Welcome (back) to the University Library

The new academic year is just around the corner! Whether you are a new student, or are about to start your final year of study, welcome (back) to Utrecht University Library.

Study spaces and group study rooms

There is of course plenty of room to study in the library, both in the City Centre and at the Utrecht Science Park. A part of the study spaces are openly available to use and part can be reserved by Utrecht University students and staff. Do you want to study in a group? Then you can reserve a group study room. In order to give UU students as much space as possible, access to the University Library is limited during the exam periods. All study spaces, including those that do not need to be reserved, will only be available to UU students during the exam periods.

Access to digital publications

If you are connected to Utrecht University's Wi-Fi network, you have access to resources that the library has a license on. Utrecht University students and staff can also access this material off-campus. A simple way to do this is to use the Lean Library browser extension. This extension takes care of the access automatically, so that you don't have to worry about this. View the other options to access digital publications here. Did you know that you always have access to open access publications, even if you are not affiliated with the university?

Borrowing books

In addition to the digital publication, you can also borrow books in both library locations. As a UU student, you automatically get a library card. You can find it in the MyUU app. You can borrow books from the open shelves yourself at the self-issue machine. You can also reserve or request library material from the depositories. You can do this via WorldCat. Does the library not hold the item, but is it available in another university library? Then you can have it sent to Utrecht via interlibrary loan.

Information literacy

In order to do your research well, it is important that you know how to search and process information. The library helps you develop these information literacy skills. For example, you can start with the online training course Compass. After completing this training course, which takes about two hours, you have a good basis in information literacy skills to get started with your assignment or thesis. There are also several LibGuides that can help you on your way.

Advice and support

Library staff are happy to help you. See the Advice and Support for students page for an overview of all library services for students.