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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 and the Law Library buildings, 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 webpage on admission. At both the University Library and the Law Library, some access restrictions apply.

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 collections 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 libraries 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 shelved at the Van Steenis Depot or at 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.

Digital resources

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.

Printing and photocopying

 For printing and photocopying, the library card (LU-Card) is used.

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