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Can't find it at UBL

If an item is not available at Leiden University Libraries, you can fill out a purchase request, borrow materials directly from another library, or request a book loan or article delivery through interlibrary loan.


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


Borrowing directly from another library

Leiden University students and staff can apply for a library card free of charge at all Dutch universities (this does not apply to universities of applied sciences / HBO). Please always bring your ID card along and your student's card, if applicable.

The KB, the National Library of the Netherlands, offers a 50% discount to Leiden University students.

Interlibrary loan services (ILL)

  • Find the title in WorldCat
  • Click on 'Find a copy in the library' to see whether the item is available in a Dutch university library or the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands)
  • Click on 'Request through ILL' and fill in the request form. Outside of the university network, please use this proxy server link to access WorldCat ILL services

ILL fees within the Netherlands

Book € 13 Pin or credit card payment
at the desk (upon delivery)
or book chapter
€ 6,50 Payable by invoice


Articles and book chapters will be delivered electronically. As soon as a document is made available, you will receive an email containing a link and a password to access the article. Articles will be available for a 30 day period, during which it can be accessed 5 times.


Books requested via ILL can be picked up at the library location specified in your request. Delivery times usually range from a week to ten days. You will be notified by email as soon as an item is ready for pick-up.

For ILL loans, the UBL circulation policy applies.


Leiden University staff, students and professors emeriti may suggest the UBL to purchase books, journals, databases, and other library materials currently not held by the library.

Library materials purchase request

International ILL

If a publication is not held by any Dutch library, you may ask the library to try and request it through international ILL. Requests for publications that can be purchased online for a reasonable fee will not be processed.

International ILL fees

Book € 26 Pin or credit card payment
at the desk (upon delivery)
or book chapter
1-10 pages: € 13,00;
every extra page:
+ € 1,30
Pin or credit card payment
at the desk (upon delivery)
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