Library informationfor new students
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.
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Getting started – Inner City Library
Getting started – Randwyck Library
Find your way to and around the 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 devices, 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. In both UM Library locations and the buildings where the USC and Tapijn Learning Spaces are housed, you will need your UMcard to get access.
Student Desktop Anywhere
Access to all student desktop facilities 24/7
The Online Library start page for students
The Online Library is the one-stop shop for all your library-related online activities.
Especially for students, we provide the Library+ Student start page, a tailored version of the general Online Library homepage.
- 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.
A brief description of the facilities for new library users
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 facilities. 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
The library locations offer a variety of study materials, tools, books, CDs and DVDs. In the Randwyck Library, you can also find anatomical models to supplement the academic programmes. These programmes follow the format of Problem Based Learning (PBL), the educational model used by Maastricht University.
BYOD: Bring your own device
Bring your own device to the library – a telephone, tablet or laptop – and benefit from various services:
- there’s WiFi at all library locations
- you can print from your mobile device
- to safeguard your own device, you can use the lockers in the Inner City Library and in the vicinity of the Randwyck Library and USC Learning Spaces.
The library collection contains various faculty disciplines, special collections and a central background collection. Students can access all hard copy information in the library or request a digital version from the electronic collections.
Study places at UM Campus
In addition to our 2500 study places in the library locations, you can find 1800 so called informal study places across the UM Campus. These study places are available for students who want to learn in a more informal setting, such as a common room or a catering facility (for example Mensa, Bandito Espresso or Rivazza). These study spaces are mainly located in faculty buildings and are ideally suitable for group work. Since there is a WiFi connection (eduroam), you can bring your own device to study.
The locations of the informal study places are mapped in this overview (click the image, or bear in mind the url: umlib.nl/informalstudyplaces).
Using the library
Our services and support for students
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.
UMcard for library use
All students are issued with a UMcard at the start of their study. These cards have been automatically activated for library use. Your UMcard can be used for:
- borrowing library material
- requesting journals/books from the closed stacks
- printing and copying
- interlibrary loan services
- accessing lockers (in the Inner City Library and University Sports Centre).
The UMcard can also be used to make internal payments. For example the UMcard is the easiest way to pay for purchases at the FFWD, the coffee corners with daily fresh food in the Inner City Library hall, and at LINK in front of the Randwyck Library.
In the library charging stations are located:
- Inner City Library: in the entrance hall
- Randwyck Library: at LINK
Watch our instruction video:
LibSearch is the UM Library search engine; an important tool for borrowing material from the library. LibSearch can be used to determine:
- whether the book or journal you are looking for is part of the on-loan collection
- whether it is available in hard copy or digital form
- whether you can borrow or only consult the book/journal
- the availability of books and journals.
The 7 most important loan rules for students
- students can borrow up to 40 books per loan period
- the maximum loan period is 4 weeks
- books must be returned before the loan period expires
- the loan period can be extended online via LibSearch unless the book is reserved for another student
- books from the closed stacks or books on loan can be reserved online
- journals are not available for loan but can be consulted or photocopied in the library
- not all books are available for loan (these include books in the learning and resource centres and valuable or very old books from the Special Collections).
Books can be borrowed at the self-service desk or information desk:
Reserved / requested materials can be collected at the self-service unit near the information desk. You can determine when to pick up or borrow your reserved books using the self-lending machine.
- Information desk
Some materials such as back volumes of journals or valuable works are non-loan materials and you can only consult them during opening hours of the information desk: Monday–Friday from 10.30 to 17.00. This desk in the Inner City Library is also open on Saturdays from 11.00 to 14.00.
Return your borrowed materials to the book return boxes on time. The book return boxes are located near the library entrance and near the information desk.
Attention please: return the items on time or pay the fine.
As it is not possible to house all academic literature in one collection, the University Library collaborates on a national and international level to provide you with publications via the interlibrary loan system (ILL).
The ILL student rules can vary per faculty. More information on ILL.
The Online Library is your gateway to academic literature, data and other materials that you need for your courses.
You can access LibSearch from any library computer or via Student Desktop Anywhere. LibSearchs allows you to search in our own hard copy and e-collection, but also the catalogues of libraries worldwide.
During each academic block, students use a selection of journal articles, book passages, reports and other academic materials. These can be accessed via the Student Portal Maastricht University.
Printing and photocopying in the library
You can find multi-function printers in all library locations. You will need your UMcard to logon to the machines. Manuals MyPrint can be found on the website of the ICT Service Centre.
Instructions: library introduction, instruction videos and information skills
If you need to search for information and how to find books and articles that are available in the library, please check out the tutorial Finding literature.
Would you like to see more videos? The library offers several practicals to help you get a flying start. You will find all our videos on the library website > Support > Tutorials and Manuals > Library instruction videos.
