Catalogues (other libraries)

Manual search and Request

Via sEURch (catalogue of the Erasmus University) you can look up, request and reserve books and periodicals both from the Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet (RLK) and from other Library branches within the Erasmus University (EUR): The University Library, The medical Library, and the ISS Library (Institute for Social Sciences) in the Hague. Members of the Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet can also borrow books and periodicals from these branches using their RLK-membership card. sEURch offers students and employees at the EUR access to digital journals and databases. Although the button “View Online” appears on your screen, as a member of the Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet you cannot access digital journals and databases from home but only at the library using a so-called day-account. More information about using a day-account: at the circulation desk of the Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet, via or phone: 010-408 1195. 


Start searching titles via Search our collection  on the homepage of the Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet. Type author, title words or keyword and click on the magnifying glass on the far right in the search column. An authentication screen appears.

Authentication, log on, (sign in).

On the authentication screen click on continue as guest-without logging in . (Employees and EUR-students can log in with their erna account, whereas RLK members do not have such an account). The authentication screen may appear more often during your searches. Each time it does you choose continue as guest-without logging in .

As a member of the Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet you generally log on after you have selected a title to request or reserve by clicking on the button Place Hold / Reserveren . You will then be asked to log on. Use the number on your membership card. If it is the first time you log on you will be asked for a new password. Your previous password, the first three letters of your surname, is no longer valid!

You can also log on before reserving your books. Click on the button in the top right corner: Aanmelden/ Sign in

As soon as you are logged on (signed in) your initials will appear in the top right corner of the screen.

Viewing the title in the catalogue

If you only wish to browse through titles that are held by the Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet, please make sure to tick the box “Libraries Leeskabinet” in the left hand column on your screen. If you tick “Erasmus University” you will also view the titles held by the University Library.

Directly below the titles shown in the catalogue there is a blue oval box which indicates whether a title is beschikbaar/available, which means you can borrow the book or reserve the book.

Often the title description states: Meer uitgaven en indelingen/Other Editions & Formats. By clicking on this you will get an overview of the different editions and copies of the title you selected.

The general decription In bezit van / Held by ‘Erasmus University Rotterdam’ means the book is either at the Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet or at the University Library. By clicking on the title/edition you can view which is where.

Borrowing / reserving a book

Once you have selected a title in the catalogue click on it and then click below on Availability / Holdings.

The catalogue presents the number of copies available at the Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet or the University Library; and also indicates if the book is available (available for request) or whether it is on loan and, hence, can be reserved (available for reservation).

Both for requesting an available book and for reserving a book that is on loan one and the same button is used. So in either instance, click Reserveren/Place Hold. Continue to follow the instructions on your screen and make sure to choose a pick up location. If you choose Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet you can collect your items at the RLK circulation desk. (V-building).

If you request books from other branches of the University library you can also choose the Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet as your pick up location. Books from the Medical Library and the ISS will be delivered free of charge, but it will take a few days before those are available for pick up at the Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet, as those books have to be packed and posted.

For each request or reservation you will receive an e-mail once the book is ready to be picked up.

The system terminology does not distinguish between request and reserve. Hence, a request for a book which is available is also called a reservation. The announcement: ‘you are next in the hold queue’ means your book, if available, will be retrieved from our stacks for pick up or, if the book is not available but still on loan, that you are the next one in line. In both cases you will receive an email once the book is ready for pick up at the circulation desk you chose as your pick up location.

Browsing and requesting periodicals

Current issues of periodicals are available at the reading room of the Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet. Older issues are held in our depositories and can be requested, although not via the online sEURch catalogue. For requesting periodicals from the depositories please contact the circulation desk of the Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet ( or phone 010 408 1195. Please state title, call number and the issues and editions you wish to reserve.

Adjust language and filters

The catalogue accommodates many languages to choose from. The selected language follows the language of your browser. If you wish to change the settings scroll down and select your language.

You can filter per branch of the University Library in the left column on the screen. Advice: restricting your search, for example, by ticking the box Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet, will get you the quickest and best result. Please note that search restrictions need to be re-affirmed with each new search, as the default mode of the catalogue is searching all Libraries, whereby items held by the Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet and the University Library are presented at the top of your list of results. Such a default search will also present you with articles from digital journals at the EUR and other libraries. However, it is not possible for members of the Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet to consult these journals from home as online journals can only be consulted at the library itself.

Questions and suggestions

For questions and suggestions about our new catalogue and on how to request books and periodicals you can enquire in person at the circulation desk of the Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet, via email or phone: 010-4081195.