Utrecht University Library
Utrecht University has multiple libraries, but the most important ones for Humanities are the one in the city centre and in the Utrecht Science Park (sometimes referred to as ‘de Uithof’). Both locations have a large collection of not only books but also manuscripts, journals, films and audio files. It is also possible to use the computers and printers and study in the designated study areas.
You must have a library card to be able to borrow books. This card is available for free for UU students and can be created for you at the library desk. The standard loan period of books is 28 days, although you can borrow some books and journals for a shorter period. Using the website, you can extend your loan multiple times, unless someone else has reserved the book. You can borrow up to 15 books at the same time. Should you need more books at once due to exceptional circumstances, permission may be granted to raise the amount of books you are allowed to borrow at the same time.
Using the catalogue, you can make a reservation on books. Once you have done that (and if the book is available/not on loan at that time) the university library team will collect the book and place it on a bookshelf at the entrance of the library (‘de afhaalkast’). Books that are not stored in the depot are easily accessible, as they are on their shelves. Look the shelf number up in the catalogue or browse through the bookcases until you find what you are looking for.
If you do not return your books in time, you will receive a reminder and a 7 days extension to return them. If the books are not returned by the end of the seventh day, you will be fined. The height of the fine will depend on the amount of books and the amount of days they are due. You can pay your fine at the desk or the designated pay machine. You will also be fined for damaged books, so make sure you look after them!
Lecturers can choose to reserve certain books and have them placed on a specific shelf for the duration of their course. These shelves are called ‘collegeplanken’; books placed here cannot be borrowed for the duration of the course. This way, you can all take a look at the books and make copies if necessary. The collegeplanken can be found in the city centre library and are labelled after the title of the course.
Through the University Library website you can use various search systems. You can search the University Library, but you can also many other search systems that provide information about various (digital) archives.
See for a complete overview of all search engines:
On your personal University Library page you can view borrowed, requested and stored material. You can log in through http://personal.library.uu.nl
The university library buildings offer more than 1200 study places with and without computers. For more information about study places and to see which study places are available, see:https://www.uu.nl/en/university-library/practical-information/study-places.
During exam periods, the library offers longer opening hours, giving students more time to prepare for their exams.On public holidays and in holiday periods, the opening hours may be different.