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Services for Leiden University alumni

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


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


A library card at Leiden University Libraries (UBL) allows Leiden University alumni and PhD graduates to keep using 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 plus evidence of your graduation at Leiden University.

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

With your alumnus account, 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).

Remote access

Leiden Alumni Databases offers 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 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7, and Early Journal Content

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

All email notices to Leiden University alumni graduated after August 2006 regarding loans, requests, and overdue fines, are sent to the uMail-address associated with your account.

Due to several Leiden University uMail updates, users may currently experience issues regarding uMail forwarding settings and/or mailbox access.

We would like to invite you, as an alumnus or PhD, to join 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 be invited to lectures, themed activities and exhibition openings, and you will be kept updated on various developments within the libraries.

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