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Visiting the libraries

Current library services

Due to nationwide coronavirus regulations, Leiden University Libraries (UBL) has had to adjust its services. For an up-to-date overview, please check our webpage on library services during the coronavirus situation.

UBL library services during the coronavirus situation

Access to the libraries during the coronavirus situation

Access to the libraries is currently possible for:

  • Leiden University students and PhD's, during their reserved study place time-slot
  • Leiden University researchers and students using the Special Collections materials, who have reserved a work place in the Reading Room Special Collections in the University Library, during the booked time-slot
  • Borrowing: patrons wishing to pick up requested library materials from the book lockers can do so, without making an appointment, at the pick-up locations currently available: the University Library, the Social and Behavioural Sciences Library, Van Steenis Depot and Wijnhaven Library (The Hague)

All visitors need to bring their valid and activated LU-Card to be able to access the libraries.


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

Open shelving

Reading room books and other materials in open shelving are currently not accessible.

All loanable items can be requested using the catalogue.

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