The University Library for students

The University Library offers access to a wealth of information. It has everything from books, e-journals and databases to VU theses and early printed and handwritten works. We can also help you learn to navigate all that information with our online LibGuides (Library Guides) and free workshops on finding literature and data.

Study places: study together or on your own


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

Using, requesting, borrowing and extending literature
As a VU student, you are entitled to use the UB collections free of charge. Your university registration card is also your library card. 

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

Would you like to improve your literature and data searching skills? Take the free workshops or consult the online Libguides

Need to view or upload VU theses?

Interested in using early printed/handwritten works or heritage collections for your paper or thesis?
Please contact our curators. If you like, they 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.

Exhibitions at the library and online
Come see the exhibitions in the VU Library Heritage Display Case (near the first-floor entrance to the library in the Main Building) or 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 with large screens & 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 the screens.

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