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Services for Leiden University alumni

Leiden University alumni and non-funded PhD graduates can continue to use library facilities free of charge.

Library card

A Leiden University Libraries (UBL) library card allows Leiden University alumni and PhD graduates to keep using the various library facilities free of charge.


After graduation, your student's account will automatically be changed into an alumnus account. You can continue to use the same log-on data, LU-Card, and uMail address. If you do not have a LU-Card yet you can request one either online using Account Self Service, or in person at Plexus or at one of the libraries.

Alumni graduated before september 2006 may apply for a library card free of charge at one of the library desks. Please bring a valid means of ID and evidence of your graduation at Leiden University.

PhD graduates

Non-funded PhD graduates may apply for a library guest account; please find more information on the Leiden University alumni page.

Accessing databases

All databases provided by the UBL may be accessed from within the University network, with the exception of the 'Legal Intelligence' database (access for students and staff only). 

Via Leiden Alumni Databases alumni now have remote access to the following databases:

  • Academic Search Alumni Edition
  • Art Index (H.W. Wilson)
  • Criminal Justice Abstracts
  • Library Literature & Information Science Index (H.W. Wilson)
  • JSTOR collections: Arts & Sciences I, II, III, VII, IV and Early Journal Content 

Friends of Leiden University Libraries

We would like to invite you as an alumnus or PhD to become a member of the Friends of Leiden University Libraries foundation. Friends contribute to the preservation, expansion, restauration and maintenance of the collections. 

As a friend of Leiden University Libraries you will receive invitations for lectures, themed activities and exhibition openings, and you will be kept updated on developments at the libraries.