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Coronavirus: library services


All Leiden University Libraries locations are closed for studying, using reference materials, printing, photocopying, and all other in-house activities.

Due to the coronavirus situation in The Netherlands, Leiden University Libraries offers limited library services from 14 March 2020 onwards. We are working hard to maintain our online library services and customer support, as well as book loan options at several library locations.

Given the possible swift changes in the coronavirus situation and government regulations, this page will be updated regularly.

Leiden University students and staff

Online library services and remote access options for Leiden University students and Leiden University and KITLV staff, are currently being offered as usual.

Read e-books from home, or have a look at our vast e-journals collection. Browse our subject guides for your field of interest and improve your academic and search skills using our online tutorials. Treat yourself to some film and music. Learn all about open access publishing on the Centre for Digital Scholarship webpage.

Extra digital resources in coronavirus times

To meet with changing demands, many publishers have decided to make a huge amount of videos, e-books and other courseware available for free. For an overview, please check our webpage on extra digital resources during coronavirus.

Leiden University alumni

Leiden University alumni have remote access to a limited number of databases through Leiden Alumni Databases.

All Leiden University Libraries locations are closed for studying, using reference materials, printing, photocopying, and all other in-house activities.

At several library locations, patrons may visit to pick up and return books only: the University Library, the Social and Behavioural Sciences Library, the Van Steenis Building, and Wijnhaven Library in The Hague.


At several library locations, patrons may visit to pick up and return books only.

Loanable materials from the UBL library locations can be requested using the catalogue. Choose one of the following pick-up locations, where books may be picked up from the book lockers. Please await the availability email so as to be sure the items are ready for pick-up.

Library location Hours to pick up and return books
University Library

Monday to Friday: 9:00-17:00


Weekends: closed 

Social and Behavioural Sciences Library During opening hours of the Pieter de la Court building
Van Steenis  During opening hours of the Van Steenis building
Wijnhaven Library During opening hours of the Wijnhaven building


Borrowed books may be returned at any of the abovementioned library pick-up locations. Books may also be sent by mail, provided they are securely packaged and carry sufficient postage: 

University Library
User Services
P.O. Box 9501
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

Loan period and due date

The due date for all UBL loans has been set to 28 April, so as to prevent fines from happening to those who cannot visit the library for the time being.

In few cases, automatic renewal may not have been successful. Please contact us by replying to any overdue notices you may receive, or Ask a librarian.

In case you have reserved any items currently on loan, please allow for some more time for the books to become available.

Walaeus Library

Please find all information on services currently offered by the Walaeus Library (LUMC) on their opening hours webpage.

Centre for Digital Scholarship

Researchers can contact the Centre for Digital Scholarship (CDS) for questions, advice and training regarding data management, Open Access, copyright and use of digital data. Please contact CDS via email: cds@library.leidenuniv.nl.

Remote research

On the staff webpage on remote research, Leiden University provides researchers with up-to-date information on changes in procedures relating to research grants, support, and access to research facilities, and offers answers to frequently asked questions.

Library services for researchers

Please find an overview of current Leiden University Libraries services for researchers on our webpage on library services for researchers during coronavirus.

Coronavirus resources

Many publishers and content providers have gone out of their way to provide researchers with additional resources on the coronavirus (Covid-19).

Teachers that have requested course reserves at one of the Leiden University Libraries locations, are being offered several ways to make these materials available to students at home. For more information, please take a look at our webpage on course reserves for teachers.

A selection of books shelved in the University Library (UB) reading room and the Asian Library, and non-circulating items shelved at the Law, Wijnhaven and NINO libraries, can be made available and checked out to library patrons upon email request. Items will be determined suitable for loan on a case-by-case basis.

Please send an email to uitleen@library.leidenuniv.nl, stating your student number or username, plus author, title, volume and call number of the item needed, or copy the permalink from the catalogue. You will be notified as to the loan options and availability of the item. UB and Law Library items may be picked up from one of the lockers in the UB, Wijnhaven materials from the lockers at Wijnhaven Library.

Please note that reading these or other books on the spot is not allowed.

Given the closure of many libraries world-wide, ILL book loan services have been suspended.

Article requests through WorldCat are possible, but we can not guarantee delivery. Please contact us in case you should have any questions.

The Reading Room Special Collections is closed.

Curators can be contacted by email, and of course our rich Digital Collections are available online.

All public events and instruction sessions scheduled up to and including 1 June 2020 have been cancelled. 

Leiden University students wishing to transfer any of their P-disk files, may do so during a 20 minute time slot booked in advance, using a designated University Library (UB) computer. Please call the UB reception desk (+31 71 272800) to book a time slot.

You can send your P-disk files by email, or transfer them to Office 365. In case you choose to use Office, make sure to have access to Office services before your appointment at the library. Please find all necessary Office 365 information and manuals at Leiden University's Helpdesk Portal. Library staff can not offer assistance in this matter.

All enquiries regarding library services, and questions for our information specialists, can be asked at Ask a librarian. On weekdays from 9:00-17:00 we can also be reached by whatsapp, chat, and phone.

Subject librarians and curators can be reached using their regular university email address.

Please contact us with any questions you might have regarding your library account.

In case you have forgotten your password, you can request a new password online.

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