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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:

To be able to use the library facilities, all patrons 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 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.

Open shelving

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.

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

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