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Library card

A personal, activated library card (LU-Card) is required to enter the libraries and to use on-site library facilities.

Due to coronavirus regulations in The Netherlands, Leiden University Libraries (UBL) has had to adjust its services. During the December/January lockdown period, the options to reserve a library study place are more limited than before. For an up-to-date overview of our current range of services, please check our webpage on library services during the coronavirus situation.

UBL library services during the coronavirus situation

Leiden University students, staff and alumni

Leiden University students are automatically registered for library membership. Your LU-Card doubles as library (entrance) card, right after it has been activated.

Please apply for a LU-Card online and have it activated after receiving it. Your LU-Card, just like your ULCN account, is strictly personal.

Leiden University and KITLV staff members and research fellows are automatically registered for library membership. Your LU-Card doubles as library (entrance) card. The card can be applied for online. After receiving the card, please have it activated before use.

LUMC and GGZ Rivierduinen staff have to apply for a library card at the Walaeus Library.

Leiden University alumni are automatically registered for library membership. Your student's LU-Card will still be used as library card.

Alumni graduated before september 2006 can have a free library card made at the University Library desk. In addition to a valid means of ID we ask you to provide evidence of your graduation.

PhD graduates who do not have an alumni account may apply for a library guest account; please find more information on the Leiden University alumni page.

Library card options for visitors and guests

A library account can be made in person only, at one of our library desks except for the Law Library.


An annual fee card or a free library card allows you to borrow materials from the various UBL library locations. Your card comes with a username and password for the catalogue.

Using Special Collections materials

During the December/January lockdown, visitors and guests can temporarily not consult any Special Collections materials.

Access to digital resources

Due to publishers' licensing restrictions, visitors may access digital resources from within the university network only. Leiden University alumni have remote access to several of the databases offered by the library, using their ULCN-account at Leiden Alumni Databases.

Because of the current coronavirus situation access policies, we cannot offer visitors' access to these resources at the moment. Please contact us using Ask a librarian, in case you have any questions.

Freely available digital resources, requiring no library membership, include the Leiden Repository and Leiden University Libraries Digital Collections.

Study places

Due to coronavirus regulations, study places are currently not available for use by visitors.

An annual fee card costs €30. No library card fee will be charged to:

  • Leiden University external PhD candidates
  • Leiden University Professors Emeriti
  • Staff at Leiden museums, the National Library of the Netherlands (KB), and KNAW and NWO research institutes
  • Members of the 'Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde' (MNL), the KITLV Learned Society, the 'Vereniging Vrienden van het Instituut Kern' (VVIK), and the Società Dante Alighieri Leiden/Den Haag
  • Members of Friends of Leiden University Libraries who pay a yearly contribution of €95 or more
  • Individuals enrolled in a language course at the Leiden University Academic Language Centre
  • Staff at Dutch universities affiliated with VSNU
  • Students enrolled at Dutch universities affiliated with VSNU
  • Students enrolled at Dutch universities of applied sciences affiliated with the Vereniging Hogescholen

Upon registering or renewing your library card, please bring personal identification: passport, ID-card or Dutch driver’s licence, and proof of your current residential address.

Should you (still) qualify for free membership, please show proof of eligibility.

You will be notified by email when your library card is about to expire. In most cases we can renew your account without you having to visit the library in person. Please reply to the notification, or contact us using Ask a librarian.

Your library card comes with logon data for library computers, wifi, and the UBL catalogue. In case you do not remember your library username and/or password, please apply for a new password online.

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