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Study areas

Library access during coronavirus measures

Due to limited seating capacity per room, all study places need to be booked in advance; this includes the study places marked with a light blue sticker. Only Leiden University students can reserve study places.

For the time being, several visitor groups do not have access to the libraries. 

Coronavirus guidelines

  • Please book a test if you have any coronavirus symptoms
  • Always do the corona check before visiting the library 
  • Keep 1,5 metres distance whenever and wherever possible
  • Inside the libraries, please keep to the indicated one-way walking routes
  • Facemasks must be worn at all times, even when you are seated. Disposable facemasks (type II) are preferred
  • Do a self-test twice a week, even when not showing any symptoms. University staff and students can order self-tests free of charge

Study places that need to be booked in advance can be reserved and used by Leiden University students only. At the moment, this applies to all study places marked with a dark blue or a light blue sticker.

Computers

Computers are available for use by Leiden University students only. They need to be booked in advance.

All library locations will offer several computers for use by other visitors. These places are marked with a white sticker. They cannot be reserved.

Single occupancy study rooms in the UB

The University Library on Witte Singel offers sixteen individual study rooms, for use by Leiden University students. The rooms need to be booked in advance.

Study places during exam periods and coronavirus measures

During examination periods and periods of more severe coronavirus regulations, study places are available to Leiden University students only. Seats need to be booked in advance.

All library locations will have some study places available for visitors to whom the UBL library access restrictions do not apply. In the University Library this applies to reading room 1. These study places are marked with a white sticker; they cannot be reserved.

Exam periods / coronavirus measures
Due to strict coronavirus guidelines, currently both library access restrictions and study place booking procedures apply, just as in exam periods.

Upcoming exam periods for 2022:

  • 14 March - 3 April 2022
  • 16 May - 5 June 2022

Booking a study place

  • Go to Leiden University's online study place booking system and log on using your student account
  • Choose a location, date, time and duration (max. 4 hours, no fixed time slots)
  • 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.

Study places marked with a dark blue sticker
Study places marked with a light blue sticker
  • outside of exam periods and periods of coronavirus measures: freely available to all library visitors
  • during exam periods and periods of coronavirus measures: only available to Leiden University students, after online reservation
Study places marked with a white sticker
  • freely available, no booking options

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

Leiden University offers two wireless networks:

For more info and user manuals please check the university’s ICT Shared Service Centre's webpage.

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