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library as a living lab

The University Library functions as a living lab that allows students to create an accessible and innovative study environment. The Library as a Living Lab offers room for experiments and projects contributing to sustainability, innovation and well-being and social inclusion of students. Are you interested in co-creating this exciting environment with your fellow students? Contact the project leader Innovation & Learning Spaces. Together we take care of empowerment and social impact for the future!

  • Mission Library as a Living Lab
    • Introduce the library as an innovate space for experiments and research
    • Create a study environment based on the ideas and needs of the users
    • Develop communication tools for the library together with students
    • Offer a place to put Challenge Based Learning into practice
  • Current Projects
    • A new bookcase for the swap library and book pick-up at the entrance of the university library is coming up. This bookcase is designed by an IDE student and built by Noaberbouw
    • The Mindfulnest for meditation and relaxation is placed in the library.  It is a student invention that empowers students to connect with themselves and have a more balanced, healthy and happy (student) life
    • The SchoolSupply vending machine is placed near the entrance of the library. It is a business entrepreneurship from EUR students. It supplies non-food and up-to-date essentials and urgent items for students
    • The students for the Honours Program 2022/2023 are working on a business case: Motivational and ecologically sustainable learning spaces.
    • The library creates an inclusive safe space together with Th!nkWithPride
  • What we achieved
    • IDE student designed the coffee corner on the 2nd floor of the Vrijhof
    • Students created the Green Library corner and started the ‘Adopt a plant’ project in the library


student well-being

Students study for long hours in the University Library, so it important they feel comfortable while doing so. The library facilitates a pleasant learning space that contributes to the well-being of students. On top, a variety of well-being activities for a healthy and happy student life is offered. From September onwards, the new well-being activities and events in the library will be announced on this page. For ideas and suggestions, please send an email to library@utwente.nl or contact the library staff at the Library Service Desk.


Visit Maintenance and Failure (intranet access only) for current and planned status of all service departments at the UT.


  • The library continues to offer extra desinfectants
  • Some study areas and project rooms are available for a limited number of people due to ventilation regulation

For information on current UT COVID-19 measures check Covid-19 information.

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