The University Library (UL) is the content manager of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the VU Medical Center (VUmc). It supports the entire information chain for the process of education and research: from knowledge, information and data for education and research to the distribution and management of the scientific output of the university.

The UL has two locations: At the VU main building and at the Medical Library in the VUmc. On both locations are high-quality physical study and learning environment.

For more information, go to their website.

Printed books

On the 10th floor of the main building you will find printed book in open stacks. A larger part of books is in closed stacks. With your library or student pass you can borrow materials via LibSearch. You can also renew borrowed books or cancel reservations.

Documents outside the UL may be borrowed from other libraries using inter-library loans (ILL).

Course literature can be found at the special shelves at the first floor.

Courses or workshops

For an introduction to efficient literature research you can follow a workshop or online course information literacy at the UL:


In addition to online courses the library provides information about various products and services that are relevant in the current academic world. So-called Topic Guides. The library also provides information on different tools to manage information.


If you have any questions of suggestions, please use ask your library or contact your subject librarian:

Willemien van Dijk
+31 20 59 85184