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Can't find it at UBL

If a publication is not available at Leiden University Libraries (UBL), there are several options to obtain it from another library.

Leiden University students and staff may obtain a library card free of charge at any of the Dutch university libraries. The Royal Library (KB) offers a 50% student discount.

Inter-library loan services

For a fee, the UBL offers inter-library loan services (ILL). Availability in other Dutch libraries can be checked in PiCarta.

ILL requests

Library patrons who have had a PiCarta account made can use the account to search for and request materials. ILL items may be collected and returned at the UBL library location where the account was made.

Due to the forthcoming implementation of a new ILL system, no new PiCarta accounts will be made from September 2018 onwards. Both the University Library (UB) and the Wijnhaven Library in the Hague offer the option to use ILL services without a PiCarta-account. Please refer to the library desk for ILL request forms.

Delivery times can range from a week to ten days. The UBL circulation policy applies.

International loans

If a publication is not held by any of the Dutch libraries participating in PiCarta, you may request the library to try and obtain it through international ILL. Please contact the library desk of your UBL location. Requests for publications that can be purchased online for a reasonable fee will not be processed.


ILL within the Netherlands

  • Books: € 6,50
  • Articles: 1-10 copies € 6,50; every extra page = + € 0,65

International ILL

  • Books: € 26,00
  • Articles: 1-10 copies € 13,00; every extra page = + € 1,30

ILL at the Faculty of Science

Students and staff at the Faculty of Science may apply for an ILL request using a webform. Please contact the Gorlaeus Library for more information.

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