VTK course distribution is CLOSED The course distribution from VTK is closed! It is no longer possible to order books or syllabi. Good luck with the exams! If you have any other questions, you can send an e-mail to cursus@vtk.ugent.be .


Here you can sell or buy a second hand book. First of all, we are talking about books and not printed course material. Secondly, you can only find books that are available in our own shop. We also want to emphasize that this is only a platform to help you to get in contact with a potential seller or buyer. Hopefully you find what you are looking for!

How to buy your books this year!

We have an online ordering system. You can order your books from the 11th of September.
Students in their first year can come to the info day on the 22nd of September and buy their books then without ordering. After info day, first years also have to order their books. They can do that only after the info day, so from the 23rd of September.
For ordering your books/syllabi syllabi online, you need to have an account on this website. You can register by clicking “registreer” in the top right corner. If you already have an account, you can just click “login”. For registering on the website, you don't need to be a member of VTK.


The online ordering system is available starting from September 11th. If you click on “Order items” you can make an order. You can search for syllabi or courses according to the name of the course or the name of the syllabus or you can just select your year and specialization. When you find the right course, you click “toevoegen” or “add”. Look out which courses you add, some of them are not mandatory and don't have to be ordered. If you don’t follow all the courses, you obviously don’t need all the syllabi. Sometimes a course can be taken part-time or the full amount of credits, in which case there might also be a difference in the course material provided. Not all course material is provided by VTK because the professor doesn't use our services. Certainly in the masters, the course material is mostly provided by the professor himself. If you notice something odd, please alert us on cursus@vtk.ugent.be.

When you’ve selected the right syllabi, you should click “ga door” or “continue”.You will see an overview of what you ordered and of your account information. Make sure you check whether the barcode is the same as on your memberschipcard from VTK. If not, please contact web@vtk.ugent.be with the necessary information. Also 2 prices are shown: the price for members and the price for non-members. The price that is bold, is the price you would pay if you went to buy your books and syllabi at this moment. In the beginning of the year the non-member price will be bold for everyone because no one is a member yet! So don’t panic, as soon as the academic year starts you can become a member again, and buy your books and syllabi at the member price. Becoming member costs you €8. Money well spent!

After you’ve checked everything, you can confirm your order by clicking “bevestig” or “confirm”. Normally you should get an email for every item you’ve ordered. If it seems that you’ve forgotten a certain book or that you’ve ordered a wrong one, you can still adjust your order by going to “Mijn bestelling” or “My order”. If you realize, after having made the order, that you no longer need the ordered books or syllabi, make sure to cancel your order.

At “Mijn bestelling” or “My order” you can now see the syllabi and books that you’ve ordered, some may not be yet available. We’ll order them as soon as we can and you’ll get an email as soon as your syllabus is available at VTK-Pi. We work with a queue, so whoever orders first, will get his book first when they arrive. You can wait until your entire order is ready for pick-up or you can already come pick up whatever is available.


If you’ve got a VTK-card, bring it with you! We’ll scan it, so we can see what you’ve ordered, what is available and what you have to pay. If you don’t have a card, you have to print your personal barcode on the page “Account info”. You’ll be able to pay by cash or by card.

What can you find with us?

At the beginning of every semester, we ask every professor whether they want to use our service or not. If so, you can buy the material needed to follow the course at our shop. If not, there are roughly three other options:

  • - The professor uses slides that will show up on Minerva.
  • - The professor will sell it himself.
  • - The professor uses a book that you’ve already used in a previous course.

We also sell the one and only Guido city guide @ €5 for members and €7 for non-members, incl. goodie-bag! We also have a special for the students architecture! We have made a basic package of drawing materials in cooperation with the professors and some students. The package contains everything you need to get started. But we’ve also got optional stuff, like cutting-boards, smaller knifes, … We sell this packet for the students of architecture on the info day. Later in the year these packages, as well as other drawing essentials, will be available at "De Loeiende Koe" which is situated on the attic of the Plateau building.
You can also buy a calculator TI-30XB Multiview which is the one regulated by the faculty. Some professors have decided to allow only this calculator on the exam.

For the course “Technology of materials” (a 2nd year course) in the 2nd semester, we also sell safety goggles, safety jackets and safety shoes. More information will follow in the 2nd semester.
Finally, you can also obtain scratch paper at the VTK Pi room. Whenever scratch paper is available, it is placed outside in front of the window of VTK Pi. Please help yourself and take a big packet with you, but be nice and leave some for your fellow students.

Second Hand Books?

Buy a book?

On the Left side at ‘Second-hand items’ you can find a list of all the books that are available. The price is maximum 70% of the price we offer for members, but can of course be lower. The detailed information describes if the book has markings, fluo or an activation code. If you are interested in an item you can contact the person by email. From that point on, you are supposed to make further arrangements yourself.

REMARK: Pay attention when buying books with an activation code. You will probably need to buy this code separately which can be quite expensive. For example ‘University of physics‘ (€40)



Sell a book?

On the Left side at ‘My second hand items’ you can choose your book out of our list and set the price to maximum 70% of the price we offer in our shop. Don’t sell books that are too old or have to much markings, fluo, missing pages, etc. Be honest when you fill in the criteria concerning the state of the book. When a student is interested, he or she will contact you via email and make further arrangements. If a student, after inspecting the item, is no longer interested, he/she is not obligated to buy it.

REMARK: Books with an activation code, such as ‘University physics’ must have a price of maximum 50% since the students will need to buy the code separately.

When can you come to the shop?

During the first week of the semester, we will be open every day, from 8.00 to 18.00. Only on wednesday, we close from 13.30-15.30 and on friday, we close at 16.00.

In the weeks after that we’ll be opened during the hours that we will announce at this website and that will be displayed at the shop. If none of these hours are okay for you, please contact us at cursus@vtk.ugent.be

How can you pay at the shop?

During the first weeks we give you the opportunity to pay with a debit card. However, we prefer cash, cause it’s faster. So we kindly ask you to provide enough cash when you come to buy your books/syllabi.

Are there any discounts for members?

Yes, there are! We don’t want you to get poor! If you become a member, the money you paid to become one, will be far less than the money you’ll save with discounts on your books/syllabi. The first weeks of the semester you can become a member at the desk in the hall in the Plateau (the main building of our faculty). VTK-members also have a discount with our partner TopCopy. You can print or copy anything and pay just €0.025/page, regardless of the total number of pages. Don’t forget to show them your card when paying!

Where can you find us?

The VTK book service has his own shop in the plateau. The plateau is the main building of the engineering faculty, it’s situated in the J. Plateau Street, 9000 Ghent. If you enter the plateau through the main entrance, climb the stairs and go left through the glass doors, you will see VTK-Pi on your left-hand side. It’s easily recognizable because of the graffiti on the wall.

Does VTK have its own Wiki?

Of course we do! It’s a place where everbody shares his solutions to exercises, previous exam questions, information,… It’s always a good preparation to make some old questions. Make sure you check it out! You can upload useful files yourself if you have some.

Printing slides

If your professor uses slides but you and at least a few others would like to have these printed out, we can arrange this for you, just let us know how many people want the slides and we will print them for all of you.

Still some unanswered questions? Contact us! cursus@vtk.ugent.be