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Erasmus Boekhandel and Houtschild merger brings new opportunities

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Erasmus Antiquariaat en Boekhandel is delighted to announce that its merger with Houtschild Internationale Boekhandel will come into effect on 1st June 2023. The combined company, under the leadership of current Managing Director, Dirk Raes, will continue to operate under the name Erasmus Antiquariaat en Boekhandel BV, with headquarters in Amsterdam.

The union of the two companies brings together their long-established expertise in academic book supply, in order to reinforce their strengths, reaffirm the range of services on offer, and remain competitive in an increasingly complex industry. Houtschild customers, while maintaining their existing customer service contacts, will now have the option to benefit from additional services, such as Erasmus' New Title Information, covering forthcoming academic titles in a wide range of subjects from the Benelux, France, Scandinavia, Germany, the UK and the USA, and skill in selecting titles for supply on approval plan.

"We are delighted to welcome on board our Houtschild colleagues and excited about the opportunities our fusion presents", stated Managing Director, Dirk Raes. "We are confident that the merger will enable us to further increase our efficiency and allow us to provide the best possible services to our customers."

Founded in Amsterdam in 1934, Erasmus Antiquariaat en Boekhandel has since become a preeminent name in the international book trade, specializing in the areas of art and art history, and providing a comprehensive service to university, research and specialist libraries. Its subsidiary in Paris, Librairie Erasmus, founded in 1990, guarantees efficient delivery of French publications.

Since its foundation in the Netherlands in 1974, Houtschild International Booksellers has made a name for itself as an outstanding supplier of academic books and journals from all countries, in all languages, specialising in the supply of English and foreign-language European publications to academic, corporate and government libraries.

For further information on the merger and what it means for your library, contact your customer services representative or write to us at

F.A.Q. Erasmus – Houtschild Merger

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What is the official, registered name and address of the merged company?

Erasmus Antiquariaat en Boekhandel BV 
Veemarkt 207
1019CJ Amsterdam 
The Netherlands

Phone: +31-20-535 34 33
Fax: +31-20-620 67 99

Chamber of Commerce: 33044879 (Kamer van Koophandel Amsterdam)
VAT number: NL007025117B01
EORI number: NL007025117

For Houtschild customers:

How long will the Houtschild bank accounts remain open?

  • You can continue to pay into the current Houtschild bank accounts until the end of August 2023.  After that date these accounts will be closed.  If you prefer, payments can already be made to the Erasmus accounts.  Please always make sure when paying to mention the invoice numbers concerned. 

What happens with my outstanding orders?

  • Outstanding monographic orders ordered at Houtschild will remain recorded and supplied by Erasmus when the books become available. 
  • All your standing orders at Houtschild are being transferred to Erasmus.  Future volumes will be sent from Amsterdam with Erasmus invoices. 
  • Journals continue to be sent directly from the publisher if such is the case now.  Renewals will be handled by Erasmus later this year. 
  • Journals with a consolidation service at Houtschild will transfer to a consolidation at Erasmus.  Renewals will also be handled by Erasmus later this year. 

 How to order books?

  • Via ordinary mail: please send your orders to the above mentioned physical address 
  • Via e-mail: please send your orders to
  • Via our websites or (for French books only): please contact us in case you have not yet access to our website.  We will create a profile for you and send the instructions on how to login. 
  • Via EDI: for those clients who currently send their orders via EDI to Houtschild, you will be contacted shortly with further details  

Where should returns be sent to?

  • Please contact your current Houtschild contact for further information. 

I have accounts both with Houtschild and Erasmus. What will happen to my accounts?

  • The Houtschild account will be migrated to Erasmus and, for now, remain separate using the Houtschild account number. At a later stage Erasmus might contact you about merging your accounts.

How to reach my Houtschild contact?

  • Please be informed that all current Houtschild e-mails remain valid for the foreseeable future.   

 For Erasmus customers:

The merger of Erasmus and Houtschild will have no consequences for Erasmus customers.

For Publishers:

What happens with the Houtschild orders:

  • During May Houtschild will stop ordering from suppliers. Books for Houtschild customers will be ordered by Erasmus
  • On June 1 all outstanding Houtschild orders will be migrated to Erasmus. After that date all books should be sent to Erasmus, see below for addresses.

Where should monographs, standing orders and journals be shipped to?

For books and standing orders, please use these addresses.

For journals, if the journal is being sent to Houtschild in Rijswijk, please change the address to Erasmus. If the journals issues are sent directly to another address, please continue using that address.

  • Main Netherlands address:

Erasmus Antiquariaat en Boekhandel BV
Veemarkt 207
1019CJ Amsterdam
The Netherlands

For Dutch publishers, aansluitnummer Vervoercentrale: 7121076

  • If you have been using a delivery address in the USA, UK, or Germany, please use these:

Woodland Group – Media Division
For: Erasmus Amsterdam / IBS / AIR
560-596 Bercik Street
Suite #1
Elizabeth, NJ 07201

United Kingdom:
Attn. Erasmus Boekhandel, Amsterdam
Dollymans Farm
Doublegate Lane, Rawreth
Wickford, Essex
SS11 8UD
United Kingdom

International Book Service GmbH & Co. KG
Attn. Erasmus 1019CJ Amsterdam
BenzstraĂźe 21
48619 Heek

If you have any questions or if we can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

​Poste à pourvoir au sein de la Librairie Erasmus à Amsterdam

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En effet, vous serez co-responsable d’accompagner nos clients francophones et de leur fournir les informations adaptées à leurs demandes. De la prise en charge des requêtes spécifiques au domaine du livre, en passant par le traitement des commandes jusqu’à leur suivi, vous serez chargé(e) d’apporter des solutions adéquates et éclairées.

