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 during the summer 2021 (update July 1, 2021)

At the start of the academic year 2021-2022, the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences and its library will transfer to a new campus at 41 Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat. Preparations for this move will change the service in a number of phases considerably in the coming months.

  1. The library will remain open until Friday 16 July
    - Study places remain available (subsequent reservation ).
    - Books can be reserved, picked up and returned.
    - Scan requests of chapters and articles are possible.
    The library in the Korte Meer 11 will permanently close its doors to the public on Friday 16 July at 5 pm.
  2. During the week of 19-23 July there will be no services at all due to collective holidays.
  3. Between Monday 26 July and Friday 27 August
    - Study places are no longer available.
    - Books can be reserved, but can only be picked up via the parcel locker in Universiteitstraat (at no. 4, entrance to the Faculty of Law).
    - Scan requests of chapters and articles are still possible.
  4. There will be no service at all between Monday 30 August and Friday 24 September.
  5. The brand new library in the Technicum will start with normal services from Monday 27 September.
    - Study places are available again.
    - Reservations and collections can be made. However, part of the collection will remain inaccessible until January 2022 (move to Boekentoren).
    - And scan requests from the open cabinet collection will also be possible.
    Return your books to the Korte Meer 11 library BEFORE Friday 16 July. If that doesn't work, please contact

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

  • Due to the planned move of the library to our new premises in Technicum (Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 41), the library will be closed permanently on July 16, 2021, 5 pm.  We welcome you in the new library as of monday September 27, 2021.

(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