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Finding a book in the library

Call numbers 

Every book owned by the library has a unique call number [NL: vindplaats] indicating its location in the library building.

Call numbers are composed of:

  • a 3-letter collection code:
    • SOC = Social Sciences
    • ECO = Economics
    • CIF = Philosophy
    • LET = Language & Literature
    • JUR = Law
    • TFL = Theology & Religious Studies
  • a subject category, such as:
    • B80 = Economic psychology
    • R82 = Criminal law 
    • I18 = Political economy 
  • a book number, such as:
    • 49849 

Location of books

Books are arranged by call number and located on level 1 or 2 of the library.

  • Level 1
    • Reference works (dictionaries and encyclopedias)
    • Compulsory course literature (student library)
  • Level 2
    • Books on Economics (ECO), Philosophy, Language & Literature (LET), Law (JUR), Social Sciences SOC), and Theology & Religious Studies (TFL).

How to find a book on the shelf

To find an available book  go to the floor (as indicated above) for your call number. For example, if your book has call number SOC B80 49849, it is located on level 2. To get the book, 

  • go to the shelves labeled SOC;
  • find section B80;
  • find the book number (the books are shelved in numerical order).

Compulsory literature

Student Library

The TiU library holds a separate collection of compulsory literature (books required for courses at TiU): the Student Library [Studentenboekerij=SB]. The SB collection is located on Level 1, in the low grey book shelves past the stairs. 
Some SB books are available online. Check the catalog!

Call numbers 

Call numbers for compulsory books begin with the collection code, followed by SB and the first four letters of the author's last name. Ex.: ECO SB HARR. 

SB books: Not for loan

Student library books can only be consulted inside the library and are not available for loan. For most of the SB books there's a duplicate copy in the regular collection that can be checked out.

Practical info

How do I...

  • borrow a book?
  • extend a book?
  • make a reservation for a study place?
  • pay for coffee from the vending machines in the library's Study Café?
  • print, scan and copy in the library?

The answers to these questions can be found on the library's website