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Leiden University Libraries (UBL) owns over 5 million paper materials. Loanable items can be delivered and returned at several UBL library locations.

Current library services

Due to nationwide coronavirus regulations, Leiden University Libraries (UBL) has had to adjust its services. For an up-to-date overview, please check our webpage on library services during the coronavirus situation.

UBL library services during the coronavirus situation

To be able to borrow any items, please request them using the catalogue.

Due to coronavirus regulations, loanable items in open shelving you would normally fetch from the shelf and check out at the library desk, will now have to be requested using the catalogue. You'll be notified as soon as any item is ready for pick-up from the book lockers.

Delivery and pick-up

Upon requesting library materials that may be checked out, please choose the UBL pick-up location of your choice from the drop-down menu. Due to coronavirus regulations, not all UBL locations currently offer book pick-up options.

Delivery times may vary, according to the selected pick-up location and the day and time of your request. An email will be sent as soon as an item is ready for pick-up. For picking up books, it is not necessary to make an appointment.

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. 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.

These items may be requested using the catalogue, for consultation at the Special Collections Reading Room. Please note that currently, the Reading Room can be accessed only by Leiden University researchers and students, after having reserved a seat.

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