University Library

Publishing your theses university library for students

Library and IT Services publish Tilburg University students theses in WorldCat Discovery.There are procedures for students per faculty for publishing a digital version of the thesis to the library database.

Guidelines for publishing your thesis in the Thesis database

It is important that the thesis meets the following requirements in order for it to be entered into the database:

  • The thesis has a cover page, title page and a table of contents
  • The title page contains the following information:
    • title (and possible subtitle)
    • full initials/first name, surname and (ANR) student's registration number
    • date and year of graduation
    • name of graduation department
    • supervisor(s) full initials and surname
    • faculty name
  • The pages must be numbered
  • The thesis must be one single pdf-file

NB. Don't put any personal information (address, on your thesis pages.

Delivery in pdf format

The digital version of your thesis needs to be sent in pdf format. To this purpose you can use the program PDF995 that is available as standard software on the student desktop (in the Utilities menu). The digital version of the thesis should consist of one single pdf file.

Check special characters and symbols

Check whether all pages of your thesis can be read in the program Adobe Acrobat. Sometimes special or exceptional letter types, symbols or figures may be a problem.


Please note that your thesis will be made publicly available in the Thesis database via the library (i.e. your thesis will be found by Google). If for some reason your thesis cannot be made publicly available, please indicate this when you send it to the service desk.

Need help?

In case of problems with the use of PDF995 contact Library Support.

Additional information per school

Economics and Management

Students of the Tilburg School of Economics and Management may hand in their thesis by delivering a PDF file to the secretariat of their department. See also the general guidelines.


Students of the Tilburg School of Humanities hand in a digital version of their thesis at the Service desk Education, Research and Communication (D 353). This can be done on CD-r/rw, usb-stick or via the e-mail address The Service desk will redirect the thesis to the library.

See also the general guidelines


Students from the Tilburg Law School should register in the electronic thesis file. One of the functions of this electronic system consists of establishing the thesis' final version. This end version should also be handed in to the thesis supervisor on paper. As soon as the electronic end version has been set down in the thesis file, it is automatically sent to the library for insertion in the thesis database. There is no need to send a paper copy to the library.