Library card

You need a library card when you want to borrow library material from Utrecht University Library. If you only want to consult material in the library, you can apply for a free reading room card.

Applying for a library card

You may apply for a library card by registering at one of the locations of Utrecht University Library. You must bring a valid proof of identity and address.

Registering  is free of charge for:

  • Staff and students of Utrecht University, UMC Utrecht, of other Dutch universities and of other institutions affiliated with Dutch universities (PDF in Dutch only); (not UU students on presentation of their student card and proof of enrolment)
  • Students and staff of the Hogeschool Utrecht (HU) and Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU), Marnix Academy, Humanistisch Vormingsonderwijs (HVO) (Humanistic Socio-Cultural Education) en Hoger Onderwijs voor Ouderen (HOVO) (Higher Education for Older People)
  • Staff of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands), the Royal Dutch Academy of Science (KNAW) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
  • Secondary school pupils and students of ROC’s of schools situated in the province of Utrecht (on presentation of their school/student card)
  • Utrecht University alumni in possession of an alumni card 
  • persons in possession of an U-pas

All other library users have to register at an annual fee of € 50 to obtain a Utrecht University Library card.

Period of validity and renewal

  • The validity period of the library cards of Utrecht University students is automatically renewed each academic year.
  • Membership of Utrecht University staff expires after three years.
  • Membership of other borrowers expires after one year.

Please renew your card at the service desk of any University Library location.

  • Utrecht University staff on presentation of a valid proof of identity and address
  • Students of  Hogeschool Utrecht and students of all Dutch universities on presentation of their student cards of the current academic year and a valid proof of identity and address
  • Alumni on presentation of their alumni card of the current calendar year and a valid proof of identity and address
  • Other groups with a free library card on presentation of a valid proof of identity and address

Renewing paid membership

Persons who have to pay an annual library fee will receive a reminder by email or letter some time before the period of validity of their cards expires, wint instructions about how to pay the  €50 to renew your membership. On presentation of a valid proof of idenity and address you can also pay the library fee at the service desk.