The library has an extensive collection of books and journals on every subject that is taught at the Erasmus University. Searching for a book or journal? Look it up in sEURch, our search engine. On the following pages you will find more information about borrowing library books and journals:

  • Start searching for the book in sEURch. First, type a search term, title or author in the search bar. If you’re off campus a log in will appear. Log in as follows:

    • EUR student/staff? Click on Login with ERNA account
    • Select Erasmus University Rotterdam (first time only)
    • Enter your ERNA-ID (username and password)
    • Click on Log in
    • If you’re not an EUR student or staff member, select Users without ERNA account: login with library account
    • Log in with your user name (=library card number) and library password.

    The search result appears. Click on Explore all editions & formats near the book title you want to borrow for a complete survey of available editions. Click on the title of the edition with Erasmus University Rotterdam. Is the book a printed copy from the closed stacks, you'll see at Availability a request number and the library location. For example:

    University Library - Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet Closed Stacks (for loan) Available
    ISS The Hague Closed Stacks (for loan) - Available

    To borrow a book, do the following:

    • Click on the orange Place hold button
    • EUR student or staff member? Type in your ERNA username and password
    • Click on Yes, share this data (first time only)
    • If you’re not an EUR student or staff member, select Users without ERNA account: login with library account
    • Log in with your user name (=library card number) and library password.
    • Check the I want it from box
    • Choose the pickup location of your choice at I want to pick up at
    • Click on Submit
    • Click on View Requests to check your requests

    You will be notified by email when your book is available for collection.
    If you choose University Library – Self Service UB-RLK as your collection location, your book will be available on the pick-up shelf on West 0 in the University Library. Take the book from the pick-up shelf and check it out yourself using your EUR student card or library card. Otherwise the book will be ready for collection at one of the other locations, as selected in sEURch.

    Course material and reference works are arranged by subject in the study areas at East 0 and East +1 in the library building. Consult sEURch to find the location of a specific publication. For example:
    University Library Open Collection with a location code, for example: 70.03 Gher
    You can borrow these books as well, just pick them up from the shelves. But you can also read them or photocopy pages from them.
    Requested books will be available for collection for seven days. Check the opening times for the University Library before you collect your book(s).

    Is the book available online, you can click to the full text of the book via the button View eBook at Access online. Then click on the link to the database or publisher offering the e-book (eg JSTOR, EBSCOhost, Doab, Ebook Library, SpringerLink).

    Borrowing, reserving and renewing: more information
    Opening hours University Library


  • If a particular book is not available for borrowing, then you can make a reservation. It is the same procedure as borrowing a book. Once the book is available, you will receive an e-mail notification. Students and employees of the EUR will receive this notification on their ERNA e-mail account. You have seven days to collect your reservation.

    Borrowing, reserving and renewing books: more information


  • To borrow books via sEURch as an EUR student or staff member you need your ERNA account to identify yourself. After identification, you can not only borrow books, but also check your borrower information or extend the loan period of your books.

    EUR students and EUR staff members:

    Erna ID: type here your ERNA username ( /
    Password: ERNA password

    Other borrowers:

    Other borrowers do this with a so-called Library account:

    Library card number: type here your library card number
    Library password: password of your own choice

    No library account? Create one. Select Users within ERNA account: login with Library account. Type in your library card number en choose Set/reset password.

  • EUR staff / students may borrow a total of up to 50 books at one time. This total is 10 or 15 for other borrowers. This depends on your membership. 

  • You can extend the loan period of your books yourself with four weeks via sEURch:

    • Click on the Sign in button at top of the screen
    • Log in with* your username and password
    • Sign in changes into a button with your initials
    • Choose My account
    • At the tab Checked out you'll see an overview of your borrowed books
    • Here you can extend the loan period of your books by clicking Renew at each book
    • Note: make sure that the Due Date has changed!

    * EUR students and staff members log in with their ERNA account. Other borrowers log in with their library card number and a previously chosen password. 

    Extending the loan period: more information on the library website


  • Books from the collection of the Erasmus University are located at different locations:

    • University Library (Woudestein, University Library Building), including the collection of Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet 
    • ISS The Hague (Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague)

    When you request a book via sEURch, you can choose the location to pick up the book.

  • You can hand in your books via the self-return on West 0 at the University Library or in the return box at the Polak Building, on the right of the entrance.

    When handing in your books you can choose to receive a confirmation by email. Did you return all books to the self-return or return box? Click the End button and choose Confirm. If you do not want a confirmation by email, choose Skip.

    Costs incurred can be paid at the information desk in the University Library. Mention the opening hours of the information desk.


  • If a book that is in your possession has been requested by someone else, you will receive a free notification per e-mail.

    The loan period for books is four weeks. After four weeks the loan period will be renewed automatically. We do this up to three times. If you do not return the book in time you will receive a reminder after the due date and a second reminder after a week. After that you will receive a bill for the replacement of the book. Go to Fines and fees for overdue charges.

    The fine for not returning books on time can be paid at the information desk of the University Library. Please keep in mind the opening hours of the information desk. Payment is possible either through PIN or credit card. Fines and other types of payment can also be paid online. In order to be able to do this, you first have to contact the library via the online form for instructions.

  • Everyone can borrow books and view journals at the University Library. Are you a student or a staff member of another university or university of applied sciences, alumni, private researcher or an employee of the Erasmus Medical Center? Read how you can become a member and about the other services you can use .

    Becoming a member: information on the library website
    Services for visitors

  • You can become member as a private researcher. A membership costs € 30,00 per year. Are you a graduate from the EUR and a member of an alumni association, then the library will create a personal library card for you in return of an annual € 15,00 fee.

    Read about the conditions for EUR alumni
    Services for visitors

  • No. In order to borrow books, you need a student card or library card. Please report cases of loss or theft as soon as possible at the information desk at the University Library.

    More information on the library website.

  • If a book or journal article is not available in the library collection, then you can request this yourself via sEURch at a different library. For EUR staff this service is free of charge. However, costs are involved for EUR students and other users. Read more about borrowing from another library.

  • Yes, you can extend the lending period yourself via MyAccount in our search engine sEURch. This is the same process as extending a book loan from the library itself.