Universiteit Maastricht

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

University library

The University Library offers learning and resource centres in support of the Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

The Maastricht University Library offers students more than just a collection of books. Whereas it has an outstanding collection, it is also a place for students to come together and make use of its Learning and Resource Centres, either individually or in groups. Because the university campuses are located in two parts of the city, there are two libraries: one in the inner city and one in Randwyck. These are open every day, including on weekends, until late in the evening.

Learning and Resource Centres
The University Library fulfils the requirements of our time. The Learning and Resource Centres – one at each library location – play an important role in this. In close consultation with the faculties this student environment is especially designed to support the university’s prized educational system: Problem-Based Learning.

In the Learning and Resource Centres you will find:

  • a variety of rooms for individual and group work, with or without computers
  • more than 1300 ergonomically designed study areas, many of them equipped with computers
  • a wireless network and laptop outlets
  • a collection of course books put together by tutors (these are not on loan, but are permanently available as a reference collection)
  • special collections such as audiovisual material and anatomical models

An extensive course package is offered to help you search for, process and apply information.

Student Desktop
The Student Desktop enables you to access the library software from home or anywhere else in the world, provided you have an internet connection. All programmes and files are available on a central server, so it doesn’t matter where you are or when you log on: your own virtual study environment is available anywhere, anytime.


The library’s eLibrary makes electronic sources of information available for education and research purposes. Some of these quality sources would otherwise require a fee, so you would not be able to access them via for instance Google. eLibrary, however, provides speedy access to not just all available electronic files and journals, but to the catalogues of books and hardcopy journals as well. The eLibrary is available from any location, 24 hours a day.