Please bring your student card or library card.

How to find a document
To find the shelfmark of a document, you'll want to search the Libsearch.

With each item you find the location (HG = VU Main Building; Medische bibliotheek = Medical Library) and shelfmark (e.g. HG 2e etage : [Selfservice 2nd floor] QA.11127.- ; Medische Bibliotheek : P.LPK: QZ 50). Please write down the complete shelfmark.

Publications in open stacks are marked "Selfservice" or "Reference only". Items in closed stacks are marked "Stack request".  

Where to get it?
The shelfmark directs you to the location of the book: the floor (etage) in the VU Main Building (e.g. HG 2e etage) or Medical Library. The signs will lead you to the correct bookcase.
Publications in open stacks can be borrowed at the self service station or desk.  

Closed stacks – Make a reservation!
Please note! To obtain books from the closed stacks (marked "Stack request"), you have to make a reservation. In the catalogue, click on the shelfmark for more information; click "Details availability" next to the shelfmark to make a reservation. 
Books will be collected from the closed stacks at fixed intervals. See Reserving
Your collection notice and "My account" in Libsearch will state the desk where to collect the item (see Desks, opening hours). 

If a book is not present in the library, you can borrow it from another library via  (ILL).  

When the item you are searching for is not available in the VU collection, you can request it by clicking the button:

Picarta knop

This page provids access to Picarta and also allows you to place an Inter Library Loan (ILL).
Anyone with a personal ILL account can continue using it. 

Borrow at the self service stationBorrow at the lending desk

Loan periods
Most books may be borrowed for a standard period of 4 weeks. Restricted loans such as exam books may be borrowed for a shorter period (1 day).
Magazines and reference books in the Library Reading Rooms are only available for consultation, and may not be borrowed.
There are fines for overdue books (see: Returning items ).

Two days before the end of the lending period we will send you a reminder by email or through the post (if we do not have your email address).

You may renew library materials up to a maximum of five times.

Conditions of use 
VU Library Conditions of Use (PDF)


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