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Library, ULCN and uMail

Leiden University alumni have lifetime access to the Leiden University Libraries (UBL) free of charge and your ULCN-account and uMail email address will remain in place.

Whether these services are available for you (directly), depends on your date of graduation. 

If you graduated before 31 August 2006, then you don't have a ULCN-account. You may apply for a guest account and LU-Card free of charge at one of the library desks of the Leiden University Libraries (UBL). Please bring a valid means of ID and proof of graduation (such as a copy of your degree certificate).

The LU-Card is your library access card. The guest account gives you the opportunity to use the digital services of the UBL and the workplaces of Leiden University. Alumni have access to a few large databases from home. 

Alumni that have graduated after 31 August 2006 can continue to use their ULCN-account and university e-mail. Sixty days after graduation the student account is converted to an alumnus account.

The username will remain the same, but the password has to be updated every once in a while. Your LU-Card is temporarily blocked, but you can have it unblocked at one of the library desks of the Leiden University Libraries (UBL). 

The LU-Card is your library access card. The guest account gives you the opportunity to use the digital services of the UBL and the workplaces of Leiden University. Alumni have access to a few large databases from home. It's also possible to log into the tests and job portal of the LU Careerzone.

Please note: We strongly advice alumni to forward their uMail (PDF) to their personal mail, and to let their personal mail address be added to the alumni database. As alumnus it's no longer possible to use the wifi-facilities via Eduroam. Also services like Surfspot and Blackboard are not accessible for alumni. With your alumnus account it's possible though to use the wifi network Leiden University on university locations. 

Currently only PHD-graduates who have been registered as a student during their PhD-track (and who have had a ULCN-account and student number), can obtain an alumnus account. In general we can say:

PhD-graduates who started their PhD-track between Okt 2006 and Jan 2015 don't get an alumnus account automatically. They can request an account by sending an e-mail to info@alumni.leidenuniv.nl. Please mention your name, initials, birth date and student number. You can have your LU-card unblocked at one of the library desks of the Leiden University Libraries (UBL). 

PhD-graduates who started their PhD-track before Okt 2006 or after Jan 2015 didn't have a ULCN-account or have been registered as employee. Unfortunately they can't get an alumnus account at the moment, but they can request a Leiden University Libraries guest account and LU-Card free of charge at one of the UBL library desks. This makes it possible to continue using the library services. Please bring a valid means of ID and proof of graduation (such as a copy of your degree certificate).

The LU-Card is your library access card. The guest account gives you the opportunity to use the digital services of the UBL and the workplaces of Leiden University. Alumni have access to a few large databases from home. 

Forgotten ULCN-account password/username

Did you forget your password or username? You can reset your password or request your username via Account Self Service. This is only possible if:

  • You have registered a non-university email address or mobile telephone number
  • You have set the answers to the security questions
  • You know the answers to the security questions

If you are unable to use Account Self Service, you can ask for a new password via this online form or by contacting the ISSC Helpdesk (also for requesting usernames). 

Lost LU-Card

If you lost your LU-Card, you can get a replacement card by contacting one of the LU-Card helpdesks (PDF) or the central helpdesk via 071 - 527 2727 or lu-card@leidenuniv.nl (please remember to state your account name if you contact them through email).

More information

More information for alumni about using the Leiden University Libraries can be found on their website.