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Q&A about library services PThU


  • + Can I still use the PThU reading rooms?

    No, because the buildings are closed the study places and the physical library collections of the PThU are not available. 

  • + Can I use the Inter Library Loan system (ILL)?

    This service is very limited. A large part of the libraries in the Netherlands deal with closed buildings and have suspended the ILL services. If possible, the delivery of material will be digitally.  

  • + Can I still visit the university library of the VU or RUG?

    The VU library and reading rooms are closed. For more information: https://www.ub.vu.nl/en/news-agenda/news-archive/2020/jan-mrt/university-library-services.aspx

    The RUG library has closed all reading rooms. Lending services are very limited. For more information: https://www.rug.nl/library/news/200313-corona-news

  • + Can I still visit public and university libraries elsewhere in the Netherlands?

    Almost all libraries in the Netherlands are closed or have very limited opening hours. Please consult the website of the relevant library for more information before a visit. 

  • + Will the PThU library catalogue remain available?

    Yes, the library catalogue, WorldCat Discovery, will remain available and provides access to tens of thousands of full-text articles and ebooks. 

    For more information: https://www.pthu.nl/en/Library/

  • + Can I request books from the reading room or depot?

    No, because the buildings are closed the books and journals from the physical library collections are not available. We therefore ask you not to submit any requests until further notice. 

  • + I have library books at home. Can I return these books?

    No, the buildings are closed. Please extend the loan period yourself or email the library if you need assistance. No fines will be charged. 

  • + Will I still have access to the digital collections of the PThU?

    Yes, the digital collections, such as ATLA PLUS and the ebook Religion collection, can still be accessed via the library catalogue. These can also be searched directly through studentnet/intranet. For instructions please send an email to library@pthu.nl and provide your phone number so we can reach out to you.   

    Info for students:  https://www.pthu.nl/studentnet/International_students/Library/

    Info for staff: https://www.pthu.nl/intranet/Bibliotheek/digitale-collectiest/

    Sel also these list of online databases and e-journals with a lot of open access!

  • + Do we also have access to the VU / RUG digital collections from home?

    All PThU students and staff have full access to the digital collections of the VU library with their VUnetID. For more information: https://www.ub.vu.nl/en/

    Students and staff of the PThU in Groningen also have access to the digital collections of the RUG library with their S or P number. For more information: https://www.rug.nl/library/

  • + I need an article or a book that I cannot find in the library catalogue

    Please contact the library. Send an email to bibliotheek@pthu.nl of library@pthu.nl. The library staff will contact you by email or phone. We will do everything we can to obtain the book or article. For example, we can purchase books as ebooks and make them available in the library catalogue and we can order journal articles digitally. 

  • + I really need a book for my paper, thesis or research and would like to order this title.

    Please send the title to library@pthu.nl as soon as possible. If available, an ebook can be purchased and made accessible the same day. Even if we already have a physical copy of the book in our collection, we will order an extra ebook. 

  • + Because the buildings are closed I am unable to access a manual, reference book or a book from the lecture shelf.

    Please send the title to library@pthu.nl as soon as possible. The book may be available digitally via the VU or RUG library catalogue. If not, we will do everything we can to get a digital copy of the book. 

  • + How do I contact the library staff?

    Send an email to library@pthu.nl, any time. On working days between 9 and 4 pm we will answer as many emails as possible. If you want to be contacted by phone, please mention the phone number on which we can reach you.