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About this site

This website provides access to the collection guides of the archives and collections held by Leiden University Libraries. A collection guide describes the items of a collection or archive on a general level, and informs about its history, acquisition, other finding aids and related material. The collection guides on this website may also contain an inventory, and links to digitized content. The level of detail can vary between the collection guides.

Requesting Materials

Collections often consist of individual items that have been described in and can be requested through the the online catalogue. Use the Collection Guides Request Form to request items that are not described in our catalogue, like most archival items. To order digital images please use the order form. Requested materials can only be consulted in the Special Collections Reading Room, for which a library card is required. Access to the materials may be restricted. Information about (temporal) restrictions can be found in the collection guide. Some collections and archives have not yet been processed, and therefore an online collection guide is not available.