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.

1. Books

Books provide

  • a first introduction to a subject, with all relevant basic information together
  • a good, complete overview of a subject
  • a collection of contribution about a subject, put together and organised by an expert editor.

How and where to find the right books?

For finding books you use WorldCat Discovery.

WorldCat is an online cooperation of libraries from all over the world, in which you can search in their collections. 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 reduce your search results, for example:

    • Only publications available at TU Delft Library
    • Only publications available at Dutch libraries
    • Only books
    • Only printed books
    • Only e-books

  • Click on a title to see where a book is located and request it, or in the cases of an e-book, to open it. 

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.

The treasury holds historical books, journals, maps pictures and prints from before 1900. These items are too valuable and vulnerable to be on loan. However, it is possibe to examine them and make copies together with the curator. Viewing days are every Friday from 9:00 to 16:00, by appointment only.

Make an appointment via Ask Your Library, our customer service, stating:

  • the requested time
  • the location code of the item you would like to examine
  • in case of journals: edition or year of publication 

Location codes
The location codes of documents can be found in the Library in catalogue. Location codes for the Treasury can be recognised by the prefix TR. For example:

  • TR 3024359
  • TRT 052 (journal)
  • TRK 9100 A 01 (maps)
  • TRG 9301 A 01 (extra large books)

For more 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.




2. Articles in journals

Articles provide

  • Recent research results
  • A complete overview of the state of affairs around the research in a particular field, including descriptions and comparisons of recent publications (review article)
  • If you are not affiliated with TU Delft, you can take the following steps

How and where do you find journals?

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 articles in journals 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.

Field 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.
  • If the Delft Library has a subscription to a journal, you can click on the article to open or save it.
  • If the TU Delft Library does not have a subscription on the journal, you can send in an order form  for the article via document requests and put in a request for an article. It will be ordered at another national or international library. 

If 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. This works the same as searching for books (see above), except now you filter the result by: 

  • Only journals
  • Only e-journals
3. Conference papers

Conference papers provide

  • Recent research results, sometimes less detailed than in a journal
  • Promising ideas which are being researched

How and where to find conference papers?

Conference papers can be found the same way as articles in article databases, except now filter on “conference papers”.

4. Maps

Maps provide

  • voor fysiek en digitaal kaartmateriaal, voor gebruik in onderwijs en onderzoek.

How and where to find conference papers?

For digital maps please go to the website of the Map Room.

For consulting physical maps please visit the Map Room at the Faculty of Architecture.

5. Patents, standards, statistics etc.

There are various other sources of information, such as patents, standards, legislation, statistics, which will provide

  • Input for education and research purposes

How and where can I find this information?

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
StatisticsCBS Statline
  • Statistics by Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS - Statistics Netherlands)
  • Freely accessible
LegilationKluwer Navigator
  • Search for case law, legislation and legal literature
SDU OpMaat
  • Search for case law, legislation and European directives
NewsGoogle News
  • A special news database that only searches in news sources

Information from the TU Delft

6. Materials from before 1900 - Trésor

Where to view 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. 


7. Objects - museum collection

What can you find in the museum collection?

  • The museum collection is a legacy of instruments and other memorabilia from education and research. These include measuring equipment, lecture materials, demonstration equipment, research collections as well as art and documentary collections (film and photography). The collections include approximately 8000 items. They provide a picture of the history of research and education at TU Delft. These items can be used for exhibitions within and beyond TU Delft.

How and where?

If you would like to use items from the museum collection (for exhibitions or photography), please contact the Library.


8. Historical technical drawings and image archive

This repository provides: 

  • historical documents of TU Delft, including scans of technical drawings by Delft students between 1920 and 1946.

How and where?

9. Collection policy at TU Delft Library

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.

Before the desired subscriptions are purchased, researchers and lecturers can request individual articles free of charge from the Library.

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 let us know via AYL.

10. Image archive

The TU Delft Image Archive contains +/- 33.000 photographs, images, audio- and video files. All digital images are in one way or the other connected to the TU Delft. The images are made between 1950 and 2016.

Search the Image Archive

Click here for the TU Delft Image Archive

Looking for images?

You can download and reuse without any costs many of the photographs, images and video files. The conditions for reuse are recorded in Creative Commons licences. One exception is the photo collection from TU Delft’s Communication department. The photos in this collection, consists of more than 6.000 images from the period 2004 to 2016. These photos are taken by professional photographers, recognizable by a watermark. They may only be used by students and staff for study and research activities that is done in the name of TU Delft. If you are interested in using one of these photos as part of an extern publication, website or another way of dissemination please contact mediasolutions@tudelft.nl for permission.