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LibSearch, the UM library search engine

The University Library offers you LibSearch, our improved library search engine. 

In order to use the LibSearch personalised features, you need to have a LibSearch account. 


Activate your account

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 Fast Facts

Search in and beyond the UM library

More than 1.2 billion sources

Both digital and physical resources

User information

LibSearch user information

What is LibSearchYour accountBorrowing & reservationsQuestions & Support

In LibSearch, you use one search to browse the library catalogue and the metadata of dozens of publishers, such as Kluwer, Elsevier, Springer, EBSCO and Wiley.

LibSearch also allows you to search the catalogues of (inter)national libraries, including the Dutch national catalogue, PiCarta.

My LibSearch sign in screenYour LibSearch account

Sign in to LibSearch to use personalised search functions, like reserving and requesting books and save your search results in lists.

You can also manage your loans via your LibSearch account.

Sign in to LibSearch on the top right menu of the Online Library and the LibSearch results screen.

LibSearch sign in



UMcardActivate account or request new password

To activate your LibSearch account or request a new password, you need your 6 digit UM/azM card number (see image).


Step 1 

Fill out your 6 digit card number, in the box below and press "Request new password".

A message with an activation link will be sent to the email address registered with us. This is most likely your Maastricht University or azM/MUMC+ address.

Follow the link in the mail for Step 2.

Activate / Request password

Please activate your account before you sign in the first time. 
You can also use this feature when you have lost your password.

If the activation box content does not appear on your screen,
follow this link to open the activation box in a separate page



Step 2 

The activation link in the email will open a page with a form (see image).

Fill out your card number (= User Name), and choose your password.  

After activation or password change you can close the tab/page and go on at (or get back to) this page to:

  1. Start your search in the search box at the top.
  2. Go to My LibSearch  for loans, lists and reservations 
    You can access My LibSearch directly from the top right menu of the Online Library and the LibSearch results page (see first part of this section).

No activation email or other activation problems?

For all your questions and problems regarding activating your account and signing in to LibSearch we have a specialised support team in place.

In case you don't receive the activation message in your mailbox within a few minutes after your request, you might check your spam folder first. 

To contact our LibSearch support team for help:

  1. Go to one of the Library Information Desks  for personal assistance
  2. Use our online support service to submit your request

In order to to borrow or reserve a book

  1. Log on to LibSearch with your card number and password.
    Are you a first-time visitor? Please follow the steps under Your Account to create and activate your personal account.
  2. Click the title of the book in your search overview
  3. Under Availability, under Maastricht University Library, you can see where you can find a copy in our library, and if the book is available for lending or for reference only.
  4. If the book is available you can go to the library and pick it up yourself. You can place a hold on a book, but only if it is on loan, or in the closed stacks.
  5. To place a hold: click the button Place Hold. You then have to login with your LibSearch password.
  6. Click the Place Hold button, choose your pick-up location and submit. You will receive an email as soon as the book is available.

If a book is not available in our library, under Availability you can see a list of Dutch Libraries that do have the book in their collection.

With the Request Item button you can request the book via PiCarta with your Inter Library Loan (ILL) account.

More about information about ILL  


Questions, Remarks and Support

For all your questions and problems regarding activating your account and signing in to LibSearch we have a specialised support team in place.

Before you post your question, please check the Your account tab and the LibSearch FAQ


To contact the LibSearch support team:

  1. Go to one of the Library Information Desks  for personal assistance
  2. Use the support form below to submit your request 

Using LibSearch

Using LibSearch: getting started

When to use LibSearch
When to use databases
How to use LibSearch
How to get the full text
What if the online item is not available?
What if I can't access a specific journal or article
How to get an overview of e-journals and e-books?
How to use Editions and Formats
How to find UM master theses?

LibSearch Tips & Trics

Tips & tricks

LibSearch video instructions

LibSearch video instructions 

How to search

How to borrow

How to renew loans

LibSearch video more



Contact & Support

For questions or information about LibSearch, use the web form below to contact a LibSearch specialist.

Contact a LibSearch specalist



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