases of the UvA libraries. You do not need a library card nor do you have to log in. For legal reasons, access to the digital UvA resources is restricted to UvA PCs.

Where can I get help?

  • Click in CataloguePlus on the questionmark icon for search tips.
  • Click in CataloguePlus on the Help button to get a more comprehensive explanation on how to search.
  • Still need help? Keep calm and ask the Library.

Published by  HvA Library 7 July 2020