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


Due to the international coronavirus situation, Leiden University Libraries has had to adjust its services. 


Please find an up-to-date overview of our current range of services on our webpage on library services during the coronavirus situation


Request, or fetch from the shelf?

A major part of the UBL 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 from the shelf and checked out at the library desk. In case it would be more convenient, please feel free to request these items using the catalogue and pick them up at a later time.

Patrons holding a day/week pass can not borrow materials.

Delivery and pick-up

Upon requesting library materials that may be checked out, you can 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 day and time of your request. An email will be sent as soon as an item is ready for pick-up. Requests will be kept for 3 days, at Wijnhaven Library they will be kept for 5 days.

The status of your requests can be checked in ‘My account’ in the catalogue.


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

Circulation policy

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

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

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