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Welcome to new students

As a new student at Maastricht University you are cordially invited to the University Library.

The library is not just a well-equipped study environment but also an attractive meeting place for students. As a student, you will have access to the library buildings as well as to the Online Library, where all our electronic journals, books and databases are stored.  

Getting started

Getting started

Experience the University Library with a selection of video tours

Getting Started

View the video about the Randwyck Library

Library locations

Library Locations

Find your way to and around the library locations

Library Locations

There are two excellently equipped library locations: The Inner City Library and the Randwyck Library. 

In three other UM locations we offer learning spaces: the Bonnefanten, Tapijn and University Sports Centre (USC) Learning Spaces. The principle is BYOD (Bring Your Own Device): they are suited to study with your own device, such as laptops/tablets and books. 

All library locations have great opening hours. In the run up to the exams XXL opening hours are in place. 

You are free to use all our locations. Sometimes you will need your UMcard to access a building (USC and Tapijn) and, during XXL opening hours, you need to use it to access both the Inner City and Randwyck Library.


Visit the Opening hours  




Student Desktop Anywhere

Access to all student desktop facilities 24/7

Student Desktop Anywhere

Whether you’re at one of the learning spaces, at home or doing an internship abroad, Student Desktop Anywhere (SDA)  provides you with access to all student desktop facilities on the campus, such as the Online Library.


Student Desktop Anywhere information and instructions 


Library+ Student

Library+ Student

The Online Library homepage for students

Library+ Student

The Online Library is the one-stop shop for all your library-related online activities. 

Especially for students we provide the Library+ Student homepage, a tailored version of the general Online Library homepage.

Here you

  • have access to the Maastricht University collections (all library supported search engines and provided databases, journals, e-books, publications and more)
  • find out what you need to know when using the library (opening hours, library facilities, products and services)
  • have access to our Skills & Support section where you find manuals, tutorials and workshops you can follow.

And, of course, you can contact the library students & specialists here for personal assistance. 


Visit the Library+ Student homepage 



Study facilities

Study facilities

A brief description of the facilities for new library users

Study facilities

Choose a study place best suited to your needs!

The University Library offers a variety of study places. Sometimes you are looking for a quiet place to study, and other times you would want to hold meetings or discussions and use the available multimedia facilities and electronic whiteboards for group assignments.

The library has over 2,500 study places available in seven separate locations. The Inner City Library and Randwyck Library (incl. the Randwyck Computer Facilities) are equipped with modern ICT facilies. At LINK in Randwyck and the Bonnefanten, Tapijn and University Sports Centre (USC) Learning Spaces you work with your own device (laptop or tablet). 

More about our study facilities

Using the library – Library Services

Using the library

Our services and support for students

Using the Library

Looking for information on a specific topic but don’t know where to start? Having trouble finding a particular publication? Wondering which database has the specific statistics you need?

Ask away: our library staff and library students are happy to help.

More about using the library



Master students

Specials for master students


Besides basic information, to be found on these webpages for new students the next services may be of interest to you:

Specials for master students overview

Language Centre

Language Centre

Language courses and support


Good to know!

The Language Centre of Maastricht University provides courses on language testing, language training and communication skills training to students and staff. We offer a wide range of courses in modern languages as diverse as Chinese and Portuguese, with Dutch, Spanish, French, German and English being the typical working languages. Several courses at the Language Centre are free for UM students.

The language courses are all focused on your study, internship or even your future job abroad. You will also learn adequate communication and presentation skills in the language of your choice, as well as obtaining insight into cultural differences.

Overview of Language Centre services



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