TU Delft Library offers access to many different types of information. Some information is mainly intended for students, staff and guests of TU Delft and is therefore only available on the TU Delft campus or with a campus card or NetID.

Other information is produced by TU Delft students and staff and is generally directly available online for everyone.


A book is useful for a collection of contributions on a subject, compiled and organized by an expert editor, for a first introduction to a subject, with all relevant basic information together and for a good, complete overview of a subject.

Use WorldCat Discovery.to find books.WorldCat is the world's largest network of library collections that provide access to their resources on the internet. WorldCat Discovery of TU Delft Library is part of this.

  • Search for words in the title, authors, subject or ISBN
  • Use the menu on the left to refine your search results, for example:

    • Only publications available at TU Delft Library
    • Only publications available at Dutch libraries
    • Only (e) books

Would you like to make copies of a book that is not on loan? Even when an article or book is not in our collection, in most cases we can arrange a copy or scan from a collection from another library. The documents are sent to you by email (pdf). More information on document delivery and about borrowing books from another library.

For information and instruction videos about searching in WorldCat Discovery, please go to the Resources module in TUlib, our online reference for searching and finding scientific information.

Journal articles

Use journal articles for recent research results or for a complete overview of the state of affairs around the research in a particular field, including descriptions and comparisons of recent publications (review article). When you are not affiliated with TU Delft, you can take the following steps

Articles in journals can partly be found in WorldCat Discovery, but to be able to find the full range we recommend using an article database.An article database contains descriptions of journal articles with a direct link to the article where possible. General or multidisciplinary databases can be used for all research fields. Examples of are:

For a comparison between Scopus, WorldCat Discovery and Google Scholar and an instruction video about searching in Scopus, please go to the Resources module in TUlib, our online reference for searching and finding scientific information.

Subject specific databases are not handy for everyone, but usually deliver good results for a particular research field. Examples are:

Consult the Information per faculty for the best databases in your field. Or consult the A-Z list for an overview of all available databases.

  • Search in a database by subject, title or author.
  • When Delft University of Technology Library has a subscription to a journal, you can click on the article to open or save it.
  • When Delft University of Technology Library does not have a subscription to the journal, you can submit a request for an article via document requests. It will be ordered from another national or international library. 

When you are not looking for a specific subject or author, but want to read a particular journal in its entirity, you can of course search by journal.

Conference papers

Conference papers provide Recent research results, sometimes less detailed than in a journal and Promising ideas which are being researched.

Conference papers can be found in WorldCat Discovery. For a complete overview, we recommend the use of an article database.

TU Delft Repository

TU Delft Repository consists of Research Repository, Education Repository and Cultural Heritage Repository.

4TU.Centre for Research Data

4TU.Centre for Research Data is a sustainable long-term archive for storing and reusing applied, technical-scientific research data from TU Delft, TU Eindhoven, University of Twente and Wageningen University.

Trésor - books, journals and other materials from before 1900


The Trésor includes historic books, journals, maps, photographs and prints from before 1900. Their age, rarity, value or vulnerability is what makes them special. The Trésor also collects TU Delft output that is not usually included in academic journals, like speeches, dissertations and lecture notes. 

Tresor is open by appointment on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.



  • For digital and modern physical map material you can visit the Map Room website.
  • For consulting physical map material from before 1900 you can visit the Trésor website.
Patents, standards, statistics etc.

Information such as patents, standards, statistics, legislation, and news can also be found in databases, but not in the article databases. These databases all have their own rules and search options. We recommend to consult their Help-page, when using the database for the first time.

Information typeDatabase
PatentDerwent Innovation Index
  • Search for keyword, International Patent Classification or (more specific) Derwent codes
  • Analyses on search results
  • Search for keyword or International Patent Classification
StandardsNEN Connect
  • Dutch and international standards that apply in the Netherlands
  • Partly full text
  • International standards
  • No full text
Statisticshttp://statline.cbs.nl/statweb/CBS Statline
  • Statistics by Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS - Statistics Netherlands)
  • Freely accessible
LegilationKluwer Navigator
  • Case law, legislation and legal literature
SDU OpMaat (Dutch only)
  • Case law, legislation and European directives
NewsGoogle News
  • A special news database that only searches in news sources

Information from Delft University of Technology

Museum collection - objects

The Museum Collection includes objects that are retrieved from the institutional history, academic education and research at the TU Delft. The items range from measuring instruments, course material, demonstration devices and research collections, to art, such as professor portraits. The collection contains around 6,500 objects and reveals the history of the TU Delft and thus forms an important part of the academic heritage. The objects can be taken on loan under museum conditions for public exhibitions hosted on or off the campus.

For more information on use, loans of photo’s in relation to the Museum Collection, contact the TU Delft Library.

Historical technical drawings, image archive and colonial architecture repository
  • Cultural Heritage Repository contains historical documents of TU Delft, including scans of technical drawings by Delft students between 1920 and 1946.
  • Colonial architecture & town planning, A repository with documents, photos, films and maps in the field of European colonial architecture.
  • TU Delft Beeldbank contains approximately 33,000 digital photos, audio and video files and images that are related to TU Delft. The images were made between 1950 and 2016.

Collection policy at TU Delft Library

From 2018, the TU Delft Library wants to get the faculties more involved in the composition of the academic collections.
Our highest priority in this process is to create a relevant and up-to-date collection of information resources for teaching and research at TU Delft. To achieve this, the Library is consulting with the faculty representatives: the library committees, the faculty secretaries and the deputy heads of the departments. These consultations are supported by analytical data such as subject classifications, user statistics, journal impact factors, Delft publication behaviour and Delft editorship. In addition to this, the financial aspects of any choices made are weighed up and discussed.

The role of the Library is primarily to advise, inform and facilitate: it is up to the faculties to decide what actually goes into their collections. In between these consultations, new requests for subscriptions can be submitted to the faculty secretaries, deputy heads of the departments and library committees or by using the request form. Requests for articles are monitored by the Library. If there is a lot of demand for articles from the same journal, the purchase of the journal in question will be considered in consultation with the faculty.

If you have any questions or suggestions related to this policy, please send an email to library@tudelft.nl.