University Library

Trial: Age of Exploration database

As of 1 April, FASoS can access the Age of Exploration database for a trial period of 12 weeks. The trial ends on 25 June.

Connect to the UM network (see tips below) and access the database here. For more information, see here.

PDF download options are not available during the trial.

We invite you to take a look at the database and inform us about your experiences via this form.


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UM library FAQ and free resources

Due to the coronavirus, all UM Library locations are closed. Where possible, services that needed physical access to the library, will be offered online.

If you have any questions, please read the FAQ. Other issues are welcome at Ask your Librarian.


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All library locations closed

Due to the coronavirus, all library locations have been closed on Monday 16 March to students, researchers, lecturers and UM/MUMC+ staff. Library services will be offered online.

Ask your Librarian

Staff who run into problems with their research or education may request offline services, where possible, via Ask your Librarian. This is also the place for students to turn to with questions.


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Extra opening hours university library

During January and February the University Library offers extra opening hours.

Inner City Library

  • Saturday 8 February: 08.30 – 22.00

Randwyck Library

  • Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 January: 08.30 – 18.00
  • Saturday 8 February: 08.30 – 18.00

For a complete overview, see here.

Library XXL opening hours, Sunday 14 March until Thursday 2 April

Due to exam period 4 the University Library offers XXL opening hours.

Inner City Library
Extended opening hours until Thursday 2 April: 08.00 – 24.00

Randwyck Library

  • Monday-Thursday: regular opening hours
  • On Fridays and Saturdays: 8.30 – 22.00
  • On Sundays: 12.00 – 20.00


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ORCID iD: make yourself and your research results more visible

Do you worry about getting credit for your research because your name is common or you have publications under multiple aliases (e.g. married name and maiden name)? Do you struggle to keep track of all your research outputs? Are you annoyed by having to enter the same information over and over in manuscript and grant submission systems?

To solve these problems, there’s ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID.


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Research Data Management portal

To improve the support for UM researchers in the management of research data, the University Library recently launched the Research Data Management (RDM) portal.

The portal brings together information concerning the management of research data in every research phase. It provides information on the available research data management infrastructure, practical solutions and where to find assistance.

New from the University Library: ‘Similarity check service’

The University Library launched a new service in their Research support portal: the Similarity Check Service. Whether you want to authenticate your own writing, that by your co-author, or by your PhD-student, the Similarity Check Service is the tool for you. The University Library’s Similarity Check Service can help all researchers to prevent sloppy referencing or plagiarism.


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Libsearch and Inter Library Loan workshop, on 24 May

Maastricht University Library offers a workshop on Libsearch and Inter Library Loan, on Friday 24 May from 13.30-15.30.

This course offers students and staff the opportunity to learn strategies that aim at increasing the likelihood of finding the book/article they need within LibSearch, and being able to make an Inter Library Loan request.

Limited spaces are available so register now.

Newspaper database LexisNexis will become Nexis Uni

As of 1 April 2019, the newspaper database Lexis Nexis (access is offered to students and staff by the Maastricht University Library) has been renewed and will continue under the name Nexis Uni.


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