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Study areas

The library locations offer close to 2000 study places, with and without computer.

Study places up to and including 26 September 2021

At the moment, study places can be used by Leiden University students. Study places need to be booked in advance. For Leiden University staff and PhDs, a limited number of study places will be available (no reservation option).

Study places from 27 September 2021 onwards

Starting 27 September, most study places can be used freely by all library account and LU-Card holders, outside of exam periods. At several locations, some access restrictions apply.

Computer workplaces

Computer workplaces are available for use by Leiden University students only. They need to be booked in advance, using Leiden University's online booking system.

All library locations will offer several computers for use by other visitors. These places are marked with a white sticker.

Single occupancy study rooms in the UB

The University Library on Witte Singel offers sixteen individual study rooms, for reservation by Leiden University students.

Exam periods

During examination periods, study places will be available to Leiden University students only. Seats need to be booked in advance, using Leiden University's online booking system.

All library locations will have some study places available for other visitors. These study places are marked with a white sticker.

Exam periods for the academic year 2021-2022 

11 October 2021 - 31 October 2021

6 December 2021 - 26 December 2021

14 March 2022 - 3 April 2022

16 May 2022 - 5 June 2022

Booking a computer study place or single use study room

Bookings can be made one day in advance. Regular study places without computer can only be reserved during exam periods.

- Go to Leiden University's booking system and log on using your student account
- Choose a location, date, time and duration (max. 4 hours)
- Select an available seat
- Confirm your booking

Study place seat numbers can be found on each desk.

Using your booked study place

You can use your reserved study space only after having checked in. At the University Library and Law Library, you will automatically be checked in upon scanning your LU-Card at the entrance turnstiles. At all other locations, please scan the QR-code on the check-in posts near the ‘SharedDesk for Students Check-in’ banners.

Make sure to check in on time: your reservation will be cancelled if you have not checked in within 30 minutes after your booking's start time. The seat will then be available for use by another student.

Studying quietly, or having a conversation?

Several areas within the libraries, specifically the reading rooms, are marked as quiet zones. Outside of these zones you may confer in a subdued voice.


Leiden University offers two wireless networks: Eduroam (preferred, for university students and staff) and Leiden University Wireless Access. More info and user manuals can be found on the the university’s ICT Shared Service Centre's webpage.

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