Borrowing & requesting books and articles

Besides the digital collections, a large print collection is available at the Forum and Leeuwenborch buildings. Most of the print books can be borrowed. Rare and valuable books, reference works, the journals and the compulsory study books are only available for reference. You can read these in the Library, but you cannot borrow them.

You can search for and reserve books in WUR Library Search. In Forum and Leeuwenborch Library, you can take the books from the open shelves yourself and borrow them at the self-service or lending desk.

Loan rules

Students and staff of WUR can borrow books and other materials with their WUR card. All others need to set up a guest account and register in person at the lending desk in Forum Library. See for more info Access and registration.

Registration and borrowing are free of charge. You may borrow up to 25 books at one time. In My Library you can find an overview of your current loans and reservations.

The loan period of borrowed books is 28 days. As of the academic year 2020-2021, borrowed books will be renewed automatically after 28 days. We will renew the loan period automatically for up to 10 times unless the book has been reserved. When renewal is not possible you'll get a request to return your library books within 7 days.

Requesting items from closed stacks

Besides the books available on the open library shelves, we have books and journals in the closed stacks. These need to be requested in WUR Library Search via the blue "Get it!" button.

In general, publications requested before 16.50 hrs (on working days only), can be picked up the same day. You will receive an email when the item is available for you on the reservation shelves. You have seven days to pick up the requested item. Books for WUR staff will be sent to their office.

Please take notice that after 19.00 and during the weekends you can only access the Forum building and the Library with a valid WURcard


If a book is out on loan, you can make a reservation directly in WUR Library Search. Use the blue "Get it!" button, then click on the link "Submit a copy or loan request for this book". Book reservations are free of charge.

Books for WUR staff will be sent to their office. Students will receive an email as soon as the reserved book is available for pick-up at the Library. You have seven days to pick up the requested item.

Automatic Renewal

As of this academic year (2020-2021) borrowed books will be automatically renewed unless:

  • The book has been reserved by another person. 
  • The item has reached its maximum number of renewals (up to 10 times).
  • The item is an Inter Library Loan item (e.g. borrowed from another library).

When renewal is not possible you'll get an email request to return your library books within 7 days. Failure to return a requested book will result in an automatic block being applied to your library account. If you do not respond to notices from the Library or return a requested book by the due date you will be invoiced for the full cost of a replacement copy and handling costs.

It is your responsibility to ensure that items you have borrowed are returned to the Library on time. Notifications are sent to your official WUR email account. Notifications for external users are sent to their given email address. Please note that our service provider OCLC, will send these emails. The sender address is

All notices from WUR Library are a courtesy only. Failure to receive these notifications, for whatever reasons, does not discharge your liability to pay overdue fines.