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Our teaching collection

Course materials

As UBL, we select, acquire, catalogue and manage materials to support teaching, learning and research at Leiden University. We aim to have all required study literature available online or in print at the beginning of the semester. Are you missing any titles? Contact your subject librarian/medical information specialist or make an acquisition request


Preference is given to licensing materials in an online format with 'unlimited' access and without Digital Rights Management involved. This makes it possible for an e-book to be accessed by multiple students at a time and without restrictions on the amount of printing, downloading and saving.

Unfortunately, not all e-books are available with an unlimited license, and libraries are faced with 1-user licenses, confronting students with a confusing 'not-accessible' pop-up when logging in. Also, in some cases pricing can be non-sustainable. Subject librarians then choose to buy a print copy which is placed in the open stacks as non-lendable or is put on a course reserve on request.

As a research library we usually only order one copy of a course book. In exceptional cases it is possible to have two or three copies available.

Streaming Video

The UBL has a large collection of streaming video's and DVD's which can be found through the Catalogue. The subject guide Films and Music explains how to search for films and tv-programs.

Staff members of Leiden University can borrow DVD's for a maximum loan period of 3 days. The University Library offers two media rooms, which are available after reservation. 

Online video's are available through a diversity of platforms. Please check the usage requirements before streaming.

Books on teaching

Get inspired by our extensive collection of articles and books on teaching! Articles and books are available online through the Catalogue or can be browsed at the Social and Behavioral Science Library. Also, journals and books can be found at the ICLON mediatheque (website in Dutch only). The libraries collection on education studies is continuously updated


Special Collections

Our curators can help you show original items from the Special Collections in the lecture rooms of the University Library. Read more on the Special Collections website.

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