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.

Corona-news : update May 15

CORONA-nieuws : update 15 mei 2020

In compliance with the most recent decisions of the National Security Council and the relevant UGent-services, the Central library and all faculty libraries will (Korte Meer en Universiteitstraat) will remain closed at least until July 6.  A possible reopening will be evaluated shortly before that time and will be communicated throug all relevant channels.  Meanwhile, the following measures remain in place :

- It is not possible to work or study in the faculty libraries.

- Books on loan, will automatically be extended until at least July 11.  Returning of borrowed materials is not possible before July 6. 

- Borrowing other materials is nog possible.

- All libraries will respond to all requets in a digital manner.  First by continuing to supply articles of book chapters from our prithn collections.  Requests will be handled on a daily basis.  Some agreements:

  • Journal articles via the "request article scan"-button in the webcatalogue or via the specific request form (for ILL) ( 
  • Book chapters via the "request chapter scan"-button in the webcatalogue.  In general, complet books will nog be scanned.  We apply a maximum of about 50 scans per request.   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 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 can nog be supplied at this moment.  You may be contacted first to clarify your request (note : this service is NOT free).

- Besides this, our huge digital collection remains available.  An overview of ALLE 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 sciencesWARNING : Always open databases via (choose your preferred webbrowser).

- A number of large publishers have made available a substandital amount of extra information, as a response to the huge needs of universities in these Corona times.  All additional resources are integrated in the webcatalogue, but for some searches it is advised to use the native interface of the digital resource.  An overwiew (and web links) of these additional resources can be found on the Researchtip for Corona :"Search academic resources in Corona times". 

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 !!).

The library team


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 lettter, 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