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Where can I find the libraries?

Leiden University has library locations in Leiden and The Hague. Our library staff is glad to help you. You can find them at the reception desk, the information desks, and around the library.

Our locations

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The largest library in Leiden is the University Library at the Witte Singel 27. The Humanities are the main focus of this library. The UB has the most study spaces of all our locations. To enter the UB, you need an activated LU-Card. For some study places you need a reservation

The UB is quite a complicated building, which is why we’ve made a simplified floor plan. The floor plan is also available in printed form. You can pick them up at the UB reception desk.

If you are studying subjects that require information on Asia, then the Asian Library is your ideal study spot. The Asian Library is housed on the second floor of the UB and is only accessible with an LU-Card that has specific rights added to enter the Asian Library. Most students will have been granted these through their department. If this hasn’t happened in your case, you can request access at the reception desk in the UB. 

The Law Library can be found at the Kamerlingh Onnes building (KOG) on the Steenschuur 25. You'll find the library right across from the main entrance. The Law Library has a spacious reading room where you can take books off the shelves and borrow them at the lending desk. Many of the study spaces at this location are equipped with a desktop computer.

Like the UB, the Law Library is often open until late in the evening and you can study there on the weekends.  To enter the Law library, you need an activated LU-Card. For some study places you need a reservation

The Social and Behavioural Sciences Library can be found in the Pieter de la Court building at the Wassenaarseweg 52 in Leiden. In this library, you can take books off the shelves and borrow them at the lending desk as well. To borrow books you need an activated LU-Card. For some study places you need a reservation. To enter the library, you need your LU-Card and a reservation. You'll also find African Studies Centre Leiden in the Pieter de la Court building. 

You can find the Wijnhaven Library at Turfmarkt 90 in The Hague, within a stone’s throw of The Hague Central Station. If you have classes in The Hague, Wijnhaven Library is your library of choice. To borrow books you need an activated LU-Card. For some study places you need a reservation

The Walaeus Library is located at the LUMC and is exclusively accessible to medical students. At the Walaeus Library all of the specialist literature you need is at your fingertips. To borrow books you need an activated LU-Card

The Science Library is located at the Bio Science Park. You can study here during the opening hours of these faculty buildings. To borrow books you need an activated LU-Card. For some study places you need a reservation

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