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Leiden University Libraries (UBL) owns over 5 million paper materials. Loanable items can be picked up and returned at the UBL library location of your choice.

Request or fetch from shelf

Much of the libraries' loanable collections are placed in closed stacks. To borrow these items, please request them using the catalogue. You will be notified by e-mail as soon as any item is ready for pick-up.

Items placed in open shelves can be either fetched from the shelf or requested for pick-up at a later time.

Delivery and pick-up

Upon requesting loanable library materials, please choose the UBL pick-up location of your choice from the drop-down menu. 

Delivery times may vary, according to the selected pick-up location and the day and time of your request. You will be notified by e-mail as soon as any item is ready. 

You can monitor the status of your requests in ‘My account’ in the catalogue. Requests will be available for pick-up for 5 days.

Circulation policy

The maximum number of materials to have checked out to your account is 50. The loan period is 3 weeks. The library will automatically renew your loans, in 3-week periods, provided the maximum loan period has not been reached and the items have not been reserved by another user.

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


Books and journals published prior to 1900, reference works, manuscripts and valuable, rare, fragile or loose-leaf materials can not be borrowed. Most of these items may be requested using the catalogue, for consultation at the Special Collections Reading Room. 

Items shelved in the University Library's reading room areas are all non-circulating. They can be fetched from the shelf to be consulted within the library.

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