About Wageningen UR Library

About the Library

By developing and maintaining a, partly public, knowledge infrastructure, Wageningen University & Research (WUR) - Library contributes to the effectiveness of the research done and education provided by WUR.

WUR Library has a strong focus on digital collections and we offer world wide access to our collections for WUR users, but restricted to certain conditions of use. Besides our digital collections, a large print collection is available at the Forum and Leeuwenborch buildings. Print collections, approximately 30 kilometers of journals, books and other materials, are mainly located in stacks and quickly available on request. The Forum and Leeuwenborch libraries offer a small browse collection for direct access by visitors. A separate Special Collections reading room is available at Forum.
For a large part of our ongoing licences we participate in so called “Big Deals” in cooperation with a consortium of Dutch scientific libraries (UKB).

The Library is a centralised shared service centre and is part of WUR Facility Services. The Library organisation is divided into three departments:

  1. Collection and Information Management; acquisition and maintenance of the collection, digital library, research support, training and teaching.
  2. Public Services; lending, Interlibrary loans, maintenance of stacks, document delivery and digitisation, student facilities & support and Special Collections.
  3. Digital Production Centre; cataloguing, institutional repository, documentation, databases, custom services.

Library systems are maintained and developed by the Wageningen IT services department

Current Library staff: 52 full time equivalent.(2017)

Facts and figures

WUR Library usage statistics
2017 2016 2015
Loans 13.876 18.791 20.444
Downloaded articles 3,5 million 3,4 million 4 million
Library website visits 1,2 million 900.000 1,2 million
Active users 23.262 22.359 20.201

Annual report WUR Library

Previous years