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The University Library for students

What can the University Library do for you during your studies? From finding literature to uploading your thesis to using our special collections, find out what the UL can do for you.

We have adapted our services due to the national corona measures.Read more about the latest service updates.

Find a study place
The University Library offers study places on several floors in the Main Building for students who are unable to work at home due to circumstances. Here you can study in silence, work on the computer or take an online lecture.
The number of places is limited. Check here for an overview of available places.

Borrowing and extending literature
As a VU student, you are entitled to use the UB collections free of charge.
- After activation your university registration card is also your library card.
- Borrowing, renewal.
- Request literature from other libraries other libraries.

Use the library anywhere, at any time, with Library Access
Install the Library Access browser extension.

View past VU Master’s and Bachelor's theses
- VU Amsterdam's online thesis database.

Upload your thesis 
Upload your approved Bachelor's or Master's thesis.

Take a free workshop or consult the online Libguides
View the workshops on offer. 
- Read the Libguide LibSearch to find out how to use LibSearch to search the VU Library collections and those of other libraries worldwide.
- Consult the online LibGuides on finding literature in your field and obtaining data.

Drop by the Data Help Desk
Data Help Desk's walk-in office hours  (January through July).

Use early printed/handwritten works or heritage collections
- Our curators can assist you in coming up with a thesis topic. The material can be requested via LibSearch and then viewed in the Special Collections Reading Room.
- Browse the Image Database for inspiration. Take a look at our Special Collections webpages to find out more. 

Come see our exhibitions
- In the VU Library Heritage Display Case: near the first-floor entrance to the library in the Main Building.
- Check out the online exhibitions.

Printing 3D objects
Would you like to 3D print an object in connection with your research project or thesis? If so, please contact Sylvia Moes, e-mail:

Video conference & multimedia workstations
Need to hold a remote conference? Use the VU Library video conference room on the 1st floor (1A-01) of the VU Main Building. Your conversation partners will be displayed life-size on large screens


  • Ask your question via, or
  • Visit the Library Desks: Main Building, VU Library, 1st floor & the Medical Library, VU University Medical Center, 0B-100.  

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