Q. What are the opening hours of the Special Collections Reading Room?


The Reading Room Special Collections currently provides limited access for Leiden University researchers. Thirteen workplaces are available at the moment, bookable in advance.

Applying for a visit

To apply for a workplace, please send an e-mail to specialcollections@library.leidenuniv.nl. Let us know on which day and during which time slot(s) you would like to visit, and which items you would like to view. From Monday to Friday, the time slots to choose from are:

  • 9:00 to 11:00
  • 11.30 to 13.30
  • 14:00 to 17:00

Your request must be sent in no later than 12:00 on the workday prior to your intended visit. We will inform you as to the availability of a seat during your preferred time slot. Approval of applications is handled in order of receipt.

Visiting Special Collections

When your application has been approved, you are welcome to visit during the agreed upon time.

When entering the University Library, you can use the lockers available at Café UBé, since the reading room lockers are temporarily not in use. Please report to the reception desk near the main entrance of the UB to have your registration checked, after which you will be admitted to the library. We ask you to thoroughly wash your hands before entering the library, and follow the indicated route. 

Once in the reading room, please report to the desk. Staff will show you your workplace, and provide you with the requested items. Walking routes are indicated on the floor, so that passing one another is kept to a minimum. After your visit, please return all documents or objects at the desk, and leave the room by the indicated route, accompanied by a staff member.

Workplaces at the Reading Room Special Collections are cleaned thoroughly between visits. Consulted items are kept in quarantine for two days after use.

Digital Collections

Please find our rich and varied Digital Collections online.

  • Laatste update Jul 23, 2020
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