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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 the Social Sciences library, the Law Library, the Faculty of Science Libraries as well as at the University Library's basement open stacks (S-UB), books and journals may be fetched directly from the shelf and checked out at the library desk. This material may also be requested using the Catalogue.

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


Circulating items requested via the Catalogue will be delivered at the Leiden University Libraries (UBL) location of your choice. Upon requesting an item you may choose the pick-up location 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.

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 refer to the online account services form or visit one of the library desks.