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Loanable library materials can be delivered at the library location of your choice.

Request using the Catalogue or fetch from the shelf?

A large part of the libraries' book and journal collections is kept in closed stacks. To be able to borrow these materials, the items need to be requested using the catalogue.

At several library locations, books and journals may be fetched directly from the shelf and checked out at the library desk. These items may also be requested using the catalogue.

The maximum number of materials to have checked out to your account is 50. The loan period is 3 weeks.


Upon requesting loanable library materials, you may choose the Leiden University Libraries (UBL) pick-up location of your choice from the drop-down menu.

Delivery times may vary according to the selected pick-up location. You will receive an e-mail as soon as a publication is ready for pick-up. The status of your requests will also be shown in ‘my account’ in the catalogue. Requests will be kept for 3 days (Wijnhaven Library: 5 days).

Circulation policy

By using our services you agree to the terms and conditions outlined in the UBL circulation policy.


Books and journals published prior to 1900, manuscripts, valuable, fragile and loose-leaf materials may not be borrowed. These items may be requested, using the catalogue, for consultation at the Special Collections Reading Room during opening hours of the desk.

Likewise, reference materials are non-circulating.

Username and password

In case you do not remember your library username and/or password, please request a new password online or visit one of the library desks.

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