Libraries of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences

Our faculty libraries

Library Korte Meer (PSKM)


Korte Meer 11

9000 Gent


opening hours


Library Universiteitstraat (PSUS)


Universiteitstraat 8

9000 Gent 


opening hours



The catalogue and databases can be consulted via  You will also find an overview of the main databases for our faculty.

Library services academic year 2020-2021 (update november 28 2020)

Although corona measures still remain extensive and only limited on-campus activity is allowed, the faculty libraries will resume their onsite activities from next week.

During the past month, the library of Political and Social Sciences (Korte Meer 11) has done its utmost to meet the many requests for scans of articles and bookchapters.
This service will continue from next week, but it will also be possible again to make reservations of books and collect them onsite.
This will be possible from Tuesday 1 December during standard opening hours (9:00 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm). We strongly recommend that you always take a look at before your visit for the specific opening hours of the day.
There will also be a limited number of study places available, only after reservation via reservation.  Only use an active UGent-mail address !!!.

Please note that the general safety agreements remain valid in all buildings for ALL users:

  • In the building only the library is accessible for students and external parties.  All other areas are off limits for non-staff members.
  • The wearing of a face mask is mandatory during all traffic within the buildings and the library (not when seated at a study place).
  • Hand gel and disinfectant is available at the entrance of the campus and the library. 

This arrangement applies until the Christmas holidays and again during the exam period in january.

The library will be closed from December 19, 2020 to January 3, 2021.

In summary :
- You can reserve books again through the catalog and pick them up during opening hours.
- Requests for scans of articles or book chapters also remain possible (via
- There are 6 Corona-safe study places available every day, upon reservation.
- Our digital collection is of course still available (first go to Athena, open the browser of your choice and then go to

And of course the library staff are available for all questions, suggestions and other news via

Digital services 

  • Journal articles may be requested via the "request article scan"-button in the webcatalogue or via the specific request form (for ILL) ( 
  • For books there is choice between requesting a loan (reservation for pickup) or a chapter scan request (via the "request chapter scan"-button in the webcatalogue).  The maximum number of pages per book that will be scanned is app. 50.  Please indicate the necessary pages of chapters as specific als possible (use a Google search to try and find an overview of the content of the book).  It will assure a quick response.  This scan service is free for and limited to students and staff of UGent and is also valid for books from other libraries within the university.
  • ILL-requests for print materials from external non-UGent libraries are also possible (pickup in the library Korte Meer 11).  Note : this service is NOT free).

- Besides this, our huge digital collection remains available.  An overview of ALL available resources can be found on the database pages of the web catalogue.  You may also find a selection of resources for the faculty of political and social sciences.  WARNING : Always open databases via (choose your preferred webbrowser).

Do you need access to Qualtrics, use this Faculty Branded page (note : only for students and staff of the faculty of political and social sciences!!).  

Library instruction

Digital library@UGent

General Closing days 2020-2021

  • Monday 2 November 2020 (All Soul's Day)
  • Wednesday 11 November 2020 (Armistice)
  • Thursday 24 December 2020 - Friday 1 January 2021 (Christmas recess)
  • Friday 19 March 2021 (Dies Natalis)
  • Monday 5 April 2021 (Easter Monday)
  • Thursday 13 May - Friday 14 May 2021 (Ascension)
  • Monday 24 May 2021 (Whit Monday)
  • Monday 19 July 2021 - Friday 23 July 2021 (summer recess)  Due to the planned move of the library to our new premisses in Technicum (Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat), the library will be closed in August and the first half of September.  More information her as soon as it is available.

(Re)search tips

For tips on how to search for research information (print, books, journals, digital,…), on writing a paper, publishing, presenting, critical reading, integrity in science or finance and funding, go to our dedicated webpages :

The Library team

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Els Casteels Virginie De Clercq Chantal Tant Stijn Meersseman
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Practical information

The arrangement of books in the libraries is based on the Library of Congress codes. These codes (expressed by a letter, a number and in some cases a third number) are a short way to refer to specific subjects. Books can be looked up via the webcatalogue. The exact adres of the branch that contains a specific book, will show on the resultspages. Some books are stored in a closed depot and need to be requested via the catalogue on