University Library

A collection with over 800,000 books, journals, illustrations, early works and manuscripts. The combination with a voluminous collection of e-books and e-journals provides a treasure of scholarly information.

Library celebrates 25th anniversary

The World Wide Web was still in its infancy when the Library officially opened its doors on May 21st 1992 as Europe’s first digital library. Features such as the integrated desktop with access to scientific information, an automatic lending machine, hundreds of student workplaces equipped with computers had never been shown before.

We will celebrate this 25th anniversary on May 18 with various activities for students and staff.

Book launch

Many articles were published about the state-of-the-art University Library after it opened. These have now been collected in one volume by editor Pieter Siebers. The first copy will be presented on May 18, 2017. The book Een kwart eeuw bibliotheek van de toekomst en wat daaraan vooraf ging is also available online (in Dutch).

Inspirerende boeken

A number of university staff members have chosen their most inspiring or valuable book including a short statement explaining their choice. These books are on display near the Library entrance (on the left past the detector gates). These statements are also published on the webpage inspiring books.


Selfie contest

The winner of the selfie contest that was organized some time ago will be announced on May 18. The winning student will get the e-reader of the year: the Kobo Aura Edition 2! Have a look at some of the entries below (from left to right: Hoan Van Nguyen, Zhenzhen Wang and Joris Vos ).


Library photo exhibition

A new photo exhibition featuring the Library has been designed. The collection consists of pictures and a number of objects from the Library’s history. The exhibition is shown in the Cobbenhagen Building from Mid-May.


For staff only

Foto 25 jaar bibliotheek computer

Reunion for Library employees

Library & IT Services (LIS) organizes a reunion for former and present Library employees. It will take place in the lunchroom of Cobbenhagen Building. This location was chosen because it is a former library site.

Date and time: May 18, 16:00 – 19:00 hrs.
Place: Lunchroom in Cobbenhagen Building

Research Data Office

The Research Data Office (RDO), the virtual service desk for researchers and Schools with questions on research data management, is to be launched on May 18. More information www.tilburguniversity.edu/rdo.