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Even though you're stuck at home, it’s great to still be able to see your fellow students. After all, you're not the only one studying. Go to MS Teams to find the Onlinebrary. This is a motivating and inspiring online study environment where you can concentrate on your study together and meet one another for a chat.

The Library is opening the Onlinebrary to all UvA students this week. This online study environment was developed together with a student focus group, based on the idea that it is easier to maintain your concentration, even online, when you study together with fellow students.

The Onlinebrary has various channels such as: ‘Study Focus’ where you intersperse supervised 50-minute study sessions with 10-minute breaks, ‘Study Tips’ where you can share study tips, and a ‘Cafeteria’ channel you can go to for a quick chat or to “have a coffee” together virtually. This encourages the social interaction that so many students have been missing since the closure of the libraries and study centres.


The Onlinebrary is open 24/7. You can start your own study session and invite fellow students to join you, or just check to see who is studying online at any moment.

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9 am and 6 pm there are study sessions that are supervised by student staff of the Library. These sessions follow a regular pattern of study blocks followed by breaks.

What do I do to access the Onlinebrary?

To access the Onlinebrary, download MS Teams on your computer or phone. Please note: for this you need to have Office 365 Pro Plus installed. The UvA offers students both software programs free of charge. Read here for Using Microsoft Teams as a student.

Once in MS Teams, log in with your UvA email address and you will see the Onlinebrary option in the menu.


Ask the Library.