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Library of Science in the Huygens building

Due to corona measures, services might currently be different. Please consult this website for the most recent information.

University Library

The University Library has a couple of locations across campus. There is a Central Library, as well as three smaller faculty libraries. The Library of Science is one of them. In every library location, a broad collection of books, journals, and reference books are available for the relevant fields of study. Borrowing books is free when using your student card. In RUQuest, which contains our online Catalogue, you can find at which library a particular book or journal is available. When books are in closed stacks, you can request them via RUQuest. Mandatory study literature that is available as e-book is compiled in this LibGuide.

More information on the University Library can be found on this webpage. Resources specific for disciplines of the Faculty of Science, check our Library Guide Science.

For off-campus access you can log in using your RU account. An increasing number of books can be consulted from home as e-book. Visit this page for more information.

Library of Science in the Huygens building

The Library of Science is located on the ground floor of the Huygens building (HG 00.11).

Apart from books and research articles, the Library of Science offers study spaces. On all computers in our library you can work with both LINUX and Microsoft. Several software packages are available as well. Next to regular study spaces, there are some work spaces to work alone in a screened-off place, as well as group work places. Several small discussion rooms are available for reservation.

Service desk

Hostesses at our service desk are happy to help you if you have any questions. Other services we provide at or near the service desk:

  • scan and print facilities (via Kuario)
  • bind, staple, or laminate facilities
  • Lending machine: you can check out and return books yourself. Books you checked out at other library locations can also be returned at the Library of Science.
  • borrow a laptop for a day with your student card when all PCs are in use.
  • borrow headphones and laptop locks.
  • Borrow power banks for your phone or laptop
  • buy office supplies such as USB-sticks, writing pads and markers.
  • reserve the touch screen in the library. You can use this for example to prepare for a presentation.
  • Use lockers for a day (for free). These lockers have power sockets so you can safely charge your phone or laptop
  • Reserve a room in the study area.

Information specialists

Information specialists can help you with various topics concerning information literacy:

  • Searching for and finding scientific literature
  • Referencing and plagiarism
  • Reference software like Endnote and Mendeley
  • Search engines, both general (e.g. Web of Science) as well as subject-specific databases (e.g. Reaxys or MathSciNet)
  • Help with literature review

We also offer workshops/webinars for free!

Note: information specialists are currently (partly) working from home. They are happy to help you by (video)phone or e-mail and they offer workshops as webinars.


Due to corona measures, opening hours and services might be different. Please consult this website for the most recent information.

Opening hours:

Monday - Thursday: 8.30h - 22.00h.
Friday: 08.30h - 20.00h.
Saturday: 09.30h - 16.00h.
During holidays and exam periods, opening hours are different. See this website for more information.

Phone: 024 365 2567
Email: infobfac@ubn.ru.nl

You can also reach us by clicking the Ask your Librarian button on our web pages. We will answer you soon.