University Library

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.

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.

Pickup location 19th century books

Vulnerable 19th century books in the University Library were handed out at the service desk on the ground floor. Now you can consult them at the Special Collections Reading Room.