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 september 18 2020)

At the start of academic year 2020-2021 on Monday September 21 the following library services will be available for the faculty 

  • Only the library Korte Meer will reopen, daily between 9.00-12.30 and 13.30-17.00.
  • Browsing through the print collection is not possible.  Previously reserved books can be picked up and returned without appointment during opening hours.  Study spaces are available, limited to opening hours and after online reservation.
  • The library Universiteitstraat will remain closed for public
  • All books (open shelves AND depot) will be available for reservation.  Pick up and return address is located in the library Korte Meer 11 (during opening hours).
  • All books (open shelves and depot) are also available for scan requests of chapters.
  • Six study places are provided for students, available ONLY AFTER RESERVATION (link on website library).  You can make a reservation for the morning or the afternoon.

For all questions, suggestions and other library related matters, please contact us at .  The library team will help you as soon as possible and as best they can.

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. 

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!!).  

General Closing days

  • Friday 1 November 2019 (All Saints’ Day)
  • Monday 11 November 2019 (Armistice)
  • Friday 15 November 2019 (Royal day)
  • Wednesday 25 December 2019 - Wednesday 1 January 2020 (Christmas recess)
  • Friday 20 March 2020 (Dies Natalis)
  • Monday 13 April 2020 (Easter Monday)
  • Friday 1 May 2020 (Labour Day)
  • Thursday 21 May - Friday 22 May 2020 (Ascension)
  • Monday 1 June 2020 (Whit Monday)
  • Monday 20 July 2020 - Friday 24 July 2020 (summer recess)

(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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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