Services for Visitors and Guests
The Leiden University Libraries are open to the public, no academic affiliation is required.
Entering the library
To be able to use the various library facilities, and to have access to the University Library, visitors need to obtain a library card at one of the library desks. Regular membership fee is €30 per year; the fee for a day pass is €10.
More information on terms and conditions, and on how to check if you are eligible for a free library card, can be found on our info page on Admittance.
Borrowing and consultation
An annual fee card entitles visitors to borrow materials from the various UBL library locations.
In general, early printed works, maps, atlases, manuscripts and other rare and valuable items as well as reading room collections are non-circulating. Reading room items may be consulted on the spot, all other non-circulating items can be requested using the Catalogue; they will be made available for consultation at the Reading Room Special Collections.
Visitor’s day pass
Visitors wishing to use the library facilities for one day only may purchase a day pass for a fee of €10. On the day of purchase, this card allows you to:
- access the University Library (UB) at Witte Singel and use reading room materials
- use the libraries’ computer and WIFI facilities
- consult materials requested from the University Library’s stacks, during the service hours of the Reading Room Special Collections
Please note that a day pass can not be used to request materials placed at the Van Steenis Depot or from library locations other than the University Library.
To be able to consult materials the same day, requests should be placed before 15h30, from Monday to Friday. Allow for approximately one hour for the materials to be delivered to the Reading Room Special Collections.
We recommend bringing your own device. Upon registering for library membership you will be issued with personal logon data for Leiden University’s wireless network.
Subscription-based article databases and electronic journals may be accessed using the Catalogue. Due to licensing restrictions, visitors may access these resources from within the university network only.
Freely available UBL digital resources, requiring no library membership, include Leiden Repository, Leiden Digital Special Collections, and KITLV Digital Resources.
First visit to Leiden?
The Visitor Centre Leiden serves as the main information desk for new students and visiting scholars. It is located at Stationsweg 26, close to Leiden Central railway station.