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Study materials

All of our courses require you to do (background) reading. This may include books, readers and/or materials uploaded to the online learning environment Blackboard. An overview of the literature you need to study can be found in the course description in the online prospectus, under the heading ‘Reading list’.


Course books are usually available to buy from:

Ordering online readers

You can order readers and syllabi (but not course books) from Leiden University’s ordering site. To do this, visit Readeronline:

  1. Log in with your ULCN account.
  2. Look for the right products by filtering by faculty (Humanities) and programme.
  3. Select the readers you want to order and add them to your basket.
  4. Click on ‘Basket’ to confirm and place your order, and to pay.
  5. Proceed to the payment page and choose your preferred method of payment.
  6. Indicate whether you would like your order to be delivered, or whether you will pick it up yourself.
  7. Place your order. You will receive a confirmation e-mail containing an overview of the order and your order number. You will also receive an e-mail confirming payment. Important: you have not yet paid for your order. The order will only be processed once payment has been received.

Once you have paid for your order, the materials will be produced and delivered to your designated delivery address within 5 working days. When the order has arrived, you will receive an e-mail containing a pick-up slip. Show this pick-up slip and your student card to pick up your order.


Some courses use Blackboard. To gain access the digital study materials, you must first register for the course within Blackboard:

  1. Log in with your ULCN account.
  2. Click on the ‘courses’ tab (top left).
  3. Search for your module under ‘Course Search’ (top left) or search in the 'Course Catalog' (right-hand side): click on Faculty of Humanities, bachelor’s programmes and the programme your course is part of.
  4. When you have found your course, do not click on the course code; instead, click on the arrows icon next to the course code.
  5. Then click on ‘Enrol’, ‘Submit’ and ‘OK’.

You are now registered for the course. From now on, every time you log in, you will be able to click straight through from your personalised start page to the course information.

If you are having trouble registering with Blackboard, come and see us at the Humanities Student Information Desk. We’ll be happy to help!

University Library

Of course, you can also use the University Library. You’ll need a LU-Card, which you can apply for online or in person at one of the LU-Card helpdesks.

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