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Access restrictions

In the past years, Leiden University Libraries (UBL) saw an increase in the number of visitors seeking a place to study. In order to meet Leiden University students' concerns, UBL has chosen to regulate library and study place access.

Library access during coronavirus measures

Due to limited seating capacity per room, all study places need to be booked in advance; this includes the study places marked with a light blue sticker. Only Leiden University students can reserve study places.

For the time being, several visitor groups do not have access to the libraries. 

Access regulations

During examination periods, and during the current period of strict coronavirus measures, students registered at educational institutions other than Leiden University, and fee card holders who do not verifiably depend on the library collections for their research, have no access to the libraries.

Exam periods / coronavirus measures
Due to strict coronavirus guidelines, currently both library access restrictions and study place booking procedures apply, just as in exam periods.

Upcoming exam periods for 2022:

  • 14 March - 3 April 2022
  • 16 May - 5 June 2022

Law Library

The Law Library is closed year-round to students registered at educational institutions other than Leiden University, and to fee card holders who do not verifiably depend on the library collections for their research.

Walaeus Library

The Walaeus Library is located on the first floor of the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). Please note that, due to specific coronavirus guidelines at the LUMC, additional access restrictions currently apply.

User groups to whom access restrictions apply, may always continue to borrow library materials: please choose Van Steenis or the Social and Behavioural Sciences Library as pick-up location, and pick up your books from the book lockers.

During exam periods and coronavirus measures, only Leiden University students may use library study places, after online reservation.

All library locations will have some study places freely available for those visitors to whom the access restrictions do not apply. These study places are marked with a white sticker.

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