Social sciences

The University Library (UL) of Erasmus University Rotterdam has a broad collection on the social sciences, which reflects EUR's teaching and research programme in sociology, public administration and psychology.

Core Subjects

The social sciences collection covers the following areas:

  • country information
  • culture
  • disasters & crisis management
  • economics and society
  • environmental sciences
  • ethnic studies
  • European studies
  • health care
  • labour and organization
  • methods and techniques/statistics
  • organisations (international)
  • philosophy of science and social philosophy
  • policy studies
  • psychology
  • public administration
  • statistics
  • technology and change

Most of the book collection is in the closed-access stacks. This material can be found via the UL catalogue with the help of, for example, keywords or the Basic Classification (BC) code.

Printed resources

A selection of the most important periodicals on the social sciences is available in the Langeveld room under the codes S1 - S20. The current volumes are arranged by subject. Relevant periodicals can also be found under other codes. Periodicals with the code EB 2 in the economics and business administration section, for example, are about labour economics. The code R 18 in the law section is used for periodicals on administrative law.
A growing number of periodicals can be accessed online, via Search > Online resources > E-journals.

Titles of all the periodicals in the collection, but not individual periodical articles, are entered in the UL catalogue. Article titles can be checked in bibliographical reference works and databases. Periodical articles published since the end of 1992 can be found e.g., in Online Contents, a national database with the tables of contents of some 16,000 periodicals.


Remote access is possible with a VPN connection (Virtual Private Network). Access to the various databases is restricted to staff and students of EUR.

  • ABI/Inform (literature on economics and business administration; full text and abstracts)
  • Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) (computer files of social science research data)
  • IESBS (International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences)
  • IPSA (International Political Science Abstracts)
  • ISI Journal Citation Reports (journal rankings)
  • ISI Web of Science (e.g., Social Sciences Citation Index and Science Citation Index)
  • PsycINFO (psychological abstracts)
  • Science Direct (Elsevier journals)
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • Statline (Dutch national statistics)

A complete list of databases can be found on the UL website under Search > Databases. You can search these by subject field or by type of resource, such as bibliographical, address data, annual reports, statistical data, legislation, etc.

Several portals bring together information sources in  public administration and Dutch & European government information, in sociology and psychology. They can be found on the UL website under the button Search > Resources by discipline.


Courses on information literacy are available for more effective use of the multitude of printed and online resources in social sciences. You can find these courses on the UL website under Information skills.

The Social Sciences collection in the Tinbergen room

Most of the social sciences collection is housed in the Tinbergen room on the first floor. Here you will find a selection of the most important reference and basic materials for the social sciences, and specialist encyclopedias like Handbook of public administration. Recommended and set texts, readers and syllabi, guides on writing graduation papers, etc. are shelved here. Special attention is paid to the collected works of the great thinkers. Books on public administration and politcal science are located in the Langeveld room on the ground floor.

Psychology Reading Room

Recommended and set texts for psychology are placed in a separate psychology reading room in the Mees room on the ground floor. More relevant basic material and reference works can be found in the Tinbergen room on the first floor.

Material in the reading room cannot be borrowed. There is usually a loan copy of set texts.

Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet

The Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet (on the left after you come into the Library) is open to all. EUR students and staff can borrow free of charge. The collection includes history, religion, art and language and literature.

More information

  • Gusta Drenthe, Liaison libarian for Sociology, Public Administration, Pedagogy and Health Policy & Management,
    room B B-16; tel. +31 (0)10 408 1220;
    home page
  • Judith Gulpers, liaison librarian for Psychology
    room B B-16; tel. +31 (0)10 408 1213
    home page
  • General infomation (UL Virtual desk)
    tel. +31 (0)10 408 1198