Library of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences

Location of the library PSBIB

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Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 41 Blok T2

9000 Gent

Contact: or 09/264.68.93

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The faculty library opened its doors for the public in the new dwelling in campus Technicum, on Monday September 27th 2021.  Four former departmental libraries merged into one faculty library with one collection, universal services and a unique and large space.

This integration goes hand in hand with a (re)newed mission for the faculty library (in Dutch) of political and social sciences, approved by the Faculty council on October 14, 2020.  In the coming months and years, this mission will be put into practice gradually, but a first step is the commissioning of a new space and new services. 

Opening hours Academic Year 2022-2023

The library is open from Monday till Friday between 9 am and 5 pm.  On Tuesday Octobre 4, the library will be exceptionally closed all day.

More details: opening hours

And what about Corona?

At the moment there are no restrictions. The library is bound by the regulations of the Rectorate concerning COVID and are therefor conditional. Check the general regulations of the university on Coronameasures@Ugent

Disinfectant will be available at the entrance and in the reading room.


You are very welcome for :

  • 147 study spaces (no reservation needed)
  • 7 meeting rooms for consultation, group work, with different capacities. Reservation can only made online. Check availability online.  Check the conditions for usage of meeting rooms.
  • A print book collection of more than 350 running meter, for the four departments of the faculty, all available for loan and chapter scan (via
  • Academic journals, newspapers and general magazines.
  • Interlibrary loan: requests via via
  • Help for all your information searches.
  • And so much more...

Make a reservation of a meeting room

Seven meeting rooms can be used by students and staff of UGent, providing they have a working UGent email. Reservations only online  .

When making a reservation, you must enter a valid UGent-mail address (i.e. ending with  Choose the room, date, hour and size.  After reservation you will receive a confirmation mail, allowing you to cancel if you would wish to.

Notice: On arrival it is imperative you confirm your presence within 30 minutes of the beginning of the reservation, using the QR-code.  Failing to do so, will result in an automatic cancellation of the reservation.

All rooms have a large monitor on which you can share your laptop to work together in groups. A HDMI-cable can be requested at the front desk.

Please bear in mind that meeting rooms are intended to work together in group or to have a meeting. Individual use for study will not be allowed and reservations may be cancelled by staff if you use a room individually.

A few general rules

  • Eating in the library and library meeting rooms is not allowed.  
  • We allow drinks only in sealable bottles or containers.
  • The library is a study environment. Please keep you noise levels down and have consideration for others working in the library.
  • Please throw away waste and garbage in the appropriate bins near the entrance and in the reading room.

Literature search

The library has a specific print book and journal collection. But you can also use the vast collections of other faculty libraries and the Book tower. A joint catalogue is available via You may also find some links to the most important databases for the faculty (always use Athena of VPN when you are not on campus or connected to the UGent Wifi).

Do you need Qualtrics for research and assignments, please go to central Qualtrics environment.


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Digitale bibliotheek@UGent

Specific instructions can be planned throughout the year.  Check our pages for more info.

Research tips

For tips on searching research literature (books, journals, database,...), writing of an academic paper or dissertation, publishing, presenting research results, critical reading of literature, scientific integrity and research financing, go to

The library team

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Els Casteels Virginie De Clercq Chantal Tant Stijn Meersseman
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Astrid Vanden Brande Tanneke Van de Walle Koen Vanrumste

Practical information

Books are ordered on the shelves using Library of Congress codes. These codes (comprising on or two letters, a number and possibly a third number) refer in a concise way to the themes of our research departments. References to books can be found in the catalogue. If a book is in another faculty library, you will find the correct address an d opening hours. Some books have to be taken from a depot, you may request it via the catalogue as well (along with scans of book chapters) (see:

Library regulation

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