Amené(e) à résoudre les problèmes de manière proactive et organisée, il vous faudra communiquer facilement au sein de votre équipe Service clients (en Français), en liaison étroite avec les autres départements (en Anglais et/ou Néerlandais). Une formation progressive en interne vous sera proposée afin d’intégrer le plus rapidement possible l’environnement du travail au sein de la librairie.

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Fournir des réponses éclairées aux questions sur les ouvrages, les prix et la disponibilité de ces derniers.
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Exciting new entries to the Torrossa digital library

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Casalini Libri and Erasmus Boekhandel are pleased to announce a series of agreements with some of Europe's most authoritative and respected academic publishers, for an ever more comprehensive coverage of scholarly publishing from across Europe.

The result of a co-ordinated effort and continued investment in the Torrossa Digital Library, the new partnerships confirm the further evolution of the platform, which now offers access to almost 400,000 monographs and over 1000 scholarly e-journals from more than 450 European publishers.

The new entries to the Torrossa Digital Library bring to the catalogue a wealth of scholarly material published in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Spain and beyond.

From the University Presses of Leuven and Bielefeld to the well-known academic publishers De Gruyter, Peeters Publishers, and John Benjamins, now available in Torrossa are a range of interdisciplinary publications with a strong focus on the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as scholarly works in many, diverse subject areas. They are joined by specialist publishers Oxbow books, Birkhäuser and Mohr Siebeck, as well as publisher of professional resources, Wolters Kluwer, to further expand the Torrossa catalogue.

“Erasmus is delighted to help bring new publishers to the Torrossa Digital Library,” stated Dirk Raes, Managing Director of Erasmus Boekhandel. “Over the last twelve months Torrossa has seen an increase not only in the number, breadth and diversity of the titles in its catalogue, but also in the quantity of content available in English, French, Dutch and German language. This further reinforces its position as one of the principal platforms for European digital research content, while enabling us to offer additional value to libraries and research institutions.”

Among the most recent publishers to have signed agreements, Torrossa welcomes long-established names Duncker and Humblot, Boom/Eleven and Reimer Verlag, together with the respected publisher of study resources, Éditions Ellipses, and the dynamic Grupo Editorial Sargantana. Titles from these publishers will be made available through Torrossa in the coming months.

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Difficulties with UK supply chain

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In October 2022 major UK distributor Turpin went into administration. This affected many publishers, among which Brill, Berghahn, Emerald and Liverpool University Press to name a few (...complete list). Some of the publishers distributed by Turpin moved their distribution to Turpin’s sister company Orca/Marston. Others have taken the distribution into their own hands or partnered with other distributors.

    Complete list of former Turpin publishers:
  • Berghahn Books Ltd
  • Brill
  • International Labour Organization
  • Liverpool University Press
  • The O.E.C.D. (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
  • The Royal Society
  • White Horse Press
  • Callan Method Organisation
  • The Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Dunedin Academic Press
  • Emerald Group Publishing
  • Fiscal Publications
  • 5M Publishing
  • ILM Publications
  • IWA Publishing
  • John Harper Publishing Ltd
  • SEN Press
  • Spiramus Publishing
  • World Trade Organization
  • Zophorus Books

Setting up these new arrangements has taken considerable time and has put huge pressure on the operations of the new distributors, causing delays of at least 4-6 weeks with distributors like Orca/Marston. Publishers are also still struggling to get the stock released that is still held at Turpin due to legal and administrative restrictions. As a result, only now, nearly 5 months later, we and all other vendors are receiving the first few print-on-demand books from Brill publishers. Their offset-printed books will not be available until Summer.

We are in close contact with all affected publishers regarding the status of your orders and will keep you updated. We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused by these delays and thank you for your understanding in this matter.

For any questions you might have, please contact us at

Changes and improvements to our database

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We would like to introduce to you the changes and improvements we have made:

Over 58 million publications

Our new database holds over 58 million publications from all corners of the world. That is more than 52 million on our Erasmus Amsterdam website ( and more than 6 million on our Erasmus Paris website (

Until now our websites featured a comprehensive database for English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish and Italian language publications, but we now include recent Danish, Swedish and Norwegian publications as well.

The bibliographic quality of publications has also improved. When available, we now show more descriptive data, classifications (such as BIC, Dewey and Thema) and summaries (descriptions, table of contents and bibliographical notes).

Up-to-date technologies have dramatically improved speed throughout our website and will deliver you better search results, faster.

Quicksearch suggestions

Our Quicksearch input will now show suggestions as you type, making it easier to find what you are looking for. These suggestions can be filtered by Title, Author, Publisher, Keywords, Torrossa (our e-book platform) and NTS (Erasmus' curated selection). All from the Quicksearch input itself, available anywhere on the website.

Quicksearch suggestions

Aftersearch filters

Our Aftersearch filters have expanded to now include the possibility to filter by:

  • Availability (Available, Forthcoming, Out of print, etc...),
  • Product type (Hardback, Paperback, Digital, etc...),
  • Years of publication,
  • Publisher,
  • Series,
  • Contributors,
  • Countries of publication,
  • Classification (List of available schemes)

All filters dynamically recalculate their totals, as you apply them. Allowing for complicated deep dives such as 'Forthcoming hardbacks from India with thema Architecture' or 'Available paperbacks from Spain by Pablo Picasso'.

Aftersearch filters

Sorting by relevance

By default your search results will now be sorted by 'Relevance'. This relevance is based on our curated New Title Service selection, year of publication and on how many times your keywords occur in the bibliographical record and in which places.

It is of course always possible to change the sorting to alphabetically by title, author/editor, publisher or by ISBN or Publication date, ascending or descending:

Sorting by relevance

We hope the new database will give you a better experience using our websites. If you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to contact us at