Visiting the libraries
Due to the coronavirus situation in The Netherlands, Leiden University Libraries has had to adjust its library services. Access to the libraries is currently limited to:
- Leiden University students and PhD's, during their booked study place time-slot
- Researchers using the Special Collections materials, who have reserved a work place in the Reading Room Special Collections, during the booked time-slot
- Library card holders picking up requested library materials from the book lockers
To be able to use the library facilities, all patrons need a valid library card (the LU-Card).
Borrowing and consultation
A week pass is currently useful only to researchers wishing to use the library's Special Collections materials. Please make sure to have made a reservation for a time-slot for a workplace at the Reading Room Special Collections, before your visit.
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 books and other materials in open shelving are currently not accessible, except for students who have reserved a library study place (during the booked time-slot only). Loanable items can be requested using the catalogue.
Access to digital resources
Leiden University students and staff have remote access to the libraries' digital resources using their ULCN-account.
Due to licensing restrictions, visitors may access these resources from within the university network only. Because of coronavirus restrictions, we cannot offer this service at the moment. Please contact us using Ask a librarian, in case you have any questions.