Searching for, finding and processing information is the key to your study. The University Library therefore offers you a wide range of workshops and courses.
Peer Point: your guide to writing and research
Peer Point provides free research assistance to bachelor and master students. Peer Point is staffed by master students trained at responding critically and constructively to the work of their peers. Peer Points mission is to help you improve your research skills.
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:
Where to find discipline related databases for finding literature and data
The library offers you about 150 databases in all disciplines (Arts, Culture & Social Sciences / Business & Economics / Law / Medicine, Health & Life Science / Psychology & Neuroscience) for finding literature, case law, reference materials, evidence-based practice and statistics and company data. This is also the place to find our database manuals.
Need help when searching the databases and references?
The library offers (next to curriculum-integrated courses for students, which are scheduled in cooperation with the faculties) all sorts of skills support like (online) courses and workshops such as EndNote. For more information and registration: library.maastrichtuniversity.nl/skills-and-support.
Searching for data?
Are you searching for data? Are you in doubt if the data you need are licensed by the library or otherwise available? In a joint effort with faculty experts and data suppliers, the library supports you in the following ways:
- Check out the Online Manuals we selected for you or enroll in a classroom training
- Have your questions answered by the library, or redirected to an expert at the faculty or data supplier
- Complex questions may result in one-to-one personal instruction sessions of 60 minutes max
Find out more on the Data Search Support portal: library.maastrichtuniversity.nl/service/data-search-support.
Looking for EndNote support?
EndNote is a software programme that helps you collect and keep track of your references, and easily insert them into your research documents as in-text citations, footnotes or a bibliography in any of a large number of citation styles.
Our EndNote support page: library.maastrichtuniversity.nl/service/endnote.
Peer Point: your guide to writing and research
Peer Point provides free research assistance to students and is staffed by master students trained at responding critically and constructively to the work of their peers. Peer Points mission is to help you improve your research skills. More information: library.maastrichtuniversity.nl/service/peer-point.
Writing studio: thinking – searching - writing
The main goal of the Writing Studio is to support students and help them reflect on their thinking, searching and writing process. It is a joint effort from information specialists from the library and teachers from the Language Centre. More information: library.maastrichtuniversity.nl/service/writing-studio.
Thesis SupportAll: information on thesis writing
Next to practical help issues, such as ‘finding the right literature’, using ‘EndNote’ and ‘academic writing’, this portal also contains modules for self-reflection on personal issues, such as ‘stress’, ‘fear of failure’, ‘feedback’ and ‘procrastination’. More information: www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/library/thesissupportall.htm.
Contact & Library info
Where can I find library info?
- University Library website = Online Library: library.maastrichtuniversity.nl
- Library+ Student portal: library.maastrichtuniversity.nl/student
The library website portal Library+Student has up-to-date information on all services and facilities. Favourite the library for direct access to our information.
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/maastrichtuniversitylibrary
The library is an avid Facebook user. Want to stay updated on the latest news? Then be sure to ‘like’ us.
Because of the Facebook algorithm change: if you want to keep receiving our posts in your timeline, click the icon “Following”, and choose the ‘See first’ option.
- Library Wall: library.maastrichtuniversity.nl/library-wall
The Library Wall contains short news articles, background information and feature articles. This part of the site is interactive and responses are encouraged. Be sure to subscribe to the newsletter. Please look down here (in the light blue banner) how to subscribe.
How do I contact the library?
POSE YOUR QUESTIONS IN THE LIBRARY
Go to the information desk
For all your questions concerning the library services, the collections, language courses, and – in the Randwyck Library – ICT related questions (in the Inner City Library hall is a separate ICT Service desk):
- Inner City Library
(ground floor, section C); T: +31 43 388 5005
- Randwyck Library
(first floor, next to the front entrance); T: +31 43 388 5143
- Randwyck Computer Resource Centre
1st floor (adjacent to the bamboo garden);T +31 43 388 5002
Ask one of the library staff members
Library staff is available on weekdays from 10.30 to 17.00 and on Saturdays in the Inner City Library from 10.30 to 14.00. Library students are available during the opening hours of the library. You’ll recognise staff and students by their red shirts.
All of our staff members will be happy to assist you.
POSE YOUR QUESTIONS ONLINE
Use ‘Ask your librarian’
In addition to the library information desks, you can also use our virtual information desk, known as Ask your librarian. This desk can be accessed 24 hours a day. You can expect a response on weekdays from 08.30 to 17.00 (with the exception of holidays).
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Your opinion matters!
Each faculty has its own Library Committee responsible for advising the Faculty Board and the director of the University Library and drafting the collection budget. Each Library Committee has its own student representatives.
Do you have ideas for improvements or topics you’d like to discuss with the University Library? A few times a year the library invites students to take part in meetings or projects to improve the products and services of the library. If you have ideas or would you like to participate, feel free to contact Henriëtta Hazen (E: firstname.lastname@example.org).