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New button 'Remote Access' on website

The button 'Old Catalogue' in the right hand menu bar on our website has been replaced by the   new button 'Remote Access' to help you access our digital resources more easily from home.

Lectures: Investigating Indonesia

Everyday life, populair music, the Caribbean and female islamic leidership. A series of 4 lectures to accompany the exhibition Investigating Indonesia in the University Library.

Rare medieval bookmark found

A special discovery in Leiden University Library: Book historian Erik Kwakkel found a rare medieval bookmark. Worldwide we know of only 35 similar specimen.

KITLV collections to UBL

Since July 1st, 2014, the KITLV library and collections are managed by Leiden University Libraries. Check out these recommendations to help you continue using the KITLV collections.


Café UBé is the renewed coffeebar at the University Library. Enjoy delicious coffee, tea, sandwiches and sweets in a relaxed meeting point.

Back to regular opening hours

From Monday September 1, the libraries apply regular opening hours again. Exception is made for the Walaeus Library which continues holiday opening hours until September 5.

Oldest Quran Fragments in Leiden

The Oriental collections of the Leiden University Libraries preserve a small number of ancient Quran fragments. Thanks to radiocarbon dating we now know that the oldest fragments are from the second half of the seventh century CE, some 30 to 70 years after the death of the Prophet Muhammad.


The library recently upgraded its SFX screen with a new layout and other enhancements.

Café UBé: modern coffee bar for UB

The coffee facility in the University Library will be transformed into the Café UBé this summer. After renovation, fresh luxurious coffees will be served again by the start of the academic year in a modern and comfortable, coffee bar where you can meet with your contacts.