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Locating a book in the library

Call numbers 

All books in the library are assigned a call number [NL: vindplaats], which can be found on the book spine. The call number represents what the book is about and acts like the book's address on the library's shelves. Because books on the shelves are arranged in call number order, you will find books on similar subjects shelved near each other. Our call numbers are made up of letters and numbers and look something like this: SOC B80 49849. 

What do the different parts of a call number mean? 

  • a 3-letter collection code indicating to which collection the book belongs, e.g.:
    • SOC = Social Sciences
    • ECO = Economics
    • CIF = Philosophy
    • LET = Language & Literature
    • JUR = Law
    • TFL = Theology & Religious Studies
  • a subject code indicating to which subject category the book belongs, e.g.: 
    • B80 = Economic psychology
    • R82 = Criminal law 
    • I18 = Political economy 
    • etc.
  • a book number which identifies a specific title within the range of books on that subject, e.g.:
    • 49849 
    • etc.

Location of books

Books are located on level 1 and 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 a book that is marked as available , go to the right floor. In this example, the book has call number SOC B80 49849 , so it's located on level 2. Once you're there,

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

Compulsory literature

Student Library

The TiU library holds a separate collection of compulsory literature (books required for TiU courses) called 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 only available online. 

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 may only be used in the library. They are not for loan. For most of the SB books there's a duplicate copy 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