TU Delft Library

Borrowing from our collection

Part of our collection may be borrowed. In order to borrow an item, you must be a member of the library.

Use the search field at the top right of this page to find books that may be borrowed. You will be able to see straight away if a book is currently on loan. You can make a reservation by logging in with a TU Delft NetID or with the login details of your Onegini account. The current borrower will then not be able to extend the loan period of the book, and you will receive an email when the book is available.

Rules for borrowing

Loan period

Four weeks.

After that we will automatically extend the loan period every four weeks until:

  • The book is reserved by someone else.
  • You have had the book in your possession for 26 weeks.

Number of items borrowed at any one time

20 titles

If you would like to borrow more than this number, an extra fee is payable. Please contact us.

Returning books

You can return the books yourself or return them by post at your own expense.

Books overdue

The fine is € 0,20 per book per day, up to a maximum of € 10 per book.

To pay your fine you can go to the information desk.

You may not borrow any items if you have any outstanding fines due.

If a book has not been returned within 50 days after the end of the loan period, you will be sent an invoice covering the replacement costs, a fine and administration costs of € 25.


We send reminders by e-mail when the loan period has been exceeded by 7, 20 and 45 days.

Loss or damage

You will have to pay the costs of replacing it, as well as administration costs and any outstanding fines due.



Collecting items yourself

If you wish to borrow a book, you can come and collect it yourself. In many cases, books are located on the open shelves. When you have found a book using the search field in the top right-hand corner of this page, make a note of the location number and take the book off the shelf (PDF) yourself. You can use your campus card or library membership card to register your books yourself at the self-service station. If this does not work, you can ask for help at the information desk.

Book already out on loan?

Sometimes a book you have requested is already out on loan. If this is the case, you can reserve the book. As soon as it has been returned to the library, we’ll e-mail you to let you know that the book you’ve reserved is waiting for you at the information desk. You’ll still need to check the book out, which you can do yourself at the self-service station. The book will be kept at the desk for you for five working days.

Requesting books from the depot

Part of our collection is kept in the closed depot. In order to be able to use this part of the collection, you can submit a request via the catalogue.


When you have found a title using the catalogue, you’ll immediately be able to see whether it is in the depot or in the ‘closed stacks’. You can request the book by logging in and clicking on ‘Request’. During office hours (Monday–Friday until 17.00), you can collect the book you’ve requested from the desk approximately 30 minutes later; it will be filed under your surname. If you make a request outside office hours, you’ll be able to collect the book from the desk on the next working day and check it out yourself at the self-service station. See also the depot opening hours.

Books you have requested will be kept at the desk for you for five working days.


Paper journals are kept in the depot and can also be requested. 
However, you’ll need to come to the information desk approximately 30 minutes later to collect the journal you’ve requested to inspect.

Borrowing e-books

TU Delft Library is actively pursuing a policy aimed at providing more and more information online. Making e-books available is often subject to conditions imposed on us by publishers. However, you can view e-books if you are connected to the TU Delft network (see also: access from home). It is sometimes possible to download part of an e-book and to transfer it onto an e-reader. You may have to borrow the e-book, making it temporarily unavailable to other readers.

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