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Library organisation

The UBL includes the University Library, the libraries of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Law, Archeology and Mathematics and Natural Sciences, the Asian Library, the NINO Library and the Wijnhaven Library in The Hague. The Academic Historical Museum is part of UBL. In the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) you can find the Walaeus Library for medical studies. This library has close ties with the UBL, but is not a part of the organisation. Furthermore UBL has two offices in Jakarta (Indonesia) and in Rabat (Morocco).

The UBL owns a vast collection of scientific information, both on paper and online. Furthermore, UBL provides access to special collections of international allure. Among these are medieval manuscripts, archives, old prints, maps, sketches, drawings and photographs, both from the Western world and the Middle East and Asia. 

The history of Leiden University‚Äôs libraries goes back to 1575, when Prince William of Orange donated a copy of the Polyglot Bible. Nowadays, the collections comprise millions of books, ten thousands of magazines, hundred thousands of special collections and access to even more digital materials. 

Read more on Wikipedia about the libraries from then to today.

Organizational Chart

Management Team

  • Kurt De Belder University Librarian/Director of University Libraries
  • Marco de Niet Division manager, Research & Education Services / Deputy Director
  • Bas Vat Manager, Library Process Support Division / Deputy Director
  • Sabine den Os Controller/Facility Manager

Management Support

The Management Team is supported by:

Research and Education Support

Centre for Digital Scholarship (CDS)

The CDS supports and facilitates Open Access, data management en other forms of 'Digital Scholarship' withing Leiden University
Head of department: Laurents Sesink
Data management contact: Fieke Schoots
Open Access contact: Saskia Woutersen-Windhouwer
Copyright expert: Erna Sattler


The curators manage, build and disseminate the Special Collections
Head of department: Garrelt Verhoeven
All curators

Special Collections Services

Special Collections Services is responsible for the services related to the access to the Special Collections, both physical as through Digital Collections
Head of department: Janna Leguijt
Desk: +31 71 5272857 / specialcollections@library.leidenuniv.nl

Faculty Liaison & Services

The Subject Librarians support research and education, develop the collection, and give workshops on information skills
Head of department: Hetty Verhagen
All subject librarians

Public Services

Public Services is responsible for the services in and development of library buildings, digital question answering and workshops information literacy
Head of department: Anneke Dirkx
Head location University Library: Jacqueline van der Linde
Head Locations : Jaap van der Plas

Library Proces Support

Digital Services

Functional application management of library systems and concernsystems for research
Head of department: Hugo de Krijger

Innovations & Projects

Development of products and services in support of education and research
Head of department: Bas Vat

Metadata Services & Acquisition

Processing and formal cataloguing of physical documents and digital resources
Head of department: Jacob Heeren

Storage & Placement

Storing and conserving of collections and making these available to the public
Head of department: Rob Buijing

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