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Access restrictions

Leiden University Libraries (UBL) has seen 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.

Access regulations

During examination periods, 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.

Upcoming exam periods

Exam weeks for 2022-23 will be published near the start of the academic year.

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, at the LUMC, specific access restrictions may apply.

During exam periods, 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.

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.

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