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Reference libraries

The Special Collections reference libraries contain reference works and journals in the field of oriental and western manuscripts, the printed book, cartography, prints, drawings and photography.

Current library services

Due to nationwide coronavirus regulations, Leiden University Libraries (UBL) offers adjusted services up to and including 26 September 2021. Please find an overview on our webpage on library services during the coronavirus situation, and check our regular pages for news on upcoming changes starting 27 September.

UBL library services during the coronavirus situation

Opening hours

Monday until Friday from 9:00 – 17:30.

Reference libraries

The reference libraries are located on the second floor, in the Special Collections Reading Room and on both sides of the Reading Room. 

Entrance 3: journals and reference books on image collections: prints, drawings, photographs, maps and atlases. 

Entrance 4 (and the door on your right): journals and reference books on text collections: western manuscripts, oriental manuscripts and rare books. 

The Reading Room (entrance 4):  reference works such as catalogues and inventories of Leiden's special collections. Also facsimiles, both from our own collections and from elsewhere. 

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