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How to get your documents: Books

This guide offers tips for locating documents at Radboud University.

Are you searching for print or digital material in RUQuest?

In the list of results, you'll see where a book is stored and if it is available. Click on your desired title and click Availability/Holdings for more information.

  • Open stacks (reference only) & 'available'

This book can not be borrowed, you can request it for inspection in the library.

This is study literature in the Library of Science (hence STU in the Call number). It is for reference only.


  • Open Stacks (lendable) & 'available'

You can get the book from the shelf yourself. The Call number shows where the book is located.
adresses of library locations

  • Open Stacks (lendable) & 'checked out'

The book is borrowed by someone else. You can make a reservation via the red button Request item.



  • Closed Stacks (lendable) & 'available'

The book is in the depot. You can reserve it via the button Request item.

  • Gymnasion or Verdieping

"Gymnasion" is part of the depot. Request the item via the Request item button.
The "Verdieping" is a location in the Central Library, where you can retrieve the books from the shelf yourself.

This book is in the depot. Request it via the button Request item.

If it says View all editions, this usually means that more than one edition of the book is available at the Library. Click on the title and then on the Editions & Formats tab to see all editions held by the Radboud University.

Click on the title of an item to view the details. If an electronic version is available at Radboud University, click on Access online.Can't download the book?
Please get in touch! Use Ask Your Librarian or visit your nearest library.

E-books are not filtered by library location, but placed under Radboud University.

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Found your desired item? You can request it:

Request outside RU
If a printed book is not available at the Radboud University Library but you see Held by: Libraries in the Netherlands, you can request it via interlibrary loan (ILL). This is not for free. You need an ILL-account for this. For more information see Request outside RU(ILL) and the tab Renew, request & reserve. Requesting an item from outside The Netherlands is often possible as well, please see the page Request outside RU(ILL). However, this might take a long time and cost a lot more; you might consider submitting a recommended purchase.