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Visiting the libraries

Information regarding library facilities for visitors not affiliated with Leiden University.


Due to the international coronavirus situation, Leiden University Libraries has had to adjust its services. 


Please find an up-to-date overview of our current range of services on our webpage on library services during the coronavirus situation



Apart from the University Library and the Law Library, the libraries are freely accessible. To be able to enter the University Library and the Law Library, all visitors need a valid library card (the LU-Card).

Borrowing and consultation

An annual fee card or a free library card allows you to borrow materials from the various UBL library locations.

A day/week pass allows you to request materials for library use onlyTo use materials the same day, please request them before 15h30, from Monday to Friday. Materials requested from other locations than the UB will need an extra day or more to be delivered.

Non-circulating materials

In general, early printed works, maps, atlases, manuscripts and other rare and valuable items as well as reading room collections are non-circulating.

Reading room items may be consulted on the spot. All other non-circulating items can be requested using the catalogue; they will be made available for consultation at the Reading Room Special Collections.

Access to digital resources

Upon registering for library membership, you will be issued with personal logon data for Leiden University’s wireless network and the UBL catalogue. We recommend bringing your own device.

Subscription-based article databases and electronic journals may be accessed using the catalogue. Please note that, due to licensing restrictions, visitors may access these resources from within the university network only. 

Freely available UBL digital resources, requiring no library membership, include Leiden Repository and Leiden University Libraries Digital Collections.

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