As a teacher, researcher or student you will regularly need literature that you cannot access or borrow right away as an employee or student of the University of Twente. In case you want to have permanent access to literature that's currently not in our collection, the University Library can help you out.

  • Literature for individual use

    For a price indication of a book (print or digital, individual or institutional access), please contact the Information Specialist of your faculty (see contact button below), or contact the staff members of the University Library’s Content Management directly via librarybackoffice@utwente.nl. The same applies to other types of sources, such as norms & standards. To acquire a single scientific article for individual use, please have a look at Ways to get access.

    Print books for personal use are in general not paid for by central library budgets. If you purchase a reasonably priced ebook with institutional access, faculty budgets might be available. You can check this with the Information Specialist of your faculty.

  • Compulsory literature for courses

    As a teacher you can list compulsory literature for students in your course description in Osiris. Staff members of Content Management will check if this compulsory literature in Osiris can be made available to students digitally. If this is not possible, for example if institutional access is not among the options provided by the publisher, or if the costs are unusually high (compulsory literature is paid for from central library budgets), you will be notified. Alternatives could be to:  

    • Share sections of this specific work with students as pdf's via Canvas, taking into consideration the rules for use of copyrighted material. You can read more about this option on the page Use of copyrighted education material.  
    • Check if comparable literature is already available or can be made available digitally to all students at a reasonable price. To find out which e-books we have access to at the University of Twente and how to find them, please consult the page Borrow books.