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Study places

UM’s choice for Problem-Based Learning as its educational system gives an extra dimension to the organisation of the University Library facilities for students. These facilities, called Learning and Resource Centres, aim to provide students with a wide selection of educational resources as well as study places for individual or group use.

Taking the Randwyck Computer Facilities and the LINK Learning Spaces into account, almost half of all study places are equipped with a computer. The Inner City Library has more than 900 study places. The Randwyck Library (including the LINK Learning Spaces and the Computer Facilities) a total of over 1,000 study places. Moreover, at the Bonnefanten Learning Spaces, the Tapijn Learning Spaces and the USC Learning Spaces, more than 150 study places are available at each location for studying with your own device and books.

Bonnefanten Learning Spaces

About 130 study places are available on the 2nd floor at the Student Service Centre (SSC), Bonnefantenstraat 2.

Study facilities

  • There are 4 small group rooms and
  • 10 bigger “quiet rooms” for individual study
  • Copying and printing facilities
  • The whole building has been updated with WiFi
  • There are no hardcopy books or computers: bring your own device and books

Opening hours

The opening hours are Monday until Friday: 08.30 – 18.00

House rules

  • Park your bike behind the SSC building, on the Academieplein, opposite the entrance of the Jan van Eyck Academy
  • Use the Visitors’ Centre’s entrance  on the Bonnefantenstraat 2
  • Follow the signs “Learning Spaces” to the 2nd floor
  • Disabled persons can make use of the elevator to reach the 2nd floor
  • There is no permanent library staff present in the SSC building. If you have any questions, please use the Ask your librarian form

Tapijn Learning Spaces

The Tapijn Learning Spaces are housed in a temporary building (Loods V) at the Tapijn area. There are 180 study places available.

Study facilities

  • Group rooms
  • Individual study place
  • 2 rooms, each seating 5, can be reserved using the Room Booking application in My UM
  • Lounge/social area
  • Copying and printing facilities
  • The whole building has been updated with WiFi
  • There are no hardcopy books or computers: bring your own device and books

Opening hours

The Tapijn Learning Spaces are open 7 days a week from 07.00 – 23.00

Please note: you will need your valid UM card to get access to the building.


University Sports Centre Learning Spaces

You can find the University Sports Centre (USC) Learning Spaces at the P. Debijeplein 15. There are 175 study places, 90 of them are in an open space, the Learning Loft.

Study facilities

  • Group rooms for 8 -10 persons 
  • Quiet study rooms
  • The Learning Loft, seating 90
  • Copying and printing facilities
  • There are no hardcopy books or computers: bring your own device and books
  • WiFi available

Opening hours

The USC Learning Spaces are open Monday until Friday: 07.00 – 23.00 and  weekends: 10.00 – 20.00 

Please note: you will need your valid UM card to get access to the building.



Randwyck Computer Facilities

The Randwyck Computer Facilities include the computer rooms of the Faculty of Health, Medicine & Life Sciences and the Faculty of Psychology & Neuroscience. The Computer Facilities are managed by the University Library.

Facilities

The Computer Facilities consist of:

  • 5 large rooms, which can be used for instruction or tests. Every room has 45 study spaces
  • in addition there are 5 smaller rooms, also suitable for instruction or tests, each equipped with 12 study spaces

These are multimedia rooms, including a projector and an audio system. Every workplace is equipped with a PC and a chair.

 

Instructions versus free use

These rooms are used by lecturers for instruction purposes or tests. If a room has not been booked, the computers in it can be used by individual students. If these rooms are booked it will be indicated.

Location and opening hours

  • The Computer Facilties are located on the 1st floor of the UM building on the Universiteitssingel 50, adjacent to the bamboo garden
  • The Computer Facilities are open Monday to Thursday from 08.00 to 18.30; on Friday from 08.00 to 18.00.
  • Outside regular opening hours you can make use of the study facilities in the Randwyck Library
  • In general, the Computer Facilities are closed during the summer period

More information

For more information on the Computer Facilities, please contact ‘Ask your librarian’, the library’s digital information desk or any of the Facilities’ desk

staff (T +31 43 388 5002).

 

Group study places

Inner City Library

In the Inner City Library there are various possibilities for groupwork.

  • You will find group rooms throughout the entire building
  • Note that during exam weeks some group rooms will be allocated as quiet computer rooms
  • Please check the signs on the doors
  • On the ground floor of zone C you can make use of a large open area, which you can divide temporarily using movable screens. You can also arrange the furniture according to your own preferences; both the tables and chairs are easy to move
  • On the first floor of zone D, a lounge has been set up where you can work on your laptop, either in groups or individually
  • On the second floor of zone D, you can make use of an open area which is equipped with various types of tables

Randwyck Library

Randwyck Library is also equipped with several study rooms for group consultation. Students are welcome to reserve these study rooms using the Room Booking application in My UM. 

There are also four- and ten-person rooms for group study. In these rooms movable multi-touch screens are at your disposal In room 3.487 you can use a TV with a DVD/video player:

  • four-person rooms: 2.417a, 2.479a
  • ten-person rooms: 2.411, 2.415, 2.417, 2.479, 2.481, 2.483, 3.487 (with TV and DVD/video player)

On the first floor you will also find five studycabins of different proportions, which can be used as group rooms.


Individual study places

In both library locations, you will find study places where you can study individually. Some of these places are equipped with a computer.

Computer rooms

  • Randwyck Library
    • Along with these study places, in the Randwyck Library you can also make use of the Randwyck Computer Facilties. This is where you will find the computer rooms of the Faculty of Health, Medicine & Life Sciences and the Faculty of Psychology & Neuroscience. Various rooms here are used by tutors for instruction purposes or tests. If a room has not been booked, the computers can be used by individual students
    • On the third floor of Randwyck Library, there are also  three computer rooms for students
  • Inner City Library
    You will find computer rooms on all floors of the Inner City Library. Instruction and tests are given in these as well. If these rooms are not booked, you are welcome to use them

LINK Learning Spaces

LINK stands for Lees- & INternet Kafé (reading & internet café), a special facility provided by the Randwyck Library particularly for UM students. Here, you can access the internet, check your emails etc.

Study cells

The Inner City Library offers study cells for individual use in zone D, on the ground (8) and first (8) floors. These ‘concentration study places’ are equipped with adjustable chairs and table, as well as a computer and laptop outlet. Four study cells on the first floor can be reserved by UM staff; if you are a student with health problems, you can also reserve a study cell.

Quiet areas

In both library locations you will find rooms in which you are expected not to talk. In some of these quiet rooms you are allowed to work with a computer or laptop. 

  • In the Inner City Library, the quiet rooms are located on the first floor (rooms 1.10G and 1.237, equipped with computers) and on the second floor (rooms 2.214 and attic room 3.412, where laptops are not allowed)
  • In the Randwyck Library, you can make use of three large quiet areas on the first floor (rooms 1.421, 1.419 and 1.415), in two of which you are not allowed to use your laptop. You will also find quiet computer rooms  on the third floor

The Parlour

The former precious books reading room of the Inner City Library has been renamed the Parlour.
The Parlour will be reserved for official functions and skills training, but when not reserved the Parlour is a silent study room which can also be used to consult the old books collection. Please note that special house rules apply in this room.

 


Ergonomics

In the design of both the Inner City and the Randwyck Library, the ergonomic aspects of study places have been taken into account.

Wherever possible, study places are 80–90 cm deep and 120–150 cm wide. The tables for writing at are set at a height of 74 cm; the accompanying ergonomic chair is a sliding chair or a chair with four legs. The height of the tables with PCs is generally 70 cm, with accompanying adjustable office chair on wheels. The chairs meet the necessary NEN norms.

Inner City Library

In the Inner City Library, various places can be adjusted electronically. You can find most of these in special study cells. These also have hard floor covering to help stop dust from gathering, which makes these study places suitable for users with asthma. In addition, these study places are ‘RSI preventive’.

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Moveable furniture

If you’re doing group work in the University Library – working on an assignment together, for example, or preparing a presentation – you might like to be able to organise the furniture to suit your own purposes. In various places in the library, you can make use of moveable furniture. Because the tables are light, they’re very easy to lift.

  • Inner City Library
    • In the Inner City Library, you can move the furniture around wherever you see coloured carpet, with patterns showing the different possibilities. You can find these study places:
      • on the ground floor, in zone C
      • on the first floor in various group rooms:
        • Zone C: room 1.104A
        • Zone D: rooms 1.210, 1.228 and 1.236
    • Furniture arrangement options
      You can find the options for arranging the furniture on posters in the above rooms, or by opening the PDFs below:

  • Randwyck Library
    I
    n the Randwyck Library, you can use the moveable furniture in various rooms on the second floor ( 2.411, 2.415, 2.417, 2.417a, 2.479a, 2.479, 2.481 and 2.483). This includes the small tables and office chairs on wheels, as well as the four multi-touch screens.


People with disabilities

The Inner City Library, the Randwyck Library (including the Computer facilities and the LINK Learning Spaces) and the Bonnefanten and USC Learning Spaces are easily accessible for people with disabilities. You can reach almost all parts of the buildings using a lift. All buildings also have a disabled toilet.

Special study place

The Inner City Library offers study places for people with disabilities, with electronically adjustable tabletops, just ask at the information desk. In the Randwyck Library, the library staff will assist you in finding a suitable study place.

Parking space

  • There is parking space at the Randwyck Library (Universiteitssingel 50) and at the USC Learning Spaces (P.Debijeplein 15)
  • In the vicinity of the Inner City Library there are various disabled parking places:
    • in front of the entrance to the library on the Nieuwenhofstraat (one place)
    • on the corner Nieuwenhofstraat/Zwingelput (two places).

More information

You will find more information on the Maastricht University homepage > Prospective students > Bachelor’s/Master’s students > Services and facilities > Studying with a disability.

 

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