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An inspiring study environment

Welcome to Leiden University Libraries (UBL). The quiet atmosphere in the libraries ensures an inspiring and pleasant study environment.

Fostering a positive study atmosphere

  • Library users are trusted to be considerate of fellow visitors, and to respect each other’s needs, space and property
  • To be able to visit the libraries, you need your valid library card: the LU-Card
  • Bottled water may be taken into the library, other food and beverage items are not allowed
  • The reading room areas are marked as silent zones. At the University Library (UB), quiet conversations may be held at the ground floor areas and in the hallways
  • Study places may not be kept for others
  • Will you not be using your study place reservation? Please cancel your booking to release the desk for another student
  • All Leiden University buildings and outside premises are smoke-free
  1. The quiet atmosphere in the libraries ensures a pleasant and inspiring study environment. Library users are trusted to be considerate of fellow visitors, and to respect each other’s needs, space and property
  2. Food and beverages may not be taken into the libraries, except for resealable bottles of water
  3. Please observe silence in the designated quiet zones, such as the reading rooms. Outside of these zones, users may hold conversations in an unobtrusive voice
  4. Phone or video calls are permitted in hallways and corridors away from the study areas. Phones should always be set to vibration mode. When receiving a call in one of the study areas, please leave the area before answering
  5. Library property requires careful handling. Users may be held liable for any damage caused by improper handling of library materials
  6. Leiden University Libraries cannot be held responsible for the security of library patrons’ personal belongings
  7. To have access to the libraries, users need a valid library card (LU-Card). Library cards may be issued to visitors of 16 years of age or older. Library staff is authorized to ask for your LU-Card at all times
  8. Use of both library card (LU-Card) and user account data is non-transferable and may be used only by the person to whom they have been issued
  9. In case study places are few, Leiden University students and staff may be given priority over both library access and seats. Certain areas within the library buildings may be restricted to specific user groups only
  10. Students who will not be using their reserved library study place are required to cancel their reservation
  11. Users are obliged to follow directions given by library staff
  12. In case of an evacuation, please leave the building immediately at the nearest (emergency) exit. Follow instructions given by library staff and emergency services personnel, and head for the designated assembly area
  13. No animals other than assistance dogs are allowed into the libraries
  14. All library buildings and premises are smoke-free. This includes the use of electronic cigarettes

In the libraries, Leiden University's general house rules apply.

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