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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

A major part of the libraries' loanable collections is placed in closed stacks. To borrow these items, please request them using the catalogue. Items placed in open shelves can either be fetched from the shelf or requested, to be picked up at a later time.

A valid library account and LU-Card is needed to be able to borrow UBL materials. In case you do not remember your library username and/or password, please apply for a new password online.

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. The library will send an email notice as soon as an item is ready for pick-up.

The status of your current requests and reservations can be monitored in ‘My account’ in the catalogue. Requests 'on hold' will be kept available for pick-up for 5 days.

Circulation policy

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 items have not been reserved by another user. The maximum number of materials to have checked out is 50.

By using our services, users 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 may not be borrowed. Most of these items can 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. In the catalogue, these items all have a 'Locate' button, showing in which reading room they are shelved.

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