Compulsory literature (student library)
Please note, that as a rule, we expect students to purchase their own compulsory books. We offer the SB books as an additional service if you forgot your books and want a quick copy or scan, or if you study in the Library and did not bring all your books with you.
If possible, we make compulsory literature available as e-books, especially in the wake of Corona, but this is not always an option. Buying e-books for an academic library works very different from buying e-books as an individual. For us as a library to purchase ebooks, they may be too expensive (up to thousands of euros where a paper copy only costs less than 50 euros), they may only be available in very expensive packages, or a publisher or agent may simply not allow academic libraries to buy their e-books.
For more information about this, see our blog post on https://blog.uvt.nl/rs/2020/07/e-books-bestellen-nog-niet-zo-simpel/ (English text included)
The library has compiled separate collections (SB, Student Books) of compulsory course literature, for the following collections:
- Economics and Business Administration (ECO SB)
- Law (JUR SB)
- Social sciences (SOC SB)
- Language and literature (LET SB)
- Philosophy (CIF SB)
- Theology and religious studies (TFL SB)
- Liberal Arts (LA SB).
If possible, compulsory literature is available as an e-book, but this is not an option for all titles. Sometimes e-books come with restrictions for simultaneous access, printing and/or downloading.
The location code for a book in the SB library starts with the collection code, followed by SB and the first four characters of the author's name. For example: ECO SB HARR. Books from the SB library can only be used within the library and are not available for loan. For most of the SB books there is a duplicate copy in the regular collection that can be borrowed for two weeks. The title then mentions two different holdings: one in the SB collections, and one in the regular collections.
The SB library is situated on the first floor of the library, the regular collections on the second floor.