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University Library City Centre: access gates

Attention: the University Library and the corona virus

Due to the corona measures the UB is open to a very limited extent. Borrowing and returning books is still possible; study rooms are closed. The UB offers a limited number of study places for vulnerable students. These study spaces must be reserved upfront. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact your study advisor.

Opening hours Selfservice (borrowing and returning books) UB City Centre:

  • Borrowing: Monday to Friday: 8.30 am - 12.30 pm and 1 - 5 pm*
  • Returning: use the 24/7 Bookbox at the outside of UB City Centre (Poststraat)

*The UB will be closed on the following dates 27 April, 5 May, 11 May, 13 May

The research room Special Collections is open by appointment only.

The UB Zernike is currently closed. You can request the books from Zernike University Library though.

Adapted services: what are the changes?

See our overview of frequently asked questions concerning our adapted services:


All visitors (UG internal and external) need to present their access cards at the access gates at all times when entering and exiting the building. Please note this may cause some inconvenience.

Passing the access gates: step by step.
DO NOT share your access card with someone else! If your card is checked-in twice, it will be blocked when exiting the building.

Access to the UB City Centre per target group

The University Library City Centre is a public building. Everyone who currently has access to the building, can still enter through the gates. Exceptions are the so-called UG only-weeks in exam periods, in which only University of Groningen students and staff and other library user with an access card may enter the building (see below).

The permanent activation of the access gates will allow us to monitor the amount of visitors present in the building. This is important in emergency situations.

  1. UG students and staff
    Owners of a University card can access the building through the gates at all times.
    Present your card at the 'standard' gates, do NOT use the barcode readers!
  2. UMCG staff
    first have to activate their UMCG pass at the Central Medical Library.
    After that, one can access the UB building through the gates on the far right-hand side; there is a barcode scanner installed here.
  3. Students and staff of Hanzehogeschool
    Owners of a Hanzepass can access the building through the gates on the far right-hand side; there is a barcode scanner installed here.
    Please note: Four times a year, the UB City Centre is only accessible for UG students and staff.
  4. Owners of a Martinikaart and other library pass holders
    can access the building through the gates on the far right-hand side; there is a barcode scanner installed here.
  5. Other visitors
    Guest wanting to visit our Special Collections or other departments or events in the library (HOVO, DNPP, Centre for Russian Studies etc.) can report at the Reception (ground floor) and will receive a visitors' pass to access the building. Please inform us of a visit by calling: +31 50 363 5000. If you would like to have access to material from the closed stacks, you can purchase a day pass for € 2,50.
Last modified:13 April 2021 1.50 p.m.
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