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Friends of Leiden University Libraries

Do you enjoy our collections, do you make extensive use of our facilities and do you sympathise with our activities? You can become a Friend of Leiden University Libraries (UBL) to support the purchase of special books, manuscripts and maps for the benefit of research and teaching at Leiden University.

The Leiden University Libraries Friends Foundation was established to support the activities of the library, especially in the field of supporting the increase and preservation of the Special Collections of the library. The foundation provides funds for material that would otherwise be beyond the Library’s reach. It also helps to preserve the priceless collections and explains their significance through lectures, literary, musical and other events. Increasingly, the Friends’ contribution towards the purchase of new acquisitions strengthens the Library’s case when appealing to outside sources for grants.

Become a Friend

Become a member today. As a Friend you will carry forward a centuries-old tradition of preserving the world's intellectual heritage and make a positive contribution to learning. You will also enjoy a range of offers and activities including, invitations to free lectures, presentations,  exhibitions, special events and occasionally special members' discounts. Please read on for a detailed list of membership benefits. To become a member fill out the Membership form.


€ 35 per annum

  • Free lectures on the Library (its buildings, history, collections and services), and on more general literary, historical and bibliographical topics.
  • Literary and musical evenings with eminent figures discussing their work.
  • Views of the Library's major and topical exhibitions and other events.
  • A special  issues per year of the periodical De Boekenwereld.
  • Annual Friends Day, with addresses by guest speakers and an exhibition of books and manuscripts purchased by, or presented through, the Friends.
  • An Annual Report and Statement of Accounts (available on request), detailing the year's purchases and reporting on other aspects of the Friends' activities.

Student Friend

€ 10 per annum

  • The benefits of individual membership (as above)

Friend (Dual membership)

 € 65 per annum

  • The benefits of individual membership (as above) for two people at the same address.

Friend extra (Dual membership)

€ 95 per annum

  • The benefits of individual membership (as above) for two people at the same address.
  • Includes a library Reader's Card

Life Friend

€ 500 as one payment

  • The benefits of individual membership (as above).
  • Annual private view of the Special Collections by one of the curators

The membership rates quoted are minimum sums. You are urged to consider subscribing more or donating separately.

Board Members

  • Dr. Els Jacobs (Chairman)
  • Drs. Laura Plezier (Treasurer)
  • Dr. Roger Tol (Secretary)
  • Prof.dr. Dirk van Delft
  • Dr. Gijs van der Ham
  • Dr. Rosalien van der Poel
  • Drs. Jan de Klerk
  • Vincent Mentzel
  • Drs. Martijn Storms (Administrative secretary)